1982 - 1999
The following was posted on Sunday evening, October 3rd, on The Flattrack Page's Forum.
Dear Loved ones, friends
fans of Toby,
This message is from Kim, Cindy, Justin, Shayla and the rest of the Jorgensen family. What
we have to say today is the last thing that we wanted to report to you. As many of you know,
Toby passed away on Friday, October 1st at 10:50pm Dallas Time. After fighting valiantly for
the last 20 days, Toby's body was finally unable to continue. He suffered multiple system
failures and died peacefully in SICU-C at Parkland Memorial Hospital. Toby was surrounded in
his final hours, as he had been the entire 3 weeks, by his father, Kim, and closest family and friends.
Kim, Cindy, Justin, Shayla and the rest of the Jorgensen family want to take this opportunity
to thank from the bottom of our hearts all of you who have supported Toby and us in these
last three very trying weeks. We will never be able to adequately express how much all of you
have meant to us. Our main source of comfort through everything was knowing that all of you
were praying for Toby. We were constantly aware of your thoughts and felt your presence with
us and with Toby. The love and generosity that so many of you shared with us will always be
in our hearts and our memories of this time. It is impossible to list by name all of you who
gave your time and donations and helped us in ways that were beyond what any of us could
have imagined. The love that you showed Toby helped give him the strength to continue
fighting his most difficult battle.
We know that so many of you worked so hard organizing fund raisers, blood drives, and other
activities too numerous to mention here. And we want you to know that your efforts on Toby's
behalf mean more to us than you could ever know. We never felt alone at any time during the
long struggle and we derived continual strength knowing that you were with us in spirit. All of
you would have been as moved as we were by the outpouring of love from people all over the
country who, each in their own way, loved Toby. We would like to be able to thank each and
everyone of you in person, but that isn't possible right now. Please know that everything you
did even if it received no public recognition was so important to the overall effort and is deeply
appreciated by the family. It is impossible for us to tell you how much this helped Toby and us.
We want all of you to know that the care Toby received at Parkland Memorial Hospital from
the doctors and in particular the nursing staff in SICU-C was good beyond hope. The bond
that was formed between the staff and Toby and the family is one that will never be broken.
The compassion and love coupled with the excellent medical care that everyone in SICU-C
showed to Toby and the family was something that none of us could have imagined, but was
so comforting throughout the entire three weeks. We know that all the doctors and nurses
fought as hard as Toby did. They never gave up for a minute. They came to love Toby in a real
way during this short time, and the family will always be deeply indebted to them.
Our main comfort now is knowing that Toby is at peace and that we will meet him again. He
will be in our hearts forever and will never be forgotten. The pain we feel now is the pain of
losing someone as wonderful as Toby and we appreciate your continued prayers for Kim,
Cindy, Justin, Shayla, and Toby and the rest of his family. Thank you again with all our hearts.
Kim, Cindy, Justin, Shayla and the rest of the family of Toby Jorgensen
Posted on the Flat Track Forum April 6th, 2002 by Wall W
Tomorrow - April 7, would/will be Toby's 20th
The motorcycle community was shocked and deeply touched by Toby's death.
Some way I think Toby's death was the catalist for improved safety on the racetracks.
There have been deaths of other riders in the past 3 years that have added to efforts to improve track safety.
Our prayers go out for all the racers , that they may do this thing they love - without injury or death.
There is a plaque at the Lodi Cycle Bowl that
Toby Jorgenson 1982-1999
Those who remember Toby as a friend
Will cherish the time we spent with him
Those who remember Toby as a rider
Will remember his style and grace
We each remember Toby in our own way
We love you Toby - You are Special
Toby raced with AHRMA and VDTRA last year.
His talent and exuberance will be missed. Godspeed Toby.
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