Apr 23, 2013 1:30 AM by Connie Tran, KSBY News
A Pismo Beach family has been reunited with a special surfboard that had belonged to a lost loved one. Jennifer Everett and her son, six-year old Oliver, had pleaded for the community's help a few weeks ago in finding the board. The board, which was her late husband, 44-year old Todd Everett's, had gone missing after his memorial service last month. Todd had died of colorectal cancer in February.
Jennifer says the board is not the most expensive or nicest board, but it's a symbol of Todd. She hopes her young son will one day use the board to learn the sport, like his father. But a few weeks ago when the board was lost, she was heartbroken. Until, she received an email from Grover Beach resident Nancy Franta on Monday morning.
"You know, it was closure, and it was a big relief to get it back" said Jennifer.
Franta told KSBY News that she and her husband found the surfboard after Todd's memorial, but spotted it after the family had left, so they didn't know who to return it to.
She said, "When nobody came for it, we thought, well it's either gonna get washed out to sea, or somebody that perhaps shouldn't really take it might come and take it."
Franta kept the surfboard in their garage in Grover Beach, and had intentions of posting a note on Craigslist for its owner. The Franta's became busy the last few weeks, and with work and traveling, they didn't get a chance to post that note.
Franta said it wasn't until Sunday night, when she was out in Pismo Beach again, this time, walking her dogs. There, she spotted one of Jennifer's fliers about the missing surfboard, and Franta quickly made the connection. She emailed Jennifer on Monday morning and Jennifer set up a meeting time later that afternoon.
"That was an important part of this whole journey too, is to feel the support of this small community of San Luis Obispo," said Jennifer.
Jennifer said when she met Nancy and saw Todd's surfboard, she was filled with emotion. She said they shared hugs and tears.
"His spirit is everywhere in the ocean. And it's so much bigger than it was, when it was in his body, it's multiplied," said Franta.
Jennifer had collected a couple hundred dollars as a reward for the return of the board, but the Franta's refused to take the money. Jennifer said she will instead, donate half the funds to the Hospice of San Luis Obispo and the other half to the Atascadero Rotary Todd Everett Scholarship.
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