John stepped away from softball to tend to both of them in their time of need and is one of the strongest individuals I have met in softball. We all know the positive energy he brought to the ball field and brought to his family when they needed him.
I remember meeting John in 2008 at the conference championships when he played for Angle Inn. The Angle Inn team after a full two days of playing softball went to the Conference Awards banquet and then late Saturday night were still headed out to party in Kissimmee even though they had to play at 8 AM Sunday morning. As they left John, with the infectious smile he always had, said "Don't worry DW, I am going to hit you a homer in the morning..." lol
The next morning he hit one off the light pole in left field at the Osceola County Stadium off of Billy Barrett (I think) against Bud Light. Good times!