"We should not underestimate or overlook the power of the Lord’s tender mercies. The simpleness, the sweetness, and the constancy of the tender mercies of the Lord will do much to fortify and protect us in the troubled times in which we do now and will yet live. When words cannot provide the solace we need or express the joy we feel, when it is simply futile to attempt to explain that which is unexplainable, when logic and reason cannot yield adequate understanding about the injustices and inequities of life, when mortal experience and evaluation are insufficient to produce a desired outcome, and when it seems that perhaps we are so totally alone, truly we are blessed by the tender mercies of the Lord and made mighty even unto the power of deliverance." (see 1 Ne. 1:20). -Elder Bednar- April 2005 The Tender Mercies of the Lord.
Jacob Forrest Park 4/10/1997 ~ 10/04/2009 CENTERVILLE- Jacob Forrest Park died 12 days after a bike accident. He was the energy of our home and a great example of love and service. Jacob made friends wherever he went, always happy with an infectious smile. He was an active member of the LDS Church. He loved scouts and bowling, but especially the beach, camping and fishing. We are comforted in the knowledge that families are forever, we will be with him again. Thank you to our friends, family and neighbors for incredible support and to the caring efforts of the Primary Children's staff. Jacob had another miracle left, he was able to be an organ donor and give the gift of life to others. He is survived by parents, Robert and Cher, siblings Brooke 24, Arial 21, Colbren 19, Alex 18, Jordan 16, and niece, Riley 11 mos, and grandparents Jerry and Mona Park, Eddie and Ida Johnston. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 10, 2009 at the Centerville LDS North Stake Center, 1450 North Main. A visitation for family and friends will be held Friday evening from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Russon Brothers Bountiful Mortuary, 295 North Main and Saturday morning 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church prior to services. Online guest book at www.russonmortuary.com In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jacob Park memorial account at America First Credit Union.
There will be a viewing for Jacob on Friday, October 9th at Russon Brothers Mortuary, 295 N. Main St., Bountiful from 6:00 to 8:00p.m. There will also be a viewing Saturday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Centerville North Stake Center located at 1450 N. Main St. in Centerville, followed by the funeral at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers please make donations at any America First Credit Union to the Jacob Park Memorial Account.
Jacob is such a joy to our family. His last testimony he gave was simply his love for his family. For 4 and a half years Jacob is the best friend to Jordan and helped him while he was sick without ever being asked and never complained. His example of love and service has stood out to us for a long time, but now seems to us to have been one of his main missions here on Earth. I cannot help but think that now he and Colbren will both be serving a mission at the same time Jacob in Heaven and Colbren here. We have also learned about faith. We had faith that the Lord could heal Jacob if he was still needed here, but we also then had to learn that we had to have faith that the Lord needed Jacob to come home. We feel no fear about where he is, for we know we will be with him again. Families are forever, the Savior loves us and sends his tender mercies and angels to us every day if we just look for them. Miracles happen, and we have had many. We are so grateful Jacob had one more miracle left in him so he could donate his organs and tissues so that some other families will not have to go through such a huge loss. Friend to everyone, gentle and loving by nature, joyful by choice, and faithful to the end , we will miss our Jacob but are comforted by the great plan of salvation. Thank you for everything Jacob we love you. Posted by Cher, Jacob's mother
Today Jacob's ward family Young Men's and Young Women's gathered to remember the special times with Jacob. The Bishop spoke, and all could feel the Spirit. There was laughter and tears, and a feeling of gratefulness to have known Jacob. We are all so blessed to have known him and the Park family.
At 9:00 p.m. Sunday, October 4th, our Sweet Jacob returned home to the open arms of his Father in Heaven and Savior. The family would like to thank everyone for their faith and prayers during this difficult time.
Jacob's numbers improved late tonight. I'm home going to bed, and have been comforted in my prayers that as we attend the temple for Colbren and Trey's endowments tomorrow, that the Lord will be watching over Jacob. Sabree will sit with Jacob, with her experience with her own two sisters and helping with Jacob, we are confident he is in good hands between the Lord, his Doctor's and Sabree. I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES!
Tuesday night was a very good one for Jacob. Wednesday was not quite as good, but Jacob is such a Trooper. Jacob still has the infection and they are trying different medications. The Doctors feel it would be best for Jacob to have some quiet time, so we are asking for no visitors for the next few days. We need to do what is best for Jacob, so the best thing you can do right now is pray for him. Overall, Jacob is doing remarkably well, and we know he will continue on that path.
Jacob had a great weekend. He is as tough as ever! On Sunday, as Jacob was coming out of the coma, he started responding to voices. A nurse was working with him and noticed he opened one of his eyes a little. She asked him to wiggle his fingers if he could hear her. He immediately wiggled the fingers of his right hand! Yeah Jacob! Then Jacob's dad, Robert asked him to squeeze his hand, and Jacob quickly tightened his grip. Over the last few days he has been responding like that to both his Mom and Dad. We are so excited about his progress! Jacob does have a staff infection that they are working on. He has a fever that can spike up to 104 or 105 at times, but the hospital is managing it. They have given him more medicine to sedate him, to help his body fight the fever. Please remember him in your prayers. Thank you for all of your love and support.
Saturday was a good day for Jacob! The tough guy attempted six breaths on his own, even though he is on a breathing tube. That's the Jacob we all know and love. He had an angiogram on Friday with good results. It showed no cuts on his brain. The Doctors are starting tonight to take him off the medication that is keeping him in a coma, so his muscles are starting to fire up. Even though he will be out of a comatose state, he will still be heavily sedated, and will still be asleep. His blood pressure is doing well, but they will be keeping a close eye on that as he comes out of the coma. The doctor's did discover a broken wrist, and that has been cast. Remember to keep Jacob, the doctors working with him, and Jacob's family in your prayers.
Jacob is currently in the Pediatric ICU at Primary Children's Hospital and is in critical, but stable condition. He has severe head trauma and has been sedated into a medically induced coma, which will continue for the next two or three days. This will allow the swelling on the brain to be managed and continue to drain. At this point, the swelling doesn't appear to be getting any worse. He appears to have multiple skull fractures, but no other broken bones in his lower body. A complete evaluation will not be able to happen until he regains consciousness. It will be a long term recovery for Jacob, so please remember him and his family in your prayers.
There has been an account set up at America First Credit Union to help offset costs associated with Jacob's accident. You can donate at any America First Branch using the account name "JACOB PARK MEMORIAL ACCOUNT". Please donate to this account in lieu of flowers.