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Old June 18th, 2006, 11:59 PM   #41
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This is horrible, my mother called me and told me about it, everyone in my family is praying for him and his family.
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Old June 19th, 2006, 12:03 AM   #42
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Very sad to hear..

I saw the same thing happen.. The only difference was about 3 inchs.. 3 inches higher and the guy would have been a gonner... I folded his tailgate!!

It wised me up real quick!
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Old June 19th, 2006, 12:20 AM   #43
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Very good advice, hopefully some will listen.



God bless his wife and children.
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Old June 19th, 2006, 12:21 AM   #44
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Very sad to hear. Didn't John or somebody else's D ring come off the mount at Mud Mania 4 towards the end of the day? I think the bolt snapped or something like that. Just goes to show you, you can do everything right and sometimes shit happens anyway. I feel for this guys wife and children. What a sad day.
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Old June 19th, 2006, 02:19 AM   #45
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Old June 19th, 2006, 06:49 AM   #46
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I'd like to thank all for the warm thoughts. I've known and wheeled with Jon for over 6 years. He will be missed by all of us. It's a sad day when anyone dies...it just affects us more when we know the individual. All that were wheeling that day knew better than to put a clevis between 2 straps and pull anything let alone a 5000 lb rig buried in the mud. Please....everybody take a note from this and listen to what you already know........DON'T USE A FAWKING CLEVIS ( or 2 or 3) BETWEEN STRAPS. It's the strap that breaks and sends the damn clevis flying.

It's a sad day for all......but most especially for his wife,children,parents and siblings.

God bless you all and don't let this happen to anyone you know.
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Old June 19th, 2006, 06:57 AM   #47
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Old June 19th, 2006, 10:33 PM   #48
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I've met Jonathan a couple of times. This is very sad, my thoughts and prayers out to his family and friends. RIP John.
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Old June 20th, 2006, 01:50 PM   #49
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Jonathan Blystra was the perfect stay-at-home dad.

The 33-year-old Holland resident cooked for his three children, taught them how to read, organized play groups and attended school committee meetings for his wife Jodi, 32.

But Sunday, instead of celebrating Father's Day, Stephanie, 11, Christopher, 9, and Joshua, 5, mourned the loss of their father, who died Saturday after being struck in the head by a tow strap clamp.



Blystra and a group of friends were running their modified four-wheel drive trucks Saturday through a mud bog in the 4100 block of 128th Avenue in Allegan County's Heath Township, police said. His truck got stuck in the mud at about 4:30 p.m.

His friends tried to free the vehicle with another truck when the tow strap they were using broke loose.

The strap's large metal clamps crashed through the windshield of Blystra's truck, hitting his head.

He died at the scene, according to the Allegan County Sheriff's Department.

"He could cook, took them out to the park every day, taught them how to read, had lunch (at school) once a week -- he did everything you would expect me to do, and went above and beyond that," Jodi Blystra said.

At home, she said, several unopened Father Day's cards awaited, but no big celebrations were planned for Sunday.

"He was one of this guys that believed you have to celebrate your father every day of the year, not just one specific day," Jodi Blystra said.

Jodi and Jonathan Blystra met years ago at Sandy Pines RV Resort Campground, where they worked as lifeguards. Saturday was their 12th anniversary, Jodi Blystra said.

Jonathan Blystra's friends were stunned by his death, she said.

"They're taking it very roughly, which is understandable," Jodi Blystra said. "He died doing a sport he totally enjoyed."

Funeral arrangements are pending, but are being handled by Dykstra Funeral Homes-Mulder Chapel, 188 West 32nd St., Holland.
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Old June 20th, 2006, 03:33 PM   #50
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Visitation is tonight (Tuesday) 6 to 9 and again tomorrow night (Wednesday) from 6 to 7 with a life celebration @ 7
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Old June 20th, 2006, 04:13 PM   #51
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This is terrible. Condolences to Jon’s family.
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Old June 20th, 2006, 06:23 PM   #52
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This is horrible news!!! Jonathan's Family will be in our prayers!!
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Old June 20th, 2006, 06:30 PM   #53
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This is so sad.
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Old June 20th, 2006, 08:50 PM   #54
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Prayers to Jons family...his life is sounds very familiar and should be cherished. Condolences to the family and please just remember the good times.
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Old June 20th, 2006, 09:09 PM   #55
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Really sucks, my prayers and thoughts to the family.
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Old June 22nd, 2006, 04:49 PM   #56
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Old June 22nd, 2006, 05:09 PM   #57
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Very sad to hear. I'm holding back the tears right now at work as I just read the story about his life and death.

Here is an example of a luck MoFo I met this past weekend....

Silver lake this past weekend. Sunday night and hardly anyone's on the dunes except this hillbilly in an old Ford truck stuck on top of test hill. I see a late 90s F-150 heading up, but figure I'll go up and see if they need a strap. I park FAR AWAY. I get up there and see them attaching an old rusty link chain with hooks and the hillybilly has his wife and 2 kids sitting on a bench seat mounted in the bed of the truck. I yell over to them to hold up while I get out my strap and clevis. Well, I was too late. The idiot yanked him out with the family sitting in the bed of the truck using an old chain. Needless to say I went over and ripped the driver a new one for putting everyone in danger like that.
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Old June 22nd, 2006, 06:04 PM   #58
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RIP ddstrunt

see you on the other side mudder.
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Old June 22nd, 2006, 06:33 PM   #59
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there will be a special 50/50 raffle for his family at the pig gig this year
every little bit helps




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Old November 10th, 2008, 12:07 PM   #60
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I am ddstrunts daughter and I thank everyone for the prayers as we have been grieving and still are grieving. It is sad to see that some of you don't care but so happy when most of you do. He was a great dad and I miss him greatly!
RIP Dad!!!!
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