The main fund of Brynne's Smiles is called the Jon Jon Fund. Why? Well, Jon McDonald was a man that was not only known for his special kind of smile but his willingness to help and serve others. You see, Jon's physical smile wasn't a big "cheesy" smile but was truly genuine. His real smile was the one he shared with his heart. He literally gave his life in service to others.
We were blessed to know him, even if for a short time. The impact he had on our lives, especially Koda & Brynne, his sweet sharing spirit and most of all his love of Christ are things we want to carry on as long as we can.
Below is an adaptation of his obituary and although words truly cannot describe how wonderful he was, this is a beginning...
Jonathan Thomas McDonald (Jon Jon as Brynne called him) went to be with our Savior in Christ on Monday November 15, 2010. Jonathan was 28 years old at the time that he made the ultimate sacrifice while performing his duties as a Highway Patrol Trooper.
Jonathan grew up in the community of Greenwood, a suburb of Midland, Texas. Jonathan graduated Greenwood High School in 2000. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Texas Tech in 2005. Jonathan worked for United Supermarkets for five years while attending Texas Tech and preparing for his future. Jonathan had achieved his potential with United Supermarkets and was a manager at the time that he decided to dedicate his life to serving others. Jonathan was a strong Christian man and valued the gifts that God had gave him. In 2008, with support of his wife and family, he joined the Department of Public safety and became a Highway Patrol Trooper. Jonathan used the gifts that God gave him and dedicated his life to protect the lives, rights, and privileges of the people of Texas.
Jonathan was stationed in Post, Texas upon graduation from the DPS Academy in September 2008. Jonathan immediately became a loved member of the community and was active in attending the First Baptist Church in Post. Jonathan fell in love with the community and loved the people he lived with. Jonathan loved his work and was loved by his co-workers. Jonathan was the consummate example of a true professional, a devout Christian, and a fine family man. Jonathan's greatest gift to his friends and family is the example he left us on how to live our lives.
Jonathan met his future wife Laura Michelle Thornton while attending High School in Greenwood. Jonathan's favorite memories were of courting and dating his High School sweetheart, Laura. Jonathan and Laura were wed on June 24, 2006 at the First Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas. Jonathan and Laura's love produced the proudest day of their lives on May 14, 2010; the day their beautiful baby girl Kacyn Shae McDonald was born. Jonathan cherished his role as a family man and enjoyed providing for his family.
Jonathan's life can best be described in the words of President Theodore Roosevelt's speech, "THE MAN IN THE ARENA": It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. (Theodore Roosevelt)