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He probably did have life insurance. However, it’s been my experience (I’ve been an estate planning attorney for over 25 years) that NO family has enough life insurance. And with Julie needing to raise 6 sons for many years by herself, she will need help.
This is a marvelous way for each of us to help make a little difference in the life of this family. For me, it’s an opportunity to just send a hug and some love to them in a monetary way.
Thanks to all of you for taking the time to do just that!
I am confused. I found the following about Bishop Sannar, He was the owner and president of a multi-million dollar company. Would he not have insurance and means to provide for his family? Or was business not doing well?
See link below.
Sannar was general manager and owner of Soil Basics, an agricultural consulting company in Visalia.
Raymond H. Villasenor, a nutrition consultant with Soil Basics, said Sannar and his wife, Julie, have run Soil Basics in Visalia for about 15 years. The agricultural company provides consulting for farmers about soil health.
Sannar bought the business after working there as an employee for two years, Villasenor said. Julie Sannar handles payroll and accounting for the business.
Read more: http://www.fresnobee.com/2010/08/31/2059920/bishop-shot-dead-at-visalia-church.html#ixzz10Px3JZk9
Todd, see here:
Does anyone know why there is no mention of this on the church news website? Just curious. I would think this is a big deal for the church. I am not aware of anything like this happening before in our church since the pioneer days.
Hello! This is from the Philippines.We were really saddened about the news. But we believe that this life is quick in passing. Your family will be together again …forever!
We love you!
Padilla Family of Tarlac City
The $5,000 anonymous donation from Sunday night has now been deposited into my account. Once this check clears, as well as the Paypal funds withdrawn, everything will be combined and sent over to the bank where the Sannar family’s trust fund is established.
Here’s a photo of the deposit receipt:
Thank you, all. Your kind words are very appreciated.
I wanted to pass along the following article, which corrects the horrible one printed the previous day insinuating that this fundraiser is a scam:
Thank you so much for doing this! I am amazed at how much it has been accomplished in such a short time. This is an example of how horrible tragedies can actually become a way to bring people together. Thanks for not giving up when so many of us questioned your intentions (well, I never really did, but not knowing you, I was in doubt for a few moments because of some comments that I had read).
Thanks again, I have posted this link to my FB page and emailed friends.
May the Lord have tender care of sister Sannar, her children and all those that have been touched by this senseless tragedy.
Less the 2,000 to go! Wow Connor, I am amazed. I know I was a bit skeptical when we first talked but you have done a great job, both running this, and easing everyone’s concerns. I bet no one ever thought this amount of generosity from both you and all the contributors was even possible, but you all have shown this community here in the valley that there are still lots of loving and caring people out there in this dark world. And even though I am not a member of the LDS church I am still proud to call you all brothers and sisters in Christ. Gob bless!
I thank your mother for starting you on the path of the pledge page for Clay. My family was afraid of scams in the beginning. I called you and found you to be a man with the know-how to do great things for others. Thanks for not holding back. Having known Clay all of his life, I can say that you will never look back and wonder if you did the right thing by starting the pledge so soon not knowing any of us Sannars. Clay was a man of men. A man who loved God and his family. So very respectful and caring of others. I loved him, I love all of his brothers and sisters. Everyone does. They are so fun to be around for gatherings. Lots of children means lots of fun. We all came from one family, Charles and Bessy Sannar so we are all related. He had nothing to hide. He had a way about him that allowed you to relax you when you were around him. A calming that felt so natural. I have been his in-laws’ home teacher for years and their love for him was like no other. He was a pillar, that man you could trust your life to, your daughters life to. You may not have known him, but I did, and as he may have said, the baseball fan that he was, you really knocked this one out of the park. Thanks so much.
I am personally very grateful to be apart of the true church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Where there is gospel principals taught and practiced. I am at a loss of words for this beautiful family that has had the greatest tragedy that could happen to their family happen in this life. I thank God for the knowledge and blessing of being Sealed for time and all eternity. May God bless everybody associated with this tragedy. For those just hearing this story, cling to your loved ones. For the Sannar family I pray that you will be at peace and that you may be comforted by the Holy Ghost. Thank you Connor Boyack for organizing this fund raiser to help the Sannar family.
Thank you Connor for providing a way to help in behalf of the Sannar Family. It has not been apparently easy for you but you were moved to do it. Our prayers are extended to the Ward Family as well during this senseless tragedy. I truly believe that one day “all our sorrows will be made up”.
Okay folks, the Paypal withdrawal is done.
This money represents all donations made prior to switching the donation site over to Blane’s Paypal account yesterday.
That amount was around $36,000. $5,000 of that amount is a personal check written to me to be included, as well as the $50 pledge from my wife and I. That $5,050 will then be included with the amount received by Paypal (which is a percentage of the total, as Paypal takes 2.9% of each transaction), and a check from my personal account will be written DIRECTLY to the trust fund the family has established.
The check will then be mailed to the bank, and I’ll post here a photo of that written check when we get to that point. (I have to wait 3-5 days for these funds to clear in my account.)
The bank has told me that they will provide a confirmation letter when they receive the funds, which I’ll then post, so everybody knows that the money made it over.
After that point, I will (finally!) be out of the middle of this. :)
I’ve also been told that the family is working to set up an “official” online donation site. Money donated there would go directly to the trust fund. When that site is live, we’ll close down this donation site, and provide a link to where people can go to make more “official” donations.
This is a very awful event that has happened. My question to you is, Why can’t you keep this going and open for a while? Why does there have to be a cap on anything? This pour woman is going to have to provide for the rest of her life. If people want to donate let people donate. Prayers going out to family and members of their church.
I’m so glad they reopened the account. That’s wonderful. I wish I could give, but my prayers are with them and I can only imagine how many Temples worldwide have their names on the rolls and how many times they’ve been added to LA, Fresno, Oakland and Sacto Temples.
Ive created a facebook group for Clay and I am going to be turning it over to Blane as well sometime in the near future, that way he and the family can see whats been posted by everyone. So please feel free to join and share your condolences, prayers and memories with the family.
Connor, you’ve been a really good sport about all this…
NOTE: I have spoken directly with Blane Sannar, Clayâ€™s brother, who has indicated that they have changed their mind and would like the donation site re-opened to allow people to quickly and easily send whatever donation they would like.
ALL funds are now being deposited DIRECTLY into Blaneâ€™s Paypal account, from which he will deposit them into the familyâ€™s trust fund.
I will soon be transferring the funds from my account to his.
Oh of course, you should follow their request. I’m sure there’s good reason behind it. This has grabbed a lot of media and media can really hurt. You’ve done a great thing and I’m sure they appreciate it.
Randy, I agree: it would have been ideal, in my opinion, to keep this fundraiser open. However, the family has asked it be taken down and the official trust fund be the sole option for donating money at this time. I’m abiding by their request, as I hope you realize I should, given the circumstances.
THANKS for setting this up! I sat yesterday wondering what I could do for this family. I served 7 1/2 months of my mission in Visalia and love the people there deeply and this has had such a deep effect on me. I cannot even begin to understand the feelings of this young family as well as the members in that area. My heart goes out to them, they are in my thoughts and prayers!
It’s kind of sad to see this closed. There are many out there who would have been willing to donate, but most likely won’t now. Donating with PayPal is very easy and convenient. The option to mail donations is still there, but not everyone will make the initiative as if they would have with PayPal.
However, I’m very happy to see so many people willing to help the Sannar family. This is a tragic event and he will be missed. It’s a scary event for everyone in Visalia. My wife and I offer our deepest condolences.
Thank you for spearheading this fund raising drive and allowing the greater LDS community an opportunity to donate to the Sannar family. I think we all feel a great sense of sadness and loss at the tragic and untimely passing of our brother in the faith.
Once again, let me add my personal endorsement of Connor’s honor and integrity. He has spent a great deal of time and energy publicizing this online-fund raiser for the Sannar family. Connor is now dedicated to ensuring that the processing fees associated with PayPal are greatly reduced or completely eliminated.
I feel a tremendous sense of personal satisfaction to see so many respond with such a great outpouring of generosity and personal sacrifice (these are tough economic times we live in today).
brian [at] millennialstar.org
Congrats on this campaign, it looks like you guys did some serious good.
Okay folks, as noted in the text box at the top of the page, we’ve now closed the fundraiser.
I contacted Paypal this morning (the payment processor for all of these donations) to inquire about waiving or lowering some of their processing fees so we can get more of the money to the Sannar family. I’m waiting to hear back from them.
Also, many of the donations made were done so using an “eCheck” (electronic check), which takes 3-5 days to clear before depositing in the account. So we’ll need to wait for all of those funds to clear so they can be transmitted — likely by this weekend.
As I indicated at the top of the page, I will be updating this page in the next few days with relevant details to keep people appraised of how things are going.
I’ve been in contact with representatives of the Sannar family and we’re collectively trying to determine the best and most secure way of getting this money to them.
As I get updates, I’ll pass them along. If you have any questions in the mean time, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks SO MUCH for your support. This has been an incredible (and unexpected) experience — and humbling to witness.
@everyone – quit freaking out. this fundraiser is now a national news item. it would be foolish to try and scam anyone this way as it is so public. @cboyack would be held accountable for 735 counts of fraud by deceit (and counting) if he were to try and squirrel the money away for himself.
Information Iâ€™ve received is that the family does have life insurance. This fundraiser is not meant to compensate for a lack of such insurance, but to augment the support theyâ€™re able to have as Clayâ€™s wife now raises six young children on her own.
But, to your point, it’s absolutely crucial that we be prepared for such events, and your advocacy that everybody obtain life insurance is sound advice.
This is truly a tragic event, and such a senseless act. It goes to show, that we never know when our time is, and we need to always be prepared. Even more sad, is the fact that this man is leaving behind a large family of 6 kids, seemingly enough… a bit un-prepared. There is ONE solution to this that I hope everyone learns today…..Life Insurance. I can sleep peacefully at night knowing if something were to ever happen to my husband, my kids and I would never have to rely on others to take care of us. My husband would rather sacrafice a few dinners eating out a month NOW, and in the event that something happened his legacy will live through the rest of our lives. Our kids weddings, college, and many other things we discussed would be covered “if” and when something were to happen to either of us. Adding financial burden to the family only adds to the grieving, and fear of the future. So my loving and noble advice for today, is “be Prepared”.
@uda Iâ€™ll keep that in mind :) But the upstage comment wasn’t for you. Read @cfife’s note and then read my comment again.
I am actually trying to get in contact with Mike Ward, the shooter’s brother, to explore the idea of setting up a fundraiser on that family’s behalf. I’m told that Kenneth (the shooter) leaves behind a wife and young child.
@lov no one was is trying to upstage but yet you encourage me to undertake it nor I believe is anyone down playing Conners efforts that I can see, there is concern as there should be as there are many who would take advantage of a situation like this, however somehow you obviously must personaly feel attacked or something, Connor seems to be an intelligent man and can speak for himself, also obviously Connor has the moumentum and media to accomplish something that many of us cannot, including myself. I personally am just trying to encouragement something that I think someone who is a bishop would have wanted. Obviously no one can know what his wishes are, though guessing by the wonderful things in the media and those who have known him said, I’m thinking he is a closer example to the Lord than you or I. Also it is a true tradgedy that Bishop Sannar was taken, though as mormons let’s not forget the acts of the Amish who set a pretty good example of extending a hand to their offending person involved in this tradgety and his family. Try to stay positive @lov, and not take it so personally. Thank you again Connor, and what you choose is up to you. Either way as you know Connor I have made the offer to help in anyway I can.
Connor, I donâ€™t get these few people who try to upstage and one-up and tell you that you were â€œwrongâ€ somehow or falling â€œshortâ€. It is actually kind of sad. Most people would not have heard nor contributed to the Sannar Family except for social media and the methods you employed. And social media operates online, with wide open information, just how you did it. I went to LDS.org and you canâ€™t even find the story or the info about the fund without intentionally hunting for it, itâ€™s not on the front page. Honestly, how many people will use the PO Box??? I would probably intend to, but not get around to it. Instead, you captured peopleâ€™s good intentions in real-time. This was brilliant and you did that family and all of us a great service, just how you did it. And that is life, whenever you do something well, there will be naysayers. But I appreciate what you have done, and donâ€™t think it would have worked nearly as well any other way. Congratulations on a job remarkably done and so successful!
Udall30, Sorry, this isn’t obvious in print – “That sounds like something you could undertake, right?” is spoken with a hint of sarcasm. I donâ€™t think it is right to publicly tell someone else how to volunteer their time, (of where they should devote their energies) but it is your responsibility to decide your own.
Personally, I don’t know enough about the situation for the Wards to know if they’re having a traditional funeral, if they’re paying for it themselves, etc. And the amount of victimhood weighs heavily on the Sannar family’s side. The Amish forgave and fellowshiped. They didn’t raise large funds for the murderer’s family? I don’t see enough information that prompts me to donate to that cause. More information needed. For example – Why do they need the money. What will be done with the money? What is the purpose?
I want to thank all those who have donated to Bishop Sannars Family, and would also like to encourage everyone who donated to his cause to encourage Connor Boyack who to set up this fund to also help the family of the mentally ill Vet who gunned the bishop down and was killed a short time later by law enforcment. Thank you for considering this Connor, and God Bless!
Thanks, C. I have posted information about the trust fund at the top of this page for those interested in donating that way.
Connor, It is extremely heartwarming to see all the love and responses people are sharing on this site. I am glad you were able to talk directly with Blane and work things out.
Watch the local media news coverage of this fund-raising effort.
Heartbroken to hear about the tragic death of Bishop Sannar. My heart and prayers go out to his wife and 6 children. I donated earlier today but just saw the story on the local news tonight. Connor Boyack was interviewed because of the huge response this fundraising effort has received. Local news media is treating this fundraiser as completely legitimate as I know it is. Thanks to Connor for providing a way for people to help.
A big Thank you to Connor, who followed a prompting and has opened the door for many people to be tools in the Lord’s hands. This is a chance to bring about Tender Mercies in the face of tragedy. I was pleased to interview Connor today, and you may read my blog post here: http://mormonsoprano.com/2010/08/30/death-of-mormon-bishop-prompts-kindness-donations/
NOTE: The fundraising goal has been raised one more â€” and final â€” time to $60,000. This is a symbolic (but attainable?) goal to raise $10,000 for each of Bishop Sannarâ€™s sons. Thanks for all of your support!
P.S. It wouldn’t surprise me if you were able to top $100k…I’ve been watching this all day and the momentum is there.
Connor, Thereâ€™s a few in every crowd. Donâ€™t get wrapped up in the mudslingers. Most of us voted with our dollars anyways, right? We know youâ€™re legit. You don’t need to take your name off. You started it, you should get to see it through to the end. Thanks so much for putting this together. I posted this link on my blog, twitter and facebook. Again, thanks! Youâ€™ve helped us all do something we can feel good about.
I am real, people. Just a fellow Mormon and caring individual trying to help out. This was initially just a small fundraiser for $2,000; I had no idea it’d take off, and more people would want to donate. This has been so, so very humbling.
If you doubt my integrity, please feel free to read my blog at http://www.connorboyack.com, connect with me on Facebook at http://facebook.com/cboyack, or Twitter at http://twitter.com/cboyack and ask others their opinion of me.
Depending on who you talk to, you’ll hopefully hear good things. :)
In all sincerity, though, this is 100% legit. I have now spoken with multiple representatives of the Sannar family, and we’re working out the best way to get this money to them.
I appreciate all of your support. This is amazing — charity mixed with social media! Truly amazing.
I disagree with Connor, politically, on the issue of illegal (yes, ILLEGAL) immigration, but I find him to be a respectable man of integrity. I applaud him for leading this effort to help this poor family. Way to go, sir.
Oh, and another article about the fundraising:
@moroni â€“ Connor has been trying all day to contact and find an arrangement thatâ€™s agreeable with the family in which to turn all this over to them. Heâ€™s waiting to hear from them currently, and will remove himself and his name from this as soon as he does.
@tewood â€“ Actually, the original amount was only $2,000! We reached that goal so quickly (and subsequent goals), that weâ€™ve had to keep raising the limit so people didnâ€™t think it was too late to be charitable.
Hereâ€™s a recent news article about this fundraising process:
For those of you who arenâ€™t too lazy to do anything but complain about your own doubts as to Connorâ€™s legitimacy and integrity, here is pretty much rock-solid, impartial proof of his identity, in the form of the registration information for the domain name (connorboyack.com) on which his long-standing personal weblog is hosted: http://whois.domaintools.com/connorboyack.com (or use any whois domain lookup utility or service). Note in particular that the email address and phone number listed exactly match those provided here, and that they were last updated in 2008.
Growing a little concerned. The original amount was $15,000. Then $20,000. Now $25,000. I have no qualms about helping this family at a terribly tragic time but the fact the amount being sought has increased twice is a little unsettling.
I would consider this legit, if he relinguished all control from the start. He should immediately contact the Stake President, and relinguish all control of the donations to the Stake President of this family. I’ll donate, when this person does not have control of the monies received, and as for a phone number and email…doesn’t take but 30$ or less to get a throwaway phone, and it only takes 60seconds to create a email…I have several.
@Helpingothers, Connor put his own phone number on this posting. If you still doubt that it’s him, call and/or email him. If you’re not convinced, that’s your own problem. Please restrict your comments to only anything constructive or absolute.
Thank you for spear heading this effort. Our little family’s prayers are with the Sannar family.
Who is this Keith Kuder person now running the facebook page? He claims to be helping out Connor. I googled his name and here is what I found. I’m still skeptical! http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700040519/Conservative-Orem-activist-arrested-on-rape-charges.html
http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/article_49426368-073a-50b9-afaa-d755d65fb587.html Here is a link to a newspaper article commenting about this fundraiser. I received Connor’s email with the info myself.
I can also vouch for Connor, his integrity, and the safety of your donations.
@Helpingothers, I appreciate your concerns, but rather than voicing them on this page and planting doubts in the minds of those who might otherwise donate, perhaps it would be more prudent to investigate Connor’s credentials privately (as he has already offered to provide references) and then post the results of your investigation.
I also know Conner, this is legit!
this money will get to the family
God bless the family and friends of Bishop Sannar. Our family is praying that you might find peace during this horrific nightmare.
@Helpingothers Please reference his Twitter page, where he has posted numerous links and comments regarding this: http://twitter.com/cboyack
I sure hope so Jesse Hannah. Have you considered that fact that this person could be posing as Connor Boyack. Anyone could google LDS and find his name. There is nothing on Connor’s blog that refers to this pledge or links to the facebook page… don’t you think he would have posted a link from there too? Just sayin.
@Helpingothers, I cannot vouch for Connor as well as Brian, but I do have full confidence in his integrity as a fellow member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and of his dedication to this cause. Find him on Twitter at @cboyack to see his discussion of and reaction to this tragic event (it was from him in Twitter where I first got word of it), or call or email him personally. I have no doubts whatsoever that is money will indeed go directly to that family, and am thankful to Connor for putting this together and am happy to have contributed what I could.
My heart goes out to Sister Sannar and her family, and their ward as well, and I pray that the support that is being poured out to them is such that they will never be left in want or need of any necessity.
A little bit worried about the donation site. This could be someone taking advantage of a sad situation…. It is much safer to donate directly to a local bank, or the family. Make sure it is legit! I have personal experience in this kind of dishonesty… Be careful there are crooks out their looking for situations just like this to prey on individuals and steal your money. It never makes it to the family.
Our family has been deeply saddened by this tragedy. We desire that our Heavenly Father give His tenderest mercies to the Sannar family, and the Visalia Ward. This pledgie fund is a simple and beautiful way to send a tangible message of love and support.
“We will not likely be required to die for our testimony of the Son of God, as did Joseph and the ancient prophets. We need only stay â€œtrue to the truth for which martyrs have perished.” They were called to give their lives for the gospel. We are called to live our lives for the same purpose.â€ – Robert D. Hales
Tragically, Bishop Sannar was forced to give the ultimate sacrifice for living the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
My Deepest Sympathies. I wish there was more I could do! I can’t stop thinking about how sad and tragic this is, but I know the Lord will provide a way for Clay’s wife and kids to overcome this tragedy and go on to do great things! I will keep All the Sannars in my prayers.
Jared if you read this keep you head up and let me know if there is anything you need!
My heart goes out to the family. Your father, husband, and son, will be exhalted on high for losing his life in the service of God.
May I offer my deepest condolences to Sister Sanner and her family, including Bishop Sanner’s side of his family. I pray that you will feel of Heavenly Father’s and Jesus’ love for you. May we all follow the council of my bishop (Bishop Speckhard) and continually pray for our Bishopric and for our Ward Family.
I have known Connor Boyack through our mutual association as LDS bloggers for several years now. He is a man of integrity and honor, and I have every confidence that all of the donations will go directly to Bishop Sannar’s family. I am happy to give my name as a reference for Connor’s character. Email me at brian at millennialstar.org should you have any questions.
My deepest sympathy for the loss of one of our leaders. I was saddened to hear about it. Our leaders work for no pay and do great work with the church. May heavenly father bless your family and be with you every day.
May God bless Bishop Sanner’s immediate family and his ward family with comfort. Lorraine Gilmer
No words can express sympathy for the loss of one of our Lord’s beloved servants, be at peace and rest assured that he is in Gods hands. The Master refiner of men will cometh soon, and Bishop Sannar will again live. May the atoneing sacrifice of our Lord bring peace for all those who seek it. (“All who leave this earth will return to the God who created them” – Thomas Monson.) May God hold you Bishop Sannar and bless your family in this dificult time. – J Udall
May God Bless Bishop Sannarâ€™s family with comfort and peace.
We are heartsick to hear of this horrifying tragedy, and our prayers will be with the Sannar family during this difficult time. May the Lord be with you always.
My heart hurts. Sister Sannar, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your children.
May I extend my deepest sympathies to the family of Bishop Sannar. My sincere thoughts and prayers go out to your entire familyâ€¦