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Shreveport, LA - How do you write your own father's obituary? The only thing I can think to do is to be as honest as possible. The reader's familiarity with the following will gauge how well you knew Jon. If you find yourself nodding and laughing as you read, count yourself among his friends. The first thing to establish is that Jon Summers was never at a loss for words. My mother always joked that Ian and I had inherited our fathers "gift of gab." In fact, if my brother and I needed to find dad at a gathering we quickly learned to simply find the largest knot of people or follow the raucous voices. One of my father's great pleasures in this world were his friends.

To most, my father was a confident and generous man who had the answers to everything. To those who were closest to him, however, my father was a deep well of emotion. An innocent who never quite seemed to accept the status quo of suffering in our world. Jon may have seemed a practical man of the world on the surface but he put great stock into ideals like honor, justice, and compassion. He raised Ian and I under the notion that it is the duty of all men to be stewards of these ideals in deed and in word.

I could keep writing but then I'd never stop. Jon lead an extraordinarily rich life, filled with friends and travel and deeds worth the retelling. Most prized of all, however, was his family, my mother, Bonné Bouchard Summers; his sons, Phillip Summers and wife Christy and Ian Summers; and his beloved grandchildren, Caroline and Andrew Summers; brother, Richard Summers; and sisters, Lorraine Summers Mull and Susan Summers Bailey.

A Memorial service for Jon Summers, 63, will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 16, 2018, at Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, Shreveport, LA, with The Rev. Canon Thomas Nsubuga officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 9:00 a.m. in the Cathedral.

Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Glenn Kinsey, Dr. Charles Black, Tommy Starkey, Robert Dean Bouchard, Chase Black, Connor Black, Robert Moffatt, James Briscoe, Jay Bailey and Michael Long.
Published in Shreveport Times from June 14 to June 16, 2018
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