CONTACT: David Francis

David Francis Honored by National Indie Excellence Awards.

Contest recognizes outstanding independently published books.

Stillwater, Minnesota – Bringing Jon Home by David Francis has been selected FINALIST of the 2011 Indie Excellence Award in the category of memoir writing.

The Indie Excellence Awards are reserved for the “best of the best” in books published in various genres. The criteria for recognition are stringent and include overall excellence in presentation. This award celebrates the highest achievements in independent press.

Winners and finalists were announced on Sunday, May 15. For a complete list of the honorees visit: 

Bringing Jon Home-the Wilderness Search for Jon Francis

By David Francis

Foreword by Patty Wetterling 

Bringing Jon Home--the Wilderness Search for Jon Francis, is my first hand account of the long and relentless wilderness search for our son, Jon, and the story of his uncommon life, sudden disappearance, and inspiring legacy.  While I relentlessly led the search for my son, I also made wonderful discoveries about him.  

Jon Francis was a remarkable young man. He touched and inspired others. 

He loved deeply and was deeply loved.



In addition to their son Jon, David and Linda Francis have three daughters—Robin, Jocelyn, and Melissa—and six grandchildren—Taylor, Katie, Stephen, Audrey, Charlie, and Camille. 

David and Linda live in Stillwater, Minnesota.

David, a retired businessman and retired U.S. Navy captain, served for thirty years aboard nuclear submarines.  

He is also founder and president of the Jon Francis Foundation

(JFF) created in 2007 to “mold our sorrow into purpose.” 

JFF passes on Jon’s legacy of love and service by helping others

who are distraught and overwhelmed while coping with the

disappearance of a loved one.


Rachel M. Anderson, Publicist
Office: 952-546-0928
Cell: 952-240-2513

Stillwater father’s memoir about the search for his son wins a Midwest Book Award 

(Stillwater, Minn.) – When he sat down to write Bringing Jon Home, it was more an exercise in recovering from the most devastating tragedy of his life than anything else. But after it was published, David Francis’ book about the search for his missing son immediately became a resource for others going through a similar struggle. 

On May 11, 2011, the book was recognized as a finalist in the Inspiration/Gift Book category of the Midwest Book Awards.

The awards ceremony was held at the Bloomington Arts Center.

Francis says he is touched that the judges chose his book as one of the finalists. “This memoir is a true tribute to Jon,” he says. “It is inspirational because of Jon’s life and spirit.”

Jon Francis died in 2006, at the age of 24, while descending from the summit of the Grand Mogul in the Sawtooth Mountain Range of Central Idaho. His legacy now lives on through the Jon Francis Foundation (JFF), a non-profit organization with the mission to provide support and empowerment to the families of people missing in the wilderness.

The Midwest Book Awards are issued by the Midwest Independent Book Publishers Association (MIPA), and recognize books for excellence in 35 categories.  A record 213 titles were submitted by publishers in the 12-state Midwest region this year.

For more information about Bringing Jon Home or to set up an interview with David Francis, contact Rachel M. Anderson, Publicist, RMA Publicity at

952-240-2513 or via e-mail: