Small family says thanks and goodbye

Today (Sat, Dec. 1) marks 9 months since we received the tragic news that our son, Jeremiah Small, had been killed by one of his students in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq.

This shook not only our family and close friends but acquaintances and strangers around the globe.

In the flurry of events following this, we were inundated with kindness and generosity from far and near. None was more uplifting than the way The Daily World (Debi Tracy) shared the unfolding story with the Harbor community. We ought to have written expressing our thanks months ago but perhaps here, sandwiched between Thanksgiving and Christmas, our deep appreciation can be more keenly felt.

It is with a measure of sadness that we also take this opportunity to bid farewell to the Harbor after 13 years — directing Shiloh Bible Camp, etc. We will be partnering with The Refuge ( in Brinnon to provide family retreats and training events.

We have also launched a new non-profit (VISION 20/20) to expand the vision Jeremiah had begun with his students: student-initiated civic improvement.

The English library project is growing as are educational training, family enrichment and emergency service programs. More info will be forthcoming at in the weeks ahead.

Thanks, Grays Harbor, for all the ways you’ve blessed us!

Dan and Rebecca Small