Monday, June 18, 2012

John Figgat

I have been meaning to blog about this for a while but am just now figuring out how to be logged in to 2 gmail accounts at one time so I can blog.
Just a few weeks ago after a fall and a trip to the hospital, they discovered that my Sister-in-laws Father, John has 3 brain tumors. They started a blog to keep everyone up to date on what his doctors are saying, you can find it here.
The Figgats have been so amazing to have in my family. This is a hard time for them but words from friends and family are helping them through this. If you could pray for them and send them your well wishes, I know they would appreciate it.

                                           Papa John, Grandma Tanya and little Frankie

21 comments:

Jon and Melissa said...

This is so sad. Let them know our prayers are with them. They have a great family.

Philip Taylor said...

Tanya:

You want to know what....?

When me and Phil were in 8th Grade.......We Won the World Cup of Playing Soccer of in Salt Lake.....

Phil played Right Wing.....and he passed me the ball so many times that I scored So Many Goals....We were on the same Soccer Team since we were 8 years old.....and all the way to High School......

I bet that's one of the reasons that you Married Me......You want to know what else..?..One day I told Phil of how I was on the Skyline Football Team...and we were running out to the Field......and I ran right into a Post.....It hit me right in the Balls............It hurt so bad.......I couldn't even explain it to Tracy Duckworth............He asked me: Figgat, what's the matter.....?

- Tracy.......Just win the Game..........I might not even be able to Play........


Phil Taylor

Philip Taylor said...

Tanya:

You want to know what else.....?

When me and John were not on the same Team in Junior High and High School, for any kind of Sport....

John always wanted to Kick My Butt........to Win....

I always knew that this was just Sports.......And I always knew that we Loved Each Other......Always......

And after School...............we would walk home together.

He was the Best Artist that I ever Knew in Kindergarten.......John could draw People better than Anyone.........But, I could read books better than him....

You CANNOT Believe how much fun we had, when he would come over to my house...and we would look at Picture Books....and then go Play in my Backyard...

Sometimes, we thought that we would get in Trouble with the Police.....because of the Pipe Bombs that we would make with Gary Stapley.......that we would blow up in my Back Yard, down by the Creek......

One Winter.............when Dave was sick..........He had made a Bomb......and he told me and John to go blow it up, down in my Back Yard.......But it didn't work........That's when me and John were in Sixth Grade.....

Dave stole the Gunpowder from Bob....and he wrapped it in Masting Tape, and made a Customed Fuse.......

You can't even believe it.......There was 17 Inches of Fresh Snow......but it didn't work....

Dave was on BedRest due to his Orthodontics.......which caused him to suffer Tremendous Migraine.


Phil Taylor

Philip Taylor said...

Tanya:

I know that your Mom is Belgian..............I remember from when John first met you....and immediately fell in Love.....He said:

- Phil.......I hate these Europeans......They think they're NEAT....

Tanya......I knew what John meant by that.......We were Jealous that in Europe there had been methods of Talent Scouting, as to Soccer and Formula One...

Tanya....it is a Reality.....that Jacky Ickx is one of the Emperors of Race Car Driving.................................I revere him....

No doubt that your Mom, from Belgium.........acutally Fears Jacky Ickx......He is a Grand Master of Race Car Driving......

You want to know what else......?.....John gave me a Bicycle.......This was after Norma and Bob gave him a new one.....which had a Wheelie Bar.......John's new bike was painted in Metallic Purple.........It was the Finest Bicycle in the World..........Bob always insisted that his Family had the Finest of Everything.......

The Figgat Family was the First in our Millcreek Neighborhood to have a Curtis-Mathis Color Television...........In those days, a Curtis-Mathis cost One Month's Salary.........The equivalent of $15,000.00 in today's money....


Phil Taylor

Philip Taylor said...

Tanya:

You tell your Kids and your Grandkids that Grandpa Bob.....is one of the Most Aweseome Men who has ever Lived......

He was a Parachute Packer upon a Navy Aircraft Carrier in Korea.....and he Prayed that his Fighter Pilots would never need to use his Parachutes.....


Phil Taylor

Philip Taylor said...

Tanya:

I think I remember this Correctly:

Robert Grant Figgat.

But I think he told me that when he was in the Navy that he was known as

Gus......Gus Figgat.


Phil Taylor

Philip Taylor said...

Tanya:

Let me tell you about a Dangerous Moment which was happening to John....when we were on a Boy Scout Trek near the Grand Tetons....

There was a Slope, covered with snow.......and John, in Fun....rode down the snow on his back....head first.....

I saw that he was headed for a Big Rock......and I screamed to him.......

"John.....Turn Around....!!!...."
At the last moment, as he heard me.............he turned around......and softened his blow upon that very rock....

Some people would say: Man, You saved my life...........but John just laughed and came to me and said:

- Phil........I heard you.....If I hadn't heard you, I might have broken my neck.....

Me and John don't owe each other Anything.


Phil Taylor

Philip Taylor said...

Tanya:

I can tell you something else about me and John, from Elementary School....

He had a Munsters Lunchbox.....and I had a Daniel Boone Lunchbox.....when we were in First Grade or Second Grade......(We were in different Classes at that time)

One day....when we were in different Lunch Lines.....I called out to John....and said:

- What are you doing over there.....?

John smiled at me...........and he held up his School Lunch Ticket......which in those days.....was 10 Cents per Lunch....

By the way............in Sixth Grade.....John won the Marbles Competition....and Rhonda Goodman won the Hopscotch Competition......

I was no match for John in Marbles.......But I won the High Jump and Long Jump in the School Pentathlon......

In the High Jump.....I lept 6 inches higher than John...........And he became so Serious....to Coach me and Encourage me..................I actually set the School Record........


Phil Taylor

Philip Taylor said...

Hey Tanya:

Let me tell you something else about Bob Figgat....

This was also in the 1970's.......John had invited me to go up to Brighton Ski Resort for a Whole Weekend....with what they called ShiCoLinFig.....The Neighborhood Families who owned a Boat together (ShieldsCosterLindsleyFiggat)....

On a Friday...........in totally Beautiful Sunshine.....Bob set the World Record for the Most Runs skied in a single day......55....

None of us could even believe it........I remember that he had his Brand New Lange Ski Boots..............and he told us this.

- You Have to go Medium Speed to Set The Record.....



Phil Taylor

Philip Taylor said...

Tanya:

I can tell you something else about skiing....

Paul and I had gone skiing together at Brighton.....and I went off a Jump at the end of the day, and I had a Crash.....and I got a cut on the Left side of my nose.....

I was taken down the mountain by the Ski Patrol.......Then, there was John with Bob to come get us......Just the Week Before.....John had done almost exactly the same thing....and he had been taken down the mountain by the Ski Patrol.....

He Laughed when he saw me....and said: Phil....You and Me did the Same Thing...


Phil Taylor

Philip Taylor said...

Tanya:

Now I can tell you about the Dreams and Visions that I've had of John.....

I see him at the Helm of an Old-Fashioned Sailing Vessel.....in Total Seriousness, in a SeaStorm of Darkness and Turbulence,,,,,

- Don't talk to Me........Phil told me to Guide the Ship............That Port is the Ressurection..........I'm in Charge of Bringing it In....I'm John Alden Fucking Figgat......


Phil Taylor

Philip Taylor said...

Tanya:

the Navy Way.....with John at the Helm

- Dave...!!.....Goddammit......Get Your Butt up to Fore.......and you Yell to Paul up in the Crow's Nest...........If You don't tell Paul where I need to guide this Ship......I am Telling Dad........Phil put me in charge of this Helm........And I am Doing a Good Job.......YOU TELL PAUL what Obstacles I need to Avoid.....!!!......

- John......Phil and I went to the Same Mission.....of Belgium Brussels....

- Goddammit, DAVE......You Fucking Idiot.........Phil Speaks better French than You....!!!!..........You do what I tell you to do, or Mom & Aunt Bonnie are gonna kick your Butt.........


Phil Taylor

Philip Taylor said...

Tanya:

I can tell you something about Dave Figgat.....

as a Boy Scout.......one of his "Regrets".....is that he was not allowed to go to the World Jamboree, in Japan..........with Joel Van Leewen and Rod Schmidt....

It's Okay.....

I know that if Dave had been there.......He would have been at the Front of all the Boy Scouts of All the World......to Climb Mount Fujimama....

I know that about Dave.........

Dave Figgat is More Inspiring than Tony Robbins........David Figgat is Not a Charlatan.


Phil Taylor

Philip Taylor said...

Tanya:

I have a Photograph of Me and John....as Cub Scouts.....

No Cub Scout was More Inspirational to us than David Figgat....

Dave had The Most Arrow Points of all the Cub Scouts in our Pack,,,,,before we became Boy Scouts...to earn Merit Badges...


Phil Taylor

Philip Taylor said...

Tanya:

You tell Dave that I remember The Banana Bunch.....


Phil Taylor

Philip Taylor said...

Tanya:

You share this with Dave Figgat......

- Fuck You, Asshole......That's not You and Me and Jim Lindsley in the Creek.....

That's me and John and Tracy Duckworth.........And JOHN is the one who went Swimming in the Real Millrcreek before Me and Tracy.......Me and Tracy were afraid of how the water would be Cold..........

FUCK YOU, Dave....!!!........That's John swimming in the Creek.......


Phil Taylor

Philip Taylor said...

Tanya:

Gimme a Fucking Break, Bitch.......Who the Fuck does that David Figgat think he is....?

Does he think that I don't remember he going off the Diving Board of MY POOL,, at MY HOUSE to do his Famous.....Jim Ryan Run....

Fuck Him..........Fuck that David Figgat.......I remember him doing that....

The whole point was to jump out to the Rope which separated the Deep End from the Shallow End....

Fuck that David Figgat.............I don't care that we went to the Cottonwood Mall to do Minaiature Race Cars and he had a Porsche 908 or something......Fuck HIM and his Ford Bronco.......


Love,
Phil Taylor

Philip Taylor said...

Tanya:

You know what...?......Dave and I used to argue all the time about Music...

Dave was a Total Fan of Black Sabbath......and I was a Jimi Hendrix Fan.....John was sort of In Between that argument.......

but Look.........Dave will LOVE this.......Freddie Lindquist......

He's a Norwegian Guitar Player and Singer.....and he sings in English....and Remember.....Figgat is a Norwegian Name....

Find this on You Tube......."Sundae Sellers".....

It's a song about the differences from being a Racing Driver....and a Heroin Junkie.....

Tell Dave........I Love David Figgat....I Love Paul Figgat............

Tanya.....I know that you trust me........When my Family moved to 3250 Millcreek Road..........the first friend that I made.......was John Alden Figgat....

I love you as much as I have ever loved my Buddy, John.

He confided to me one day.......that when You and He were Kissing (Making Out) there at his house.................that his Balls Hurt So Bad........


Phil Taylor

Philip Taylor said...

Tanya:

You wouldn't have known what it was like for Me and Gary Stapley to play Soccer with John.....and our Awesome Midfieldman, Rod Leatham.

When I was still living in Salt Lake.....Rod came to visit me, to remember our old days from when we had been teenagers......to be World Champion Soccer Players........and for him to tell me that he had Stomach Cancer.....

We felt so much Joy, as we talked about our old days of Junior High School and High School............to remember........But Rod died.

I had been his Team Captain for Many Years.


John was never our Soccer Team Captain..........He insisted that I be Captain.

John scored more Goals than me..........He was THE MOST INTENSE PLAYER....sometimes to a fault.......He would sometimes Lose Possession of the Ball due to his intensity....and his "Player's Anger" against the other team.....But when it was a Perfect Moment, between Me and Gary Stapley and John......John would BLAST the Ball into the Goal.....

This was what we did........for Ten Years.......


Phil Taylor

PS: This is Me....Just this past Thanksgiving Day...

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipP_YAr11nNY3u8aebyB1YY_bZlJNmdh_PoGKGNg-cXVfp-StnlC7g0Ae4JKEU6mWA/photo/AF1QipO6zTdNfbZSwF9J_-m_6wsbq5MQj3erwPy6fBdg?key=UTNPSmEyN3NEREVUQVdqM0d1RkpLNlI0M0dSS0dB

John was my Best Friend..........Many of us of East Millcreek Elementary School would say the same about John....

Dave and Paul are not allowed to say that John was their Best Friend....

he was their Brother........That is not the same.

Phil Taylor

Philip Taylor said...

Tanya:

Without Doubt......of All the Friends that I have ever had......John was the Most Intense......as to Winning....

He knew how I was better than him at some things........And this Drove him to Cause the Both of Us to be Better.........

But I also knew that he did things that I didn't do......and Yet he Pushed himself .....

When we would ride our Bikes around our Neighborhood of Millcreek.....sometimes it was only for Fun.......But When We Built a Jump......to try to go Farther than anyone else...........John did not Care that he Knew Me........his Mind was always so Focussed, that it was as if he did not know me......

He Competed........to Win The World Championship...........


Phil Taylor

Philip Taylor said...

Hello Tanya;

- Phil....You Can't even Believe It........We came here over to Belgium to Pick Up Dave from His Mission and he knows the McLaws Family......

I cannot even Believe it............They have a Girl named Tanya..........I haven't even gone on my Mission Yet and she is the Most Beautiful Chick I have ever wanted to Kiss.........


Phil Taylor