May 04, 2014

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RIP Jonathan David Parker 1983 - 2014

With a heavy heart I write this message regarding the passing of my brother Jonathan David Parker. He left this world at way too young of an age. At only 30 years old he still had a whole life ahead of him. His favorite memories growing up were playing competitive soccer all through grade school and junior high. Later, he directed this passion for sports towards skateboarding, snowboarding, and golf, where he eventually landed his “dream job” working for The Turtle Bay Golf Course in Oahu, Hawaii. While living on Oahu Jon learned how to surf and he split his time between the golf course and the waves on the famed north shore. He found a new passion in life and just like most of us once we find something that we are passionate about we want to spend every waking hour doing what he loved.

Jon's passing was sudden and very unexpected and something that we here at Carvit are having a hard time accepting. He is going to be missed but not forgotten and to help his memory live on my family and I have created the Jonathan David Parker Memorial Foundation.  Our focus of this foundation will be to help out individuals with special needs such as mine and Jon's brother Brian. We will be reaching out to the Special Needs Resource Project of Utah which helps children with chronic health issues, disabilities and special needs and Best Buddies which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

To help us get started we have created the Shootz Brah shirt where 100% of the profits of the shirt will go to the Jonathan David Parker Memorial Foundation. Our plan will be to release two new shirts a year in honor of Jonathan. One shirt on his birthday, Nov. 30th and the second on the anniversary of his death, April 25th. The Shootz Brah shirt is in production and we hope to have that released the week of May 5th 2014. Please keep checking back to our site and our Facebook page for updates.  

We hope you like the shirts and want to contribute to the foundation. 

 

Thank you everyone for your love, support, generosity and kind words during this difficult time. Until next time keep carving.  


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