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Jon's Story

Organ donor JonOn Jan. 27, I received the phone call that started a new chapter in my life.

 

My son Jon (pictured) had been in a snowmobile accident. When our family arrived at the hospital, doctors confirmed our worst fears. Jon had no brain activity.

 

The decison to donate Jon's organs was an easy decision for our family. When Jon was 8 his grandfather died and we donated his organs. Jon learned at an early age how organ donation could help save someone life. Jon would say, "If anything bad should happen, donate my organs to another boy or girl."

 

The OPO keeps us updated about our recipient families. I think of them every day, how my tragedy has given life to someone else.

 

Jon was very proud of his growing business, Ultimate Concrete. At Christmas he surprised everyone with Ultimate Sweatshirts. Jon was a very outgoing guy who always had a smile and a story to tell. He enjoyed four-wheeling, snowmobiling and hunting.

 

Jon was always busy. You could find him shed hunting, picking morels, racing anything that had wheels, and spending time with his 3-year-old daughter, Kali. He took everything to the extreme. With the record snowfall last winter, Jon was riding snowmobile every weekend.

 

God decided he would take Jon after a long fun Saturday of riding with his buddies. He left us doing what he loved. Jon is missed by many family and friends. We will share all the wonderful memories he left with Kali as she grows. He is like the wind. You can't see him...but you will always feel him.

 

(May 2, 1980 to Jan. 27, 2008)