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Shattered Lives: Guest David Francis, Author of Bringing Jon Home: The Wilderness Search for Jon Francis

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“Bringing Jon Home is a memoir of my son’s remarkable life, his faith journey and his abundant youth ministry and service. It is my personal account of Jon’s life, loss and legacy and the long and relentless search for him in the mountains of Idaho. It’s a compelling and inspirational story about an uncommon young man who once joyfully lived and boldly loved among us.” –David Francis

On Saturday morning, July 15, 2006, Jon Francis, climbed to the summit of the Grand Mogul, in the Sawtooth Mountain Range of Central Idaho. He never returned. Law enforcement searched for only 29 hours. After the evening search team briefing, on July 17, 2006, the Incident Commander approached me and said; ‘David, you need to give your son up to the mountain.’ Feeling helpless and abandoned the Francis family gathered that evening and committed to continue the search. We knew very little about mountain climbing or search and rescue, but we would learn and utilize the hundreds of volunteers who were streaming into Idaho to find Jon.

While I relentlessly pursued the search for my son, I also made wonderful discoveries about him. Jon Francis was a remarkable young man. He touched and inspired others. He loved deeply and was deeply loved. I wrote Bringing Jon Home to help others, to expose the gap in public sector resources dedicated to finding missing adults, and finally to let people know that an uncommon young man named Jon Francis once lived and loved among us.

David Francis is the father of Jon Francis, and President of the Jon Francis Foundation (JFF),
www.jonfrancis.org. 

Stillwater, Minnesota based Jon Francis Foundation (JFF) was created in, 2007, in response after David
and Linda Francis lost their 24-year-old son, Jon Francis in the wilderness, and their experiences in
dealing with federal, state and local agencies. The foundation was created in memory of Jon and serves
to pass on his legacy of service to others and to the community.

The Jon Francis Foundation is unique in its mission and is dedicated to saving lives through wilderness
safety education, empowering families who have suffered the loss of a loved one in the wilderness and
advocating for legal protection for missing adults.

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