Bringing Jon Home: The Wilderness Search for Jon Francis [NOOK Book]

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Jon Francis was twenty-four years old when he climbed the 9,733-foot Grand Mogul in the Sawtooth Mountain Range in Central Idaho on July 15, 2006. In the blink of an eye, in the slip of a foot, he vanished.
After a hasty search of only twenty-nine hours, the Sheriffs’ Deputy came to me and said, “David you need to give your son up to the mountain.” My family and I were left feeling helpless, hopeless, and abandoned.
Since neither local, nor ...
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Bringing Jon Home: The Wilderness Search for Jon Francis

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Overview

Jon Francis was twenty-four years old when he climbed the 9,733-foot Grand Mogul in the Sawtooth Mountain Range in Central Idaho on July 15, 2006. In the blink of an eye, in the slip of a foot, he vanished.
After a hasty search of only twenty-nine hours, the Sheriffs’ Deputy came to me and said, “David you need to give your son up to the mountain.” My family and I were left feeling helpless, hopeless, and abandoned.
Since neither local, nor state, nor federal agencies would search for our son, the Francis family organized, funded, and joined a massive search for Jon. It was an unprecedented effort that attracted national attention in the search and rescue community - something no parent would ever wish for.
While searching for my son, I learned much more about him. In my mind at the time, Jon was still my little boy, who needed to be reminded to pick up his clothes and to put gas in the tank. But to countless others we met in the days, months, and now years, that followed, there was a Jon who I also came to know as a remarkable young man who led an inspiring life.
In 2011 Bringing Jon Home was awarded Silver Finalist for inspirational writing by the Midwest Publisher’s Association.
Bringing Jon Home earned National Finalist, in the memoir category, by The National Indie Excellence Awards.
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Editorial Reviews

Foreword - Patty Wetterling
I was devastated when I heard that Jon Francis was missing.
I knew a lot about missing children, the response needed, how to work with law enforcement, how to engage the media. I had learned these things after my son Jacob was kidnapped and our family worked with so many – way too many – other searching families. But Jon’s disappearance was different. As much as I wanted to help, I knew little about finding a missing adult on a mountain.
David brilliantly captures th
Minneapolis Star Tribune - Doug Grow
A father turns the tragedy of losing a loving son on a far-away mountaintop into a story of family, friends, strangers, communities all coming together to search and, ultimately, to embrace each other. This book becomes a reminder that none of us knows what tomorrow brings. But it also reminds us to appreciate the basic goodness around us – and to never forget to hug our kids.
Minneapolis Star Tribune - Kevin Giles
Bringing Jon Home--a real page-turner, David, you've done a remarkable thing for Jon's legacy by not only capturing his giving, involved life, but offering his story as inspiration for other families. As a dad myself I marvel at your resilience and strength. Your words are driven by the power of your emotion. I can feel it on every page.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013486652
  • Publisher: Beaver's Pond Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/17/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,184,405
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

In addition to their son Jon, David and Linda Francis have three daughters—Robin, Jocelyn, and Melissa—and six grandchildren—Taylor, Katie, Stephen, Audrey, Charlie, and Camille. David and Linda live in Stillwater, Minnesota.
David, a retired businessman and retired U.S. Navy captain, served for thirty years aboard nuclear submarines. He is also founder and president of the Jon Francis Foundation (JFF) created in 2007 to “mold our sorrow into purpose.” JFF passes on Jon’s legacy of love and service by helping others who are distraught and overwhelmed while coping with the disappearance of a loved one.
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