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Losing someone dear to us is incredibly challenging. We can all empathize with the process of grieving and finding ways to honor the memory of those we’ve lost. Transforming our sorrow into meaningful actions that celebrate their life and what made them special is a positive way to keep their spirit alive.

Jeff and Mary Toole have experienced the untimely loss of their son, Dustin. Our deepest sympathies go out to the Toole family during this difficult time. Their journey is one of love for their son and his profound passion for skiffs. It’s a story that resonates deeply and reminds us all to cherish our loved ones and the things they held dear.

Introducing the Tool Family

My son is Dustin Wayne Toole. He was 22 years and on June 21st. 2016 he was involved in a vehicle accident in his pickup truck on I-4 that took his life. He was a great young man, very hard working, very responsible, and he loved Jesus Christ, his family, and fishing. Dustin has a younger brother Dalton that is 21 years old now a younger brother Mason that is now 7 years old and a sister Meagan that is now 19 years old. Dustin was also great big brother.

Dustin bought this boat 5 years ago when he was 18. Just out of high school. It is a 1987 16ft Alumacraft. It had a mini tower in it and 50hp Johnson. It was a skinny water fishing machine. Nothing fancy but very effective.

After Dustin’s accident my son Dalton and I took the jon boat to Tyler at MTS Boat Worx to have it completely reworked and restored to the way that Dustin said he would some day like to have it done and it turned out great. As you can see in the pics we had a new mini tower built. We made the front deck larger, and added gunwales to the middle, put a sub floor in the boat, a new bait well underneath the seat, built a new all aluminum transom, and a new back deck, the boat has been completely retired with new lights bilge pump baitwell pump aerator 24 volt trolling motor and a complete wet sound stereo. Then we powered the boat with a Yamaha 50hp 2stoke with hydraulic steering and all new rigging. Recently, we had Castaway customs put seadeck on the rig as the finishing touch. This boat is amazing. I only wish Dustin was here to see it. We miss him tremendously.


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    This is a very nice tribute and very proud of the work yall done on this boat… Jeff and Dalton great job and yes Dustin would be so proud but how ever Mary Toole is Dustin’s step mother I Rita Toole am Dustin and Dalton mother…no disrespect to Mary she’s had a big part in my boys life…I’m proud to say she’s been great… Dustin Wayne my biggie boy…I love and miss you deeply my first born and first true love….love your mother mommy mom and as you would say….Ma…

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