In memory of Jean and
will contain memorials to Jean and Tim but its main purpose is
to find and acknowledge people who have served others. We start
with three who have made a difference for our family and will
be looking to add others. We welcome suggestions for deserving
people. In time we hope to expand on what this site can do including
a future charitable foundation.
For a time after the deaths of Jean and then Tim
I reached out to other parents who lost children and realized
how many could not get over their loss, and how it seemed to block
future joy or success. Some let their sorrow impede their love
of remaining children, friends and life. Others increased their
love for remaining children, friends and life.
We all have setbacks or
sorrowful experiences. Those who linger on the sorrow
become bitter and re live the sorrow every day which blocks future
Successful people move beyond the sorrowful experiences and become
because of the experience and life seems to open wider for them.
We miss our children and
will never stop remembering them and the good
they accomplished, but we choose to increase our love and cherish
remaining children and be thankful for life and its goodness with
a trust in the
comfort and love of Jesus Christ to whom we know embraces our
South Ogden police officer
McNeeley was the first emergency person to arrive at Jean's accident
and climbed into the back seat and held her head, offering comfort
and words of encouragement to her until she was excavated from
her vehicle. His assistance without regard to his own safety touched
our hearts and he will forever be loved and appreciated by all
our family. He is the example of the kind of service we want to
find and honor on this site. Others in the South Ogden police
and rescue departments were so kind, caring and professional.
Our thanks to them and others who every day put their lives on
the line so we can have a safer community.
We thank Council member Sally Ore for her relentless and tireless
work against great odds to help get a crosswalk at 47th South
and Washington Blvd. UDOT fought tooth and nail including misdirection's
and lies to avoid putting a crosswalk on this intersection. Mrs.
Ore never gave up and everyone who would listen to her heard about
the need for a crosswalk at this intersection. Her influence along
with others reached our State Representative Dixon Pritchard.
She even took him to the intersection to see for himself how hazardous
it was. Within a few months after meeting with him the crosswalk
was installed. Even after it is constructed, she is continuing
her efforts on other intersections in South Ogden that are a hazard
to our school children.
A great big thanks of appreciation goes to State Representative
Dixon Pritchard for helping get the crosswalk completed at 47th
and Washington Blvd. For eight years after the traffic light was
installed UDOT ignored City and private citizens concerns about
this dangerous crossing. Even after a High School student was
hit and almost killed UDOT still refused to install a cross walk.
The Channel 5 news and Standard Examiners articles abut this intersection
not only did not get UDOT to act they propagandized outlandish
cost projections and excuses. We needed someone on the State level
to get their attention and Representative Pritchard stepped up
to the plate and hit a home run for the safety of children and
pedestrians at 47th and Washington. It would never have occurred
without someone on the State level. South Ogden owes State Representative
Pritchard a great big thank you. Who knows how many lives will
be saved and at least safer at this intersection. We do not know
how many others helped influence this crosswalk, but we thank
you as well.