Dawn and I celebrated our 24th anniversary today, and we were able to have a nice romantic meal out. At the end of the meal I got a call from my mom. She said, I have some sad news, your friend, Jim Healy died this morning while riding his bike. Read the news article here…

It’s hard to know how to react to that kind of heart wrenching news!

Please Join us in Prayer for the Healy Family

The main reason I’m writing this post tonight is to honor Jim and to ask you to join us in prayer for his family.

Our hearts go out to Healy family.

Jim’s wife, Janine and their three children, Jessica, Josh and Jacob. They are a beautiful family. Jim was a wonderful husband and father. He faithfully served in the church, and influenced the lives of many young people. He also was an excellent teacher at Sunnyside Highschool.

I first met Jim when I was in college at Fresno State over 30 years ago. He was one of those guys that was hard not to like. Jim was easy-going, friendly, smiled frequently and he was a sports enthusiast. I remember when Jim, Oscar and I along with other friends would play basketball in the afternoon during the hot Fresno summers. We shared many good times together.

We were young and growing Christians when we first met. It was an exciting time. Jim’s faith grew over the years, and he applied his faith to his family and his work. One example of Jim’s influence and exemplar character can be found on his Facebook page. If you go there now you will see wonderful testimonies of the impact that he had on the lives of many.

There aren’t many friendships that endure over time, but every time I was able to be back in Fresno I would make it a point to visit Jim. When Dawn was with me we’d grab a meal with Jim and Janine. So many good memories!

It’s so hard to say good-bye to those we love.

Jim, I don’t know if you can read this from heaven, but it is comforting to know that you are in a better place. Love you bro and you will be missed 😦

Dear friends, please join us in lifting up the Healy family to our loving heavenly Father!

In His Grip, Dave


  1. Pieter Stok says:

    I will pray for the family. The last line of the newspaper article is a wonderful witness. In Christ, Pieter


  2. I am confident your good friend and friend of Jesus feels and sees your love. May Jesus give you His warmth during this time. You will see him again, Guaranteed.


  3. Dianne Barlowe says:

    So sorry for the loss of your friend, Dave. Praying for you and his family.


  4. Debbie says:

    Thinking of you and Jim’s family and praying too .. God bless you and thank you for letting us know.


  5. Sending prayers to everyone that knew and loved him. I’m very sorry.


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  7. A great sadness and heaviness of spirit settles over those who have lost a precious person from their lives. I am sorry this is what you are dealing with now. I pray for the family and for you, that God will help you all lift the heavy burden of sadness. God bless.


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