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The Dante Froese Story


(1/18/2012)

I had the great privilege of reading this beautiful, heartbreaking story about Dante Froese, written by his mother, Carolyn.

She gave me permission to share it with everyone here.

 

Dante Froese Story

My name is Carolyn Froese and I just wanted to share the story of my son, Dante.

We live on a farm near Altona, Manitoba, and as with most farm homes, ATVs are a part of the family. So too are snowmobiles.

One day years ago, Edgar Enns from Keystone Kat (the local Arctic Cat dealer) came by and dropped off a quad for our boys to try out. Needless to say, it was never returned.  Our son Derian was 10 and Dante was 8. And their love of the machines grew!

Over the years, Dante especially took a liking to all power toys - particularly the 250 DVX. When he was 14, Dante got a job at the local Co-op Gas Bar. Work there was second nature to him, as he was already a pro at filling vehicles with gas.

Parents generally drive their kids to work at that age, but Dante drove himself much of the time on his toys. He always managed to get to work on time.
 
He experienced so many Arctic Cat products over the years. Honestly, the local dealer was truly Heaven on earth to him. In his power-mechanics class at school, his special project was transforming an Arctic Cat snowmobile engine to run on jet-fuel.

First he had to make the hood perfect - so he took off all the decals from previous owner and repainted it. His next focus was going to be the engine.

Then tragedy struck.

On March 23, 2011, Dante drove his DVX to school. As he had hundreds of times before, he needed to cross over a certain highway. But this time it turned out different. A large snow bank obstructed his view of the road. He’d slowed down for the crossing, but failed to stop. He was hit by a car.

Dante was wearing a helmet, but the impact was huge. He suffered major trauma to his head and internal organs. He died in the hospital.

It was a huge shock to everyone, including his classmates. Yet despite the sadness, a group from his power-mech class completed the hood that Dante had been working on. They also made crosses in honor of Dante. They even attempted to finish the altering of the engine, but were not as knowledgeable (or crazy) as Dante, so put the sled back to original condition.

Dante Froese Story

The really cool thing is that Dante died on Wednesday and the sled was completely rebuilt by Friday - the day of his Memorial Service in school. They had it on display. What an awesome bunch of kids!

Dante Froese Story

Probably the most-awesome part of Dante's celebration of life was the funeral procession. His brother Derian organized a group of ATVs to drive out to the cemetery. It sent shivers down my spine to watch it. 

We believe that everyone has a time when their life is up and God calls them home. Dante's time was March 23, when he was 16 years old.

One thing that we find comfort in is that he died totally and completely doing what he absolutely LOVED. I know he had a HUGE smile riding his DVX that morning. The night before he’d checked it over in the garage and put new duct tape on the seat (he’d previously ripped it). He’d even asked me if I noticed how sparkly-clean it was. It looked awesome!

So it's like he drove off to Heaven with his ride.
 
We are very strong believers in Jesus Christ and know we will see Dante again. We miss him terribly, but I know he had an awesome life and he truly lived every moment that he’d been blessed with. Honestly, he probably lived 40 years of life in his 16 - NEVER a dull moment.

Dante Froese Story

I want you to know that Arctic Cat was a huge part of Dante's life. His headstone needed to match how awesome Dante was, so that's why it's in the DVX shape. It is even detailed with the duct-taped seat!
I really appreciate that you took the time to read this. It means a lot to us.
 
- The Froese's: Gord, Carolyn, Derian, Dominique, Demara, Desmond and Delilah



Comments (16):

Mike says:
1/18/2012 10:58:00 AM

Carolyn and ArcticInsider

I cannot imagine the loss that you are feeling. I can only offer my thoughts and prayers. Find comfort in the knowledge that not only has Dante touched your family's life but now, thanks to this Website, has touched the lives of your other family. The Arctic Cat family. Thank you for sharing your story.

God bless
Auggie says:
1/18/2012 11:12:00 AM

I know exactly how they feel.

Auggie
taperk says:
1/18/2012 4:00:00 PM

Thank you for sharing part of your son with us. Our son is currently 16 and I couldn't imagine the feeling of loss you must feel.
Mike Farris says:
1/18/2012 5:04:00 PM

God bless your Son. May he rest in peace..............Mike
Jenny says:
1/18/2012 6:28:00 PM

I am so sorry for your loss
Jess says:
1/18/2012 8:35:00 PM

God bless you and your family! I admire your attitude during this hard time. An Arctic fan my entire life, I can relate. I hope my lifelong traditions carry on into my future family, and will definitely remember Dante's story. Thank you for sharing!
Valerie Delorme says:
1/18/2012 8:49:00 PM

God bless you family ! I remember when Dante's come into school everyday he was always happy . i miss those day when he was always happy . I remember
when Dante's ask Elaine Janz did you make me my cookie . I miss you Dante"s
Jay Rowe says:
1/18/2012 9:00:00 PM

thanks for sharing your story and I am so sorry for your loss--what a great tributr to your son
Dolores says:
1/19/2012 8:14:00 AM

Great testimony Carolyn...God is good all the time!
Rambler says:
1/19/2012 9:10:00 PM

RIP. Sounds like a great kid, what a terrible shame.
Helen says:
1/19/2012 9:38:00 PM

I considered Dante a good friend and I am so happy to see him honoured here in this way. He was an amazing person and we all miss him every day.
Rusty says:
1/23/2012 3:12:00 PM

Totally speechless here,, What a heart touching gathering of events by all who joined in,, Makes me choke up just thinking of how the Froese's and all those who knew Dante must have felt and am sure still feel to this day from such a wonderful young man gone from their lives (until heaven re-unites them once again).. Not sure how i'd ever fair ii I were in their shoes
:(..........
Rusty says:
1/23/2012 3:13:00 PM

IF I were in their shoes... My bad, Dohhhhh..
gerard krempasky says:
1/24/2012 6:49:00 PM

that made me tear up. not gonna lie. once i saw the funeral procession photo and the tombstone that got me. sorry for your loss.
Carolyn Froese says:
6/13/2012 11:43:00 AM

I just want to say thank you for all your thoughts and wonderful comments :) In Christ, there are no good-byes... so we'll see him later!!
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