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charles s gibson jr
an empty boat in the sunset....waiting another day...another captain...another mate....or just good friends enjoying another season till we meet again on another shore another boat.....you will be missed
Lakes of Danbury, Jim & Dot Thompson
It was such a blessing to us to meet John and Phil, and our pleasure to entertain these two fine men for a day of fishing. John impressed us both by his faith, strength, and courage. The friendship of these two guys and the love of his family truly touched our hearts. May God be with you all and comfort you by the warm memories that you all now carry in your hearts.
From Texas, we will both be thinking of John, his wife, his parents, and all his family and friends this afternoon.

God Bless,
Jim and Dot Thompson, Lakes of Danbury
Lizzie Bontrager
Cynthia, my prayers are with you and I will never understand how hard this is for you.
Ellis Duncan
I remember John since he was just a baby bump at the the store Mary & Phyllis Lofton ran above the ice cream store in Old Town. Soon it was John & Philip in diapers and a play pin at the same locale. He developed quickly into a very bright, interested/interesting young man. He certainly learned to live life to the fullest with his keen interest in skiing and fishing. I didn't get to see him often in the last few years, but was always interested and concerned during his tough battle. He had such a brave outlook and I believe enjoyed life to it's fullest until the end. he will be sorely missed by everyone who ever had the pleasure of knowing him!
Another Mary
My prayers go out to the Rusts and Cynthia. It has to be the hardest thing ever for you all to move on. May all those good memories give you comfort. Love.
Mark Reid
I only met John one time, and it was well into his illness, but i was just struck by how calm he was about everything happening to him and how bravely he was facing it. He had no bitterness at all. He was a very nice, pleasant, unassuming young man. I only met him the one time, but I found myself admiring him a great deal. My prayers are with his family.
Tom Din
I first met John at one of Cynthia's High School soccer games, when Cynthia introduced him to me at the end of the game. It was very brief and I thought that he was a very pleasant person. Cynthia and John had been dating for several years since, but I had not seen him until I skied with John and Phil for one day at Solitude, Utah. It was one of my best day of skiing with those two. They took me to the back of Honey Comb Canyon where there was fresh powder and I saw how well John skis. I couldn't keep up with him. John got me hooked on Creme of Weber chocolate Milk! Next on a trip to Cynthia's place in Utah in Jan 2009, I had the pleasure of skiing again with John with Phil, Quentin and Susan. We went to nacho Mama's and John taught me how to tune skis, which I use all the time. Thanks John and I'm proud to call you "son-in-law".
John and Mary, my deepest sympathy to you, and Cynthia, I am proud of your strong devotion to John.
Norma and Dick Dyas
For many years, we would meet up with John and Cynthia in New Hampshire for a week of fishing and campfires with the Kreutzer family on Lake Wentworth. John and Cynthia would stay in their cool campvan, and John would hit the lake with his fishing rod before dawn. I can remember the joy he had fishing that lake. At night he would share tales around the fire with that shy smile of his. We will always remember him and the great life lessons he taught all of us in his final years.
Craig & Rachel Flanagan & Family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are sorry we cannot attend the memerial service but we have a previous engagement.
Maggie Mills
Its been too many years since Ive seen or had spoken to Cynthia or John. But I would still like to say im very sorry to his family and close friends. He was a great man, and will be missed by many.
Tom and Katherine Canfield
There is little we can add, except for our sincerest condolences; this is the one loss we as human beings are just not programmed to endure - only strength, faith, fiends and memories can accomplish this. With all our best wishes-
Ashtyn Campbell
Before and after this tragic event, the caliber of individual that John is was evident in the many people who were blessed enough to be in his presence. Whenever the name โ€œJohn Rustโ€ has been brought up there have always been many great things to follow. When I heard what he had done with his Van and about the many trips he was taking, it just reaffirmed in my mind the magnitude of person he is. Infinitely inspiring us all, John will never be forgotten. Condolences to the Rust family and to Johnโ€™s beautiful wife Cynthia who is also an inspiration to us all.
Richard, Cynthia Roberson & Family (friends)
To John, Mary, Cynthia & Phil

The courage, love of life and
determination, Little John showed
in the last four years was only
matched by the love, devotion and
care you provided.
Richard
Donovan Darland
I honestly do not know what to say on this board that has not been said by great people already. All I know is that John, even though in his most weakest of times had a great heart; bigger than anything I could ever imagine. I admire his perseverance even though it was tough on him and everyone that loved him. I remember going to Buffalo Wild Wings and watching the transmitters play. I won the hot dog dipping competition (dont ask) and I remember John, cynthia, and J Bird laughing histerically. I envied his trips across America, I admired the man, and I will never forget the friend that he became.
Jon Birdwell
I feel blessed to have known such a great spirited person and we all will miss you greatly John but I know that now you are at peace and you were greatly loved by us all.
Mike Chacon (The Mayor!)
I remember the anticipation we all felt 4 yrs ago when John was coming to San Diego for the first time. We had heard so much about him from Tom and Linda that we all felt as if we already knew him. We knew of his struggles with fighting cancer and spending months in a hospital room and we just wanted to give him the best time possible. We spoiled him so much in a week, that he went home to Virginia and came back again the following week with his girlfriend Cynthia and then again and again because as John use to say "San Diego was paradise."

There are no words to describe the sadness that I felt when I heard John passed away. As a parent myself, my heart goes out to Johns parents for their loss and unimaginable pain they must be feeling. I hope they can find some comfort in reading the beautiful tributes said about John on this site. They are a true testament to his character and through their gift of John, he enriched the lives of all of those that he came in contact with.

My heart also goes out to Cynthia, who I had the pleasure of meeting many times. Cynthia, you are in my thoughts and prayers at this time. Last but not least, to Tom and Linda, thank you for giving me the opportunity to know John through his many visits out to San Diego. I know how special he was to you guys and my deepest condolences to you both as well.

Whenever I think of John, I will always remember his positive upbeat attitude he had in spite of all he was going through. I will also never forget the eternal smile that he had on his face every time I interacted with him. It was a true honor to know him.
Alicia Trullen
Dear Cynthia,

I remember the week you and John came to San Diego and stayed with us at the Marriott Marina... and the surprise party that we had for him...We all got so happy to see him smiling... I had a blast that night.

I am here for you and I admire you very much for everything you did and went thru for and with him. I really think you are both unique and very special.

You both have place in my heart forever.

I love you very much and miss you. I know you are a very strong woman and John wants you to be happy,so please try to do that for him. He is in my thoughts and in my prayers.

Love,

Ali
Clint Miller
Dear Mary and John, word just reached us that LJ's battle was over, and we all feel such anguish for your tremendous loss.

I've been reading the comments, and like several of the writers, I did not really get to know LJ on a personal level. This is primarily due to distance. But you are so dear to me, and I have followed the saga through updates between our families. Your loss saddens us deeply.

My most solid visual memory of John is as a baby boy, looking over his daddy's shoulders while he was being carried by big John, and I followed behind. I can still see that beautiful face and remember so clearly looking into the smiling eyes of little John Whitney Rust, Jr.

However, I've heard so much about LJ, the young man in these recent years. I've heard stories and seen pictures-- and I have been so inspired at how well he has handled all of this, and at how much he chose to enjoy life to the fullest as long as he could. That is a tremendous legacy that I think has affected many people, and will continue to do so whenever any one of us faces trials of any magnitude.

My impression of John is that he not only loved life (and loved skiing, and loved bass fishing, not neccesarily in that order), but that he had wisdom, acceptance and maturity beyond his years.

His story has definitely had an impact on me. Some may take a point of view that the cancer defeated him, but by the way he lived out his days, I'd say that John ran the race well, crossed the finish line, and won!

John and Mary, I hope and pray that the pain of your loss will soon give way to the joy of the memories you cherish, peace in the knowledge that he no longer suffers, and gratitude for the time that you shared with him.

Cynthia, we've never met you, but we are so very thankful that you were there with him through the journey, and we are sorry for this tremendous loss to you, as well.

God bless you all-- John, Mary, Cynthia, Julie, and all the aunts, uncles, cousins and other loved ones who share in the loss of LJ. You remain in our hearts, in our thoughts and in our prayers.

Love,

Clint, Christine and Willie
Cindy Gibson Baldo
I think of you often, and you will always be with us in our hearts in our memories. A gentle and loving spirt. As I look at the empty boat in the sunset I know you have gone on to another shore where one day we will all meet again..
Michael Bristow
I had the pleasure of meeting John in Zapata Texas while he was fishing Falcon.

When I first met him, I realized that all of us have some problems at times. But when you compare them to the battle that John faced, it makes our issues minor in comparison.

John, I enjoyed meeting you in December, and I hope you'll be the first to greet me when I too make that final journey.