Lyle Cronk's remarks of remembrance from the funeral.
Everyone talks about Javier's smile, because they have been smiled at by Javier. They remember his laughter because Javier made them laugh. Everyone who knew Javier had a particular inside joke which Javier used to get them to laugh and he was shameless about repeating it. It was often through his gentle way of teasing that he was able to connect with people and put them at ease. He often would joke with me and say "Lyle I don't care what Jenny (my wife) says about you, your alright". This week many people have shared their own inside personal jokes with Javier or things he teased them about different things. Aside from connecting with people these instances reminded everyone not to be so serious and to have a good time. Javier also connected with people because he cared about them. It didn't matter who they were, if they were talking to Javier he was listening to them, getting to know them and giving them his full attention. Virginia recounted a story to me the other day about a time when Javier attended a wedding and when he arrived he met someone started a conversation with them that lasted the entire evening. They ended up sitting together and talking and laughing throughout the night and left as friends. Most of us can relate to the way he made people feel special by giving them his full attention, and sharing of himself and this is not by accident. Javier cared how other people felt, he wanted people to feel loved and this is why he had so many friends and why we miss him so much. Javier loved his family, He loved his mother and father, his brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews and above all His wife and children. His wife and children were a great source of pride to him. Of all of the many things that he loved in life this is the one that stand out the most. He loved his family. He enjoyed providing for his family, he liked to have fun with his family, he enjoyed being the head of his family, and he loved his children and his wife. When Javier and Virginia were first Married he came to Montana for Thanksgiving with my brothers Myron and Glen, after an evening of much celebrating we decided to go porky pine hunting with a spotlight. We were all having a great time and I made a remark to the effect that I bet Javier was glad to get away from my sister for a bit and come hang out with the boys. He looked at me with a funny look and said, It's not like that at all Lyle, I love your sister, I was crushed that she couldn't come, being married is wonderful, being married to your sister is what gives me happiness in life. Javier genuineness certainly snapped me out of my juvenile cynicism and I will always be grateful for the love he gave my sister. I know how much happiness he brought into her life and his children's lives There are so many things that will be missed about Javier and so many things that he loved but, this is his legacy. He loved his family, he was a great friend and we will miss him so much because he loved us so much.
Javier was moved to Post Falls on Monday, February 3rd. He is at Northern Idaho Advanced Care Hospital. This facility will work with him to wake up and begin his physical therapy. He is currently not responding to commands but his reflexes are working, he flinches to noise and can swallow. Thanks for your continued report.
Thank you for all of your support. Javier will be moving to a rehab facility. His parents and I plan on going to be near to him and will be there for support. This will mean travel and time away from our children.
Tonight I am feeling blessed to be a part of a wonderful family and community. The outpouring of love is overwhelming and your prayers continue to lift me up. Tonight I took the kids into see Javier. When Nicolas came in his Tia Sonia helped him get in Javier's site line. Nicolas was telling a story and as he walked Javier tracked him with his eye. We pulled Nicolas back so Javier could see him again. When Joaquin came in to see Javier he was asking questions and telling stories. He was so cute! He is constantly praying for daddy to get better. Diego is a little more timid and just wants daddy to come home. Rosana told dad about school. She was excited to get an update on daddy to share with her friends at school.
Javier is making progress. It will be a slow journey and we do not know what the outcome will be. We take this horrible situation one day at a time but understand that God's will must be done. In the next couple of days Javier will get a tracheotomy and a permanent feeding tube. This may allow him to come out of the ICU. He is in chronically critical condition. I ask that your prayers continue to be for complete healing and that he can breath on his own soon.
Words can’t express my condolences, I had wonderful times with Javier on fires and at Hurricane Katrina he was a fried he was a brother firefighter he will be missed but always remembered as a great person who made you realize life doesn't have to be so serious.