View Full Version : A Good Night To Be A Dad

Jon Payne
06-01-2013, 07:06 AM
My son graduated last night! From left to right: my son Jonathan, me Jon, my best friend since childhood Shane, and his beautiful daughter Madison. It's hard to believe this day has come and now past. Shane and I have been best friends and more like brothers since grade school. I taught a skinny little glasses wearing girl how to fish and she grew up to be my Madison. My son now towers over me and trust me, has the Warriors Soul.


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06-01-2013, 07:10 AM
Great photo...

Great looking family. I can see why you're proud of them.

06-01-2013, 07:12 AM
Congratulations Jon! I am currently about 17 1/2 years away from this moment with my boy, but I hope I have as much to be proud of as you do when I get there!

06-01-2013, 07:16 AM
beautiful! what more could you ask for?

Michael Swisher
06-01-2013, 07:18 AM
Congratulations Jon. Looking forward to this event with my daughter is bittersweet, my how time flies.

Grey Man
06-01-2013, 07:39 AM
congrats Jon!

06-01-2013, 08:02 AM

06-01-2013, 08:12 AM
Congrats Jon, great looking crew!

Steve Paulson
06-01-2013, 08:52 AM
Congratulations to all!!

06-01-2013, 09:13 AM
Congratulations to Jonathan and Madison (and their families of course)!

Beautiful pic; thank you for sharing it, Jon.

06-01-2013, 09:53 AM
Fantastic! What are their plans??

And how many hairy legs have you all "disappeared" for messing with that beauty???

06-01-2013, 10:18 AM
Congrats Jon, pretty cool to experience with your best friend...quite a Tribe.

Prayers and best wishes to your kids!

Jon Payne
06-01-2013, 10:30 AM
Madison is going straight to college locally. She is an exceptional dancer, incredibly intelligent (get's that from me) and probably the next world's most beautiful super model. Dakota has a full time job as a body man in a local body shop. He will be learning and working toward owning his own shop and is in training as our property manager. He is extremely talented and intelligent, but more of a road scholar. I expect him to take night courses and courses online. He does not enjoy the traditional classroom style education. I suspect he will be his own boss and forge his own path. As he gains more life experiences I would not surprise me if he follows in some of my foot steps. I don't have any desire for him to go into law enforcement or the military nor do I encourage him to do either. It is very impressive to watch him operate a variety of small arms; of course he's had exposure to training and tactics from a much younger age than most I would suspect.
Fantastic! What are their plans??

Jon Payne
06-01-2013, 10:32 AM
Todd, it doesn't quite translate into the written word, but Cullin Smith is my best friend. Shane is more like a brother if that makes sense.
Congrats Jon, pretty cool to experience with your best friend...quite a Tribe.

Prayers and best wishes to your kids!

06-02-2013, 05:23 AM


Al Lipscomb
06-02-2013, 10:30 AM
A proud moment for sure. Good looking kids.

06-02-2013, 10:42 AM
Nice work!

Bill the Vet
06-02-2013, 10:45 AM
You have every right to be proud.Congratulations!

JD Lester
06-02-2013, 11:08 AM
Congrats to all.



06-02-2013, 01:43 PM
Amazingly wonderful this moment must be for you and your family, congrats !

06-02-2013, 02:22 PM
Heartfelt congrats. It warms the heart to see such a happy family with so much promise for the future!

p.s. Dude you really shed a few pounds since I saw you last. Inspirational!

Brent Yamamoto
06-02-2013, 03:17 PM
Awesome Jon! Thanks for sharing!