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In Memory of Jono Esvelt - RIP
« on: February 12, 2016, 08:56:36 AM »
We have lost a great citizen, leader, educator, family member and friend, Colville Fish Hatchery Manager & Instructor Jono Esvelt has passed away. Jono loved his family, the kids, his friends, and his job! He said this was the job he always dreamed of doing and he was the best at it!
It was always uplifting to interact with Jono, his enthusiasm and selflessness was an inspiration to everyone who knew him. Jono influenced so many people in so many positive ways, he may be missed by many, but will never be forgotten. Jono Esvelt's Celebration of Life will be on Monday, February 15th at 2pm at the Colville Ag Trade Center. Please share with those who would want to be there.

This comment and video, one of Jono's last posts on his facebook page, speaks of his character:

"This one of my favorite writers."


A few of many recent comments on Jono's facebook page:

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Life of Pops. Well I lost another one my my students today. He was always the first in class and wow what a joy to have in my class. Jono Esvelt walked up to me after class and said Mr. Jones I want to become a teacher like you that cares about kids no matter what their last name is. The last couple of years we talked several times about his wife. His kids and yes the fish hatchery . I told him he has exceeded me. He said no Mr.Jones I have not. This year I was driving down from the high school and pulled in HIS hatchery. And Bang all kids were on task and they gave me the grand tour. Yes the Big Fish out back. What Jono was doing brought tears to my eyes. He was working with kids that did know what they wanted in life. He was helping them to find the right path and wow he was a teacher that cared. As I left HIS building he gave me a big. Yes Big Hug and thanked me for making him a teacher, husband and father he was because I believed in him. I told him that he was A Better Teacher than I ever was! As I left he said No Mr. Jones I'll finish second. As I drove back to work I pulled over and cried. This loss of a person who was loved by all has hit me hard. Jono I will never forget you and your dreams will leave on.

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I have known Jono since elementary school. Spent many hours at the fairgrounds showing animals. He was a big supporter of my son during his 4 years of trap shooting in the Colville FFA program. My family is very sad to hear of his passing. Jono was an outstanding roll model and family man.

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Thank you Jono Esvelt. For being one of the best teachers I've ever had. The news of your passing today broke my heart. All I can think about is your laugh. And your love for us kids, and the hatchery. What you did for the hatchery by bringing it back to operation is very truley inspirational. I can't wait to do things like you. You were, like you told me the day of my graduation, a great friend and I was blessed to have you in my life. The college degree will be for you Jono. Rest easy. Prayers to Stephanie Esvelt and the boys.

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Thank you, friend, for all you've done to make the world a better place. I'm so saddened by your passing. You were an inspiration as a father, a scout leader, a teacher, and a friend. Rest in peace, Jono.

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There's really no words to say. I don't wanna believe it. I want it to be a nightmare. I want to think the next time i'm home and walk into the hatchery like I always do you'll be their and i can show you pictures of what i've been doing and talk to you about what I've done since the last time I saw you. You can give me an update on what's been going on at the hatchery. Tell me how your boys have been. Just how life's going in general. We can talk about how we think things will go for the future. But I know this won't happen. If there's ever been a better role model, teacher, mentor, hatchery manager, friend, a person as good as you in general I don't think I'd be able to name one. You're the whole reason I'm where I'm at right now and going to school. You're the one who helped me get such a good job with the forest service. You believed in me and went on ahead and looked at things for my future I never thought I'd ever do. I don't think I ever thanked you enough. You helped me step out of my comfort zone and for that I will forever be greatful. That's just a few of the things you did for me. Not counting what you did for others. Since I found out heaven gained another amazing angel, I keep on replaying the last conversation we had in my head. We talked about how this summer I was gonna order more fishing poles from you so I could start making them again, how good your kids were doing in school, how you were so proud of me for going to school. How bright the future is gonna look. I never could've done it without you. You will forever remain a part of my life Jono. My thoughts and prayers go out to your wife and kids, a long with the rest of your family and anyone else who got the privelage of meeting you. Rest in peace angel.

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Today my heart is heavy. As I sit here trying to think of the words to express my sorrow at the loss of my good friend and farm mentor Jono Esvelt. Jono was a great man. Over the 2.5 years we have lived next to the esvelts, we have been so blessed by the kindness that they have shown us. Jono has taught me many things over the couple years. He taught me how to weld, taught me about pigs, most of all he has taught me what a neighbor should be. A neighbor is there for your family when the army has you deployed and a wild fire looks to be threatening your farm. A neighbor is there for you when your pipes freeze and your septic is clogged up and you need to use their shower. A neighbor is their to shoot off new years fire works with and is always good for a laugh. Jono you did all this and so much more than I have the time to express in this message. Brother you are missed. Stephanie my heart cries with you and your family. Bekah and I are here for you and the boys. Anything we can do, you just let us know and we will be there.
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Re: RIP Jono
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2016, 09:01:14 AM »
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Re: RIP Jono
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2016, 09:04:46 AM »
Thankyou Jono!
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Re: RIP Jono
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2016, 09:55:48 AM »
WOW. That was amazing.. Always brings life back into perspective..

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Re: In Memory of Jono Esvelt - RIP
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2016, 07:50:30 PM »
 Glad I opened and read.

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Re: In Memory of Jono Esvelt - RIP
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2016, 08:02:43 PM »
Though I don't know him, by reading the comments I can tell he was an incredible mentor and leader.
Didn't look to be very old. Terrible deal.
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Re: In Memory of Jono Esvelt - RIP
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2016, 11:20:22 AM »
Though I don't know him, by reading the comments I can tell he was an incredible mentor and leader.
Didn't look to be very old. Terrible deal.

I was shocked when I got the phone call, I waited a day before I said anything publicly because I wanted to be sure it was correct. Still can't believe it!
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