Our Son's Tragic Death Brought Life Again

My story is a long one, but I will begin in 1979 which is when my husband Don and I got married. We had 3 wonderful children. My husband and I started drinking when the kids were old enough to babysit themselves. It progressed through the years. We were the type of couple who could drink 27 beers and argue over who drank the 27th beer.

On our wedding day in 1979.

On our wedding day in 1979.

The Day That Changed Everything

Fast forward to the year 2003. My oldest daughter was married and had two children who were ages 1 and 2. My son, Andrew, had just turned 21 on July 1st and my youngest son was 18. 

It was 4th of July weekend, a holiday. The plant where I worked was on shut down and I had been off work on FMLA with problems with my back due to a siatic nerve to the point where standing was unbearable. I was scheduled to go back to work after the two week plant shut down.

We were at our friend’s house drinking beer, getting wasted. We got home around 11:00PM that night. We hadn’t been home very long when the phone rang and a friend of our son Andrew called us and told us our son Andrew had gotten into a bad accident on his motorcycle (crotch rocket). My youngest son jumped in the van with me & we headed out to the scene of the accident. I sobered up instantly. We made it to the site and there was Andrew in the back of EMS. They were bagging him to make him breathe. They let me hold his foot.

Our son Andrew who died tragically in 2003.

Our son Andrew who died tragically in 2003.

I went home to pick up my husband. We spent the rest of the evening and the night in the trauma center in Ft Wayne, Indiana.

This was July 3, 2003. Then the next day around 11:30AM July 4, 2003 they said he was brain dead. We proceeded to start the process to donate his organs.

We buried Andrew on his girlfriend’s 18th birthday, July 10th. She was pregnant with his son.

After one year, one month and one day we were able to have contact with recipients. 

This is Darrell, the heart recipient, holding Andrew’s little boy.

This is Darrell, the heart recipient, holding Andrew’s little boy.

Andrew’s death brought new life to many others through organ donation.

And it allowed an opportunity for us to turn our lives around. To make a long story short.... Andrew’s death brought me to my knees and helped me see my need for a savior and I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior.

Miracle After Miracle

Fast forward to 2018 my husband and I moved to Casa Grande, AZ and we started attending Crossroads church of Casa Grande with Senior Pastor Tim Hill and his lovely wife, Melissa Hill. It was after hearing the word from Pastor Tim that my husband of almost 39 years gave his heart to the Lord.

Don and I have been married for 39 years.

Don and I have been married for 39 years.

After moving to Arizona, we discovered another recipient of Andrew’s left kidney and pancreas, Gary Switzer. He and his wife Bonnie had moved from Indiana to settle in Chino Valley, AZ. They came to our talent night at church. Gary gave his testimony and we were featured in the local newspaper. 

Don, my husband, me and Gary Switzer donor recipient and dear brother in Christ.

Don, my husband, me and Gary Switzer donor recipient and dear brother in Christ.

Today, my whole family is saved. My husband and I are clean, healthy and living Christ-centered lives.

My Advice

My advice to those of you with young families, love the Lord your God with all your heart and He will direct your paths. Take your families to church, teach your children, love them, and instruct them. God has a plan if we would just be still and listen and ask Him what is His will. If you do that, be prepared to see God work miracles!

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Hi! I’m Sheila Jetmore. I’m 65 years old. I have been married to my husband, Don, for 39 years. We currently live in Arizona, but before that we raised our children in Indiana. We had 3 children and lost our middle son, Andrew, in 2003. We have 6 grandchildren. We attend CrossRoads Church and love the community we have found there. God has done so much in our lives! I have had many come to Jesus moments and live a life transformed as a result of God’s grace.