Dancing in heaven

December 8, 2007 from Skip | The Whole Story| 31 Comments | ««Previous - Next»»

Don has crossed over into heaven. He died peacefully at 12:48pm. Please continue to pray for Heather and the boys.

Skip, for Heather, Johnny, Bo

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  1. Steve Sywulka on December 8, 2007 2:17 pm

    Our hearts go out to Heather, the boys, and all Don’s family in Agros and the other organizations where he touched so many lives.

    We rejoice that Don is free from all the pain and limitations and enjoying the splendors of the presence of His Lord.

    Steve and Elisa

  2. Connie on December 8, 2007 2:20 pm


    I dedicated my mass this morning on this the feast day of the Immaculate Conception to Don. I pray for you all now and ask God’s grace be poured out on you. I will forever remember Don in my heart.


  3. Lynnee on December 8, 2007 3:27 pm

    Heather, Johnny and Bo,
    Don will always be in our hearts and memories. May God give you peace of heart and mind.
    Lynnee & Bob

  4. Kris Hodge on December 8, 2007 3:35 pm

    In loving memory of Don:

    You were always there when we needed you,
    no task too great or small.
    With a loving heart and willing hand,
    for us you did them all.
    Thanks for the years you gave us,
    and the time we shared.
    We only prayed that when you left us,
    you knew how much we cared.
    God saw you getting tired,
    when a cure was not to be.
    He put His arms around you,
    and said “come unto me”.
    You didn’t deserve what you went through,
    so God gave you a rest.
    His garden must be beautiful,
    for He only takes the best.

    Author unknown

  5. Gary on December 8, 2007 3:45 pm

    Heather, Johnny, and Bo,
    Written words feel inadequate to express our heartfelt prayers for you. Nonetheless, may God give you comfort and strength in this deeply painful time.
    Gary and Jan Means

  6. MarySnyder on December 8, 2007 3:48 pm

    We can only say how sorry we are for your loss. Emily W. is our good friend and we are members of UPC. We have been following Don’s journey and have been praying for his healing. I opened the Bible and just read Revelations Chapter 21 and know that Don is now in the Glory of God. Read Chapter 21, Verse 4: “And HE shall wipe away any tear from their eyes; and there shall be no longer be any mourning, or crying or pain: the first things have passed away. And He who sits on the thone said: “behold, I am making all things new.”

    We will continue to have you in our prayers and thank you for the blessings that Don gave us all.

    Sincerely, Mary and John Snyder

  7. Polly Urquhart on December 8, 2007 3:55 pm

    Heather, Johnny and Bo,
    I have stood here for 15 minutes full of my own emotions and searching for the words. I weep with you in this painful time…what a mixture of feelings…I will be lifting you up in the coming days and know the Lord will continue to be so near and faithful to you all. Thank you so much for your inclusion of all of us on this journey. Our lives are so much the richer and wiser for it and tho a stranger, I care….a lot. I look forward to joinging Don in the dance of heaven with Jesus.
    In HIm,

  8. Emily Wilson on December 8, 2007 4:54 pm

    Dearest Heather: I hold you and the boys in my tight embace-wishing you strength to make it thrugh this day-feeling tremndous saddness—yet knowing that Don is now rejoicing in heaven, feeling the love we all send his way.
    Blessed be.
    EMily Wilson

  9. John Carlson on December 8, 2007 5:06 pm

    Our hearts are heavy with the news of Don’s passing but we are rejoycing that he is in the arms of Jesus, face to face with our Lord. We were praying this morning for a miracle of healing but also calling for God’s perfect will. We don’t always understand, and our loss is great but Don lived more of life in his years here and touched more lives with his bravery, love and trust in God than most of us ever will. Our prayers and love go out to you Heather, Bo and Johnny and Don’s family. May you be surrounded by the peace of God knowing Don is free from pain and the struggle and that we will dance together in Heaven with him someday.

    Love John and Jan Carlson

  10. David Robinson on December 8, 2007 5:53 pm

    Heather, you and the boys are in our thoughts. The journey you have shared is inspiring and heartbreaking. Thank you.

    The Robinsons

  11. Jeff Brown on December 8, 2007 6:05 pm

    1 How lovely is your dwelling place,
    O LORD Almighty!
    2 My soul yearns, even faints,
    for the courts of the LORD;
    my heart and my flesh cry out
    for the living God.

    3 Even the sparrow has found a home,
    and the swallow a nest for herself,
    where she may have her young—
    a place near your altar,
    O LORD Almighty, my King and my God.

    4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house;
    they are ever praising you.

    Psalm 84:1-4

    Heather, Johnny, and Bo,
    May our Father comfort you with the deepest hope and assurance of your future of unspeakable joy and laughter and adventure with Don and Himself.

    God is good, all the time, God is good!

    Jeff and Jan Brown

  12. Lynne Hagen on December 8, 2007 6:44 pm

    Heather, Johnny & Bo;

    My thoughts and prayers are with you, as is my love for all of you.

    My memories of time spent with Don are even more precious to me now, and I smile when I think of them. He will continue to live in all our hearts.

    I wish you strength, and I know you are blessed to have each other.

    Your friend always,

  13. Todd M. Nelson on December 8, 2007 6:52 pm

    Dear Heather and family –

    Certainly our words are not adequate at this time as we love and pray for you all and His miraculous reconciliation of pain and peace.


    The Nelson’s

  14. chrerian on December 8, 2007 9:13 pm

    Dear Heather and Family–
    there are no words to discribe what you must feel (knowing from my own husband’s and father of my children’s death of the same cancer in 98). Your faith will carry you and get you through this time.
    Here are poems that have helped me in some dark hours:

    And if I go, while you’re still here …
    Know that I live on,
    vibrating to a different measure
    behind a thin veil you cannot see through.

    You will not see me,
    so you must have faith.

    I wait for the time when
    we can soar together again,
    both aware of each other.

    Until then, live your life to it’s fullest
    and when you need me,
    just whisper my name in your heart,
    … I will be there.

    -Emily Dickinson-

    I believe in the afterglow of
    a good and long relationship,
    like the light of a star that keeps
    pulsing visibly to earth long
    after the star itself has been
    It may not make your wishes
    come true, but it can light your way.

    -Jacquelyn Mitchard-

    Love, Christiane

  15. Randi Leggett on December 8, 2007 10:45 pm

    Jim, Matt, Sam and I are so sorry for your loss, but your loss is Heaven’s gain. Our prayers are with you three- Randi Leggett

  16. bibarunyan on December 8, 2007 11:34 pm

    As always my prayers are with Don but more than ever with Heather and the boys to give them the strength in healing from the loss of a husband and a father.

    Veronica Runyan

  17. stan on December 8, 2007 11:51 pm

    Blue Christmas – for us still on earth….

    “Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows.” Isaiah 53:4
    [The Lord] heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds (Ps. 147:3).
    Whenever darkness grips your soul
    And you are tempted to despair,
    Remember Christ’s unfailing love,
    And trust His faithful, tender care.


    Joy to know that Don is rest in the bosom of our Lord, and sad to have this departure. Our hearts also goes out to Heather and the boys. We will keep praying, now, for strength and healing.

  18. mohit on December 9, 2007 12:50 am

    In memory of Don:
    Don, thank you for being a mentor and inspiration to me both personally and professionally.

    I pray for Heather’s and the family’s strength and comfort through this tough time.

  19. Jean Brown on December 9, 2007 10:45 am

    Dearest Heather and family,
    How honored I was to care for Don at NWH. I am so sorry for you extrordinary loss at this time but happy that Don is no longer suffering. A very long time and dear friend died suddenly on December 6th. Now I know that Don is looking after Michelle and she of him also. Thankyou Don for your inspiration.
    Heather, I will remember you always.

  20. Jean Brown on December 9, 2007 10:49 am

    Dearest Heather,
    I meant to sign the previous comment,
    Jean Brown RN
    ps Do you remember when you and Don shared with me your pictures on the blog of your trip to Hawaii? You both looked beautiful and I will remember those always.
    love from Jean

  21. Jan Kraft on December 9, 2007 1:13 pm

    Dearest Heather and boys,
    We’re sorry to hear that Don’s gone. He was God’s man. And loved you guys the best. We’d like to share Psalm 116 with you, full of good stuff. Our favorite is “that I walk before the Lord in the land of the living.”

    Thank you Lord for memories. Fondly, Jim and Jan Kraft

  22. gregu on December 9, 2007 3:33 pm

    Heather Johnny and Bo –

    You don’t me to tell you what a great man Don was, but I want to anyway. He was incredibly special and impactful to many, many people and this was certainly true for me. God brought him into my life when I was praying and crying out for just such an influence, and this journey you all took has continued to teach me so much about God’s faithfulness and how we can be used in the lives of others. Despite the loss of having Don here with us on the earth, I am so happy thinking of him free of pain, and with Jesus. I continue to think and pray for you all daily. And thank you for sharing Don with all of us.
    Greg Urquhart

  23. Niki on December 9, 2007 4:48 pm

    Dear Heather,

    You and Bo and Johnny are so much in our thoughts, and perhaps the only comfort we can offer is the gift of community and expressions of poetry, like the Emily Dickenson above. The following song is special for us and perhaps will be to you. It’s sung by June and Johnny Cash in their later year and written by Terry Smith.

    I’ll Admit My Steps Are Growing Wearier Each Day
    Still I’ve Got A Certain Journey On My Mind
    Lures Of This Old World Have Ceased To Make Me Want To Stay
    My One Regret Is Leaving You Be-hind

    If It Proves To Be His Will That I Am First To Cross
    And Somehow I’ve A Feeling It Will Be
    When It Comes Your Turn To Travel Likewise Don’t Feel Lost
    For I Will Be The First One That You’ll See

    And I’ll Be Waiting On The Far Side Banks Of Jordan
    I’ll Be Sitting Drawing Pictures In The Sand
    And When I See You Coming I Will Rise Up With A Shout
    And Come Running Through The Shallow Water Reaching For Your Hand

    Through This Life We’ve Laboured Long To Earn Our Meagre Fare
    It’s Brought Us Trembling Hands And Failing Eyes
    So I’ll Just Rest There On That Shore And Turn My Eyes Away
    Until You Come Then We’ll See Paradise

    We love you.

    Niki and Karen

  24. maryaustin on December 9, 2007 5:23 pm

    Heather, Johnny & Bo,

    We are thankful for wonderful memories we have of our time with Don, and your family. We play for strenghth for your family, and are thankful for Don living on in our memories, his encouragement, and amazing faith, that you all very generously share.

    We know God is saying; “welcome home faithful son.”

    Mary, Paul, Max & Mitch

  25. Marvin Fritzler on December 9, 2007 7:03 pm

    Heather, Johnnie and Bo:
    Please accept our condolences. Your husband and father was a very special person and his impact on our lives from the day we met him in the early 80s was palpable but not measurable. We were so blessed to see Don a couple of weeks ago and then visit with you and your Seattle friends as well. Among the songs that we sang around his bed, my lasting memory will be a favorite of ours, “Lord of the Dance”.

    “I am the Life that’ll never, never die!
    Dance then, wherever you may be
    I am the Lord of the Dance, said He!
    And I’ll lead you all, wherever you may be
    And I’ll lead you all in the Dance, said He!”

    We pray that the coming days will look past the necessary sadness and lead you on in the dance, as much as Don’s dance in heaven has just begun.

    Marv & Marlene

  26. kathy sellereit on December 9, 2007 9:06 pm

    Dearest Heather, Johnny and Bo,
    Kirsten and Sam have kept us updated on Don’s health over the past few weeks. There really aren’t words to adequately express our sympathy. Many times when I am at a loss for words, even words to pray, I think of the picture of Jesus Christ being our High Priest (Heb. 4) who prays to the Father on our behalf. So, I think of you and the boys and know that Jesus is intervening for you – He knows what you need.
    “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace in time of need.”
    You, Don and the boys have been a second family for Kirsten. Thank you for all of your love and support to her over the years. She and Sam loved Don so much.
    You will be in my thoughts and prayers; especially during this Christmas season. I also want you to know how meaningful Don’s writings were – I felt priviledged to be able to follow along as he processed his life, his life in Christ, honest about his stuggles and emotions, words flowing with gratitude to God and finally preparing himself to leave this shadowland and enter his true home. The poem written by your friend is absolutely beautiful!

    I Corinthians 2:9-10 “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”
    but God has reveal it to us by his Spirit.
    kathy and eric

  27. David Kirk on December 9, 2007 9:31 pm

    2 Corinthians 4:7-11, 15-18

    7But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body.

    15All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

    16Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

    Our hearts and prayers are with you Heather, Johnny and Bo. Our loving Father will be your comforter.

  28. joseangel on December 10, 2007 8:20 am

    Our prayers and love are with you Heather, Johnny and Bo. We love you very much and will continue asking God to give you strengt and peace in this especial times.
    Don is now dancing in heaven with our Lord Jesus, without any pain or suffering. He was an extraordinary man whose faith inspired us many times in the last year. He is now receiving the eternal crown prepared for him since the eternity.

    Thank you Skip for your example of friendship and for stand with Don and his family during this jurney.

    Dr. Jose Angel y familia
    El Salvador

  29. TerraYara on December 10, 2007 10:48 am

    Aloha to you all. My sincerest condolences go out to you during this time of Don’s passing into Heaven. I pray that you find peace and resolution and I am glad Don is no longer suffering. May your healing begin. Sincerely, Terra

  30. abdoulaye sarr on December 10, 2007 3:25 pm

    Don was a man that his message touch the whole world. I know it does touch me. I will miss my friend, I will miss my brother, he will be missed.

    He is in a better place, and one day we will meet again and I will say i know this man.

    Thank you Heather, Johnny and Bo for being such an example.

    Thank you Skip for beeing a loyal friend and a good brother.


  31. sovereignmercy on December 11, 2007 12:52 am

    Heather, Johnny, and Bo,

    I am writing this from the bottom of my heart to encourage you, that you might find hope in the Solid Rock, our Lord Jesus Christ.
    I did not know Don very well. I heard of him through many of his friends, listened to him speak once or twice, and even met him briefly at the 2006 Fall Gathering last year. I intended to write him a letter this week, but the Lord did not will that he should receive it. Here is what I wanted to tell him:
    Don was an amazing man of God. Though I did not know him, I could hear the passion in his voice, see the fire in his eyes, and feel the love in his heart when he was in the room. When he spoke last year, his faith inspired and encouraged me greatly. His complete lack of fear in the face of death and total submission to our gracious Father in heaven have left an impression on my heart, mind, and soul that I will carry with me until the day I die.
    As tears overflow in your eyes and sorrow overwhelms your soul, remmber the words of Jesus: Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Now I leave you with the words to a hymn:

    Though the angry surges roll
    On my tempest-driven soul,
    I am peaceful, for I know,
    Wildly though the winds may blow,
    I’ve an anchor safe and sure,
    That can evermore endure.

    And it holds, my anchor holds;
    Blow your wildest then, O gale,
    By his grace I shall not fail;
    Christ my Savior holds me fast.

    Cling to Christ, for He is the only hope.


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