Episode-542- Lessons From My Friend Howell Dodd

Friday night I received some of the worst news of my life.  My good friend Howell Dodd passed away at the age of only 41.  Howell and I shared many things in common, we were both step fathers of wonderful children, we both loved to fish, we both had wives that were absolutely out of our league and nothing meant more to us then our friends and family.  I was originally going to call this show “Lessons from the Loss of a Friend” but that would have been wrong, the lessons I will share with you today are driven home by Howells passing.  Yet the are more about how he lived then the fact that he has crossed over.

While most of you may only know Howell as someone I mentioned often on the air today’s show is as much for you as those who knew him.  He wasn’t a “prepper” or a “homesteader” though he always grew a pepper patch and kept his family well fed with fish from the lake.  He was just a man who loved his family and his friends and we have much to learn from him.  So tune in today and get to know the man who I called friend and brother and learn some of the many lessons he taught me.  You will also learn he had been teaching you as well, much of what I speak about on TSP came from my conversations on the back porch and fishing trips with my friend Howell Dodd.

To Howell and his friends and family, this episode is what I could do to ensure Howell’s life would reach out beyond his already large circle of friends.  Thousands of people listen to this show each day and I wanted to share who Howell was and what he taught me with them.

To Howell, brother you have crossed over to a place where I can’t join you for a while.  Yet one day I shall and when I do we will fish again together.  Until then I wish you calm breezes, full boxes and tight lines.

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38 Responses to Episode-542- Lessons From My Friend Howell Dodd

  1. Always tough when a good friend is lost. I’m sure his family will appreciate your family being there to help.

  2. My condolences, Jack. I am sorry.

  3. Jack, sorry for your loss. I think we have all been there or will be there at some point. As pointed out above, I am sure his family will appreciate your support.

  4. Jack, sorry for your loss. It is a good reminder to keep your afairs in order as we never know when our time on earth will be over.

  5. Jack,

    First off I want to offer my deepest condolences on the loss of your friend. It is never easy to see someone pass so young, especially. Secondly I want to thank you for always being so candid in sharing so many aspects of your life, such as this. Like you always say, it’s what friends do.
    Your show has meant alot to our family, and we will be certain to keep you and yours in our thoughts and prayers at this time.

    Mark in Colorado

  6. Sorry about your loss,prayers to your friend’s family and to yours too.

  7. We had a similar experience a year ago. We were at my husband’s good friend’s retirement party. We were planning our elk hunt the following week when our friend got up to dance with his wife. He was smiling, looked happy when he had a sudden heart attack and died.

    Live your best life today. Love your kids, spouse and God. You or they may not be here tomorrow.

  8. My condolences. I don’t know what else to say.

  9. Jack, My thoughts are with you. Losing a friend so young is impossibly hard

  10. Jack,my wife and I are sorry for your loss,
    God bless.

  11. Jack – what you had to say today resonated with me. I appreciate you putting yourself our there for everyone, and trying to spin something so hard into something positive. I hope everyone takes your experience and internalizes it. This podcast further solidifies you as the man you claim to be, by living your values. Thanks for putting yourself out there in this trying time for you and your friends.

  12. A great and unexpected loss. Thoughts and prayers for all that knew him. Thanks for bringing us along on this memory. Thanks for sharing this friendship with all of us.

    Doc

  13. Really sorry for your loss and pain, and nothing can prepare anyone for a sudden loss like you have experienced. We’re with you

  14. Jack – I’m sorry for your loss and my thoughts are with you and Howell’s family, I’d be grateful if you could pass my condolences to Howell’s family.

  15. I am sorry to hear about your friend’s passing. We are praying for his and your families.

    I am thankful that you have many good memories and lessons from him.

  16. Jack, So sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. Our thoughts are with you and Howell’s family.

  17. Jack,

    Thanks for sharing this with us today. It is good to remember and honor those we have lost. The show and the youtube clips brought tears to my eyes and made me remember those that I have lost over the years – some naturally and others due to another’s recklessness. I am very sorry for your loss and my condolences go out to the family.

  18. Well done Jack. The hypen between the dates really resonates. Two dates and a hypen.

    Very humbling.

  19. Sorry about your loss Jack. Please give my best to Dodd’s family as well.

  20. Jack, I am so sorry for your loss. You have honored your friend by remembering his life even in your grief.

  21. Jack, I’ve been there and I can still only imagine how you’re feeling. My wife and I offer our condolences to Mr. Dodd’s family and to you and yours.
    Kevin

  22. Man, I’m sorry. I just lost my mom two years ago this month. One day she was here and the next she wasn’t, and it also was her heart.
    🙁
    It has influenced my decisions since then, though…I plan to enjoy life and my family and friends while I’m/they’re still here.

  23. Jack, I am so sorry you’ve lost such a good friend. Sounds like this guy left a might big hole. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  24. That’s the problems with good friends, either they die on you or you die on them. But you have to look at the time spent bonding as a gift. For that matter
    any time we are not miserable or in pain should
    be looked like as a gift. Life is short at best
    . Sorry for you loss.

  25. So very sorry for your loss. In the end, life is all about the stories, so immortalize him in your tales around the campfire and he’ll never truly be gone.

  26. I am sorry for your loss Jack.. Listening to your podcast tonight brought me to tears. I believe in everything you mention. We are going through a lot right now with our kids and figuring out our future. Ed and I always find ourselves tuning into your podcasts, and you have helped us a lot. Thank you for all you do, you are amazing. Some day I will post what we have accomplished from listening to you. I am just not ready to do it right now. We will have a story to tell when the time is right. For now, I will send you a virtual hug thanking you for all that you do. You and Dorothy are truly amazing people.

    Cathy

  27. Jack,
    Thank you for sharing what has to be very hard to share. I hope that his family has as good as support as possible through this tough time with others as you are able to give as well.

    The fact that you have lost a good friend is much like losing family or worse. Hang in there.

    Again, Thank You for sharing and a TSP podcast is a good memorial as well. You give him honor and respect with sharing this with us.

    Blessings to your family and his.

  28. Jack,

    My heart aches for everyone he left behind. My condolences to his family and to you for your loss of a good, good friend. Things like this are a needed reminder at times to never take for granted the friendships we are blessed with, and to make the most of the time we have with those we love. Thanks for this show Jack.

  29. Hey Jack so sorry about your friend. It’s always the call we never want to get or hear. Thanks for doing this show in his memory.

  30. So sorry. I know you’ll be a big help to the family. That’s just who you are…

    I got the podcast downloaded this morning just before they closed the door on my flight out. When I turned the phone back on when we landed the e-mail to schedule an appointment with a notary to get our wills signed was already typed and in the out box. We wrote them a year or 2 ago, and have been very bad about finalizing them.

    I have a very weird synchronisity going with your show, and this was the push I must have needed.

    THANKS yet again.

  31. Jack,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Especially with someone so young. Our family just lost a friend who was similarly much before her time. You’ll be in our prayers.
    Sincerely,
    Chip Monk

  32. Spaghetti and Sauce

    A very powerful and moving tribute to what sounded like a really wonderful human being. I’m so sorry he was taken away from his friends and family before he should have been. The emotion in your voice was palpable.

    This is why I listen to you Jack: you took a tragedy, and without making it any less sad, you turned it into something really beautiful and inspirational. I loved the song you played at the end. It reminded me of my late father, and made me tear up a bit.

    Rest in peace Howell Dodd.

  33. Jack, I am sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. I too have few real friends and understand only a little how the loss of one can affect you.
    Thank you for memorializing his life with us. I really liked the story about the tombstone and I would love to get it in print.
    Fair winds and following seas,Howell Dodd

  34. What a moving tribute to your friend. You did him proud.

  35. My condolences to all that knew Howell. Thank you for sharing a piece of his life with me. Truely we all live a fragile existence. This is my first post. I’ve been really enjoying the shows, you’re great. This one finally spurred me into action. After spending Dia de Finados with my wife and son here in Campinas, Brazil I listened to the show. This morning I took the first steps towards updating my Will post marriage/family. Howell continues to do good in this world.

    Kindest regards,
    Brian

  36. My condolences, Jack! Loosing good friend is like loosing your brother, which happened to me in 2001. All we have now is their families, our memories and the lessons we’ve learned during the years we shared as friends and brothers…

  37. patty t., alabama

    Jack-thank you for the program dedicated to your friend Howell. Please let his family know we all send our condolences, and our prayers are with them.

  38. texasmufflerman

    I just listened to the podcast. The situation goes along with what Jack is always saying about living your life now because later on it may be too late. What a great eulogy, even for someone I did not know.