John at Hilton Head circa 93-94The Pay It Forward in Memory of John Dye web site was granted permission by Jim Dye to display the personal photos of John you see on this page and throughout the site. At the request of John’s loved ones, please do not re-post or publish these photos anywhere else. Thank you.
I have been a fan of John Dye for years. But since January of 2010 when my mom passed away, he has especially been on my heart and mind.
So I have been trying to figure out just what it is that makes this man so special. Knowing John was ‘out there’ somewhere brightened my days. It wasn’t just his acting or his looks. It wasn’t that he was from the South. Those are the things that first attracted me to him. John was a man of God, he loved his family and friends, the places he lived and the work he did. He was kind and compassionate. He took time to care for others. And, John tried to make a difference. This is what endeared me to him. His plans may have changed through the years, but did his purpose? No, John wanted to change the world. I believe he was called to be an actor so that he would have better opportunities to do just that. He changed the world by acting. John changed the world by acting as a man dying of AIDS, a conscientious objector Army medic, an angel, and a variety of other roles both real and fictional. John also took action. He changed the world by making a difference with each activity and place in which he was involved. John changed the world by taking something he loved to do and using it as a means to accomplish what he needed to do. And he did it one project and community at a time. This made him special.
Did his life turn out like he planned? Probably not, but, was there a plan for his life? Yes there was. The Bible says, in Proverbs 16:9, ‘In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.’ There was a plan and a purpose for John and that continues. In an episode of Touched By An Angel, Tess says, ‘Sometimes a person does his best living through the people he leaves behind.’ We are the people he left behind. It is our charge to carry out John’s best living. We need to make a difference in our communities. If we do that, we can change the world. It is my hope and prayer that Pay It Forward in Memory of John Dye will be something John is proud of and that it will continue his legacy in a manner worthy of his calling and his purpose.
I had wondered a while back, what it would be like, when the next adversity in my life hit and I could not think of him being ‘out there’ somewhere offering hope. However, I am learning that he is now ‘up There’ offering hope. I dreamed back in the spring that my life had again become chaotic and stressful due to unknown circumstances. In the dream, he was there (as, Andrew, I think) comforting me, and telling me I would make it through this. The day I learned my dad possibly had cancer, I came home, got on the internet, and opened an e-mail from a friend who had found, a “new” old picture of John. There he was, offering up the peace and calmness I needed. Then, a week or so later, when I learned my dad did have cancer and would be starting chemo, I again came across another picture of John. He is still giving me hope. And, strangely, I feel closer to him because it’s like he knows me personally now and is encouraging me through pictures, contact with his parents, his other fans, and, of course, this site. I even wonder, if that dream was a forewarning of what I am now beginning to go through. He is still touching us. I was attracted to him through his portrayal of Andrew. I felt John played that part as if Andrew were Jesus walking again on this earth. His dad said in an interview that he could bring sunshine to your life…he certainly could, but, John could also bring Son-Shine, what an example he set! John acted justly, he loved mercy and he walked humbly with his God. He is now resting peacefully in his reward in Heaven. But he is STILL making a difference. Through all the people he ‘touched’ on Earth and all the people he will ‘touch’ still. This is why this man is so special. I love you, John. You are my standard. I’ll see you when I get to Heaven-go eat some of my mom’s cooking! I miss it. She will fix all of your favorites.