About Jon Francis

Jon Francis was smart, young and strong. He was a gifted and ultra-fit athlete.


A Gifted Runner

A long distance runner who earned all state, all American and High School National Champion Honors.  


1997 State and National Champions

Jon Francis

Jon was an experienced wilderness camper, hiker and mountain climber.  



Jon Francis

He was also my son.


Raised in Minnesota, Jon moved out west to Utah and Idaho where served as a youth minister and a bible camp counselor. And he continued and deepened his love affair with nature - God’s creation


At just 24 years old, Jon died in a mountain climbing accident while descending from the summit of The Grand Mogul, in the Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho.  


The Grand Mogul


The family led search to find Jon’s remains and bring him home took us over a year.


Searching for Jon


We desperately needed to resolve our unresolved loss and to understand what led to his disappearance and tragic death.  Why did an intelligent, strong, and experienced young man die in the wilderness?  What happened?


The “accident reconstruction” as our Search Manager called it was painful but necessary.  Most accidents are not an Act of God. Most accidents happen because people make mistakes.

To honor Jon’s memory and to bring some good from his loss, we created the Jon Francis Foundation.  One of our top missions is prevention. 

We pass on our hard-earned knowledge to others to prevent injury, loss and death in the wilderness. 


To honor Jon’s memory and to bring some good from his loss, we created the Jon Francis Foundation.  One of our top missions is prevention. 

We pass on our hard-earned knowledge to others to prevent injury, loss and death in the wilderness.