Dewitt Community Mourns Loss of Accident Victim

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A Dewitt family is mourning the loss of not only a husband and a father but a man who many in the community said would do anything to help others before himself.

Jami Selden, Don's wife, said Don wore many hats.

"He was the guy that everybody could call and he would be there, if it be as a husband or as a friend," said Jami Selden.

Selden, 42, was killed Wednesday night in a tragic accident that shut down I-96 for hours after the flatbed truck he was driving slammed into a semi-truck which stopped suddenly in front of him.

Jami describes him as a jack of all trades, but above all as a father.

"World's best dad about it explains it," she said.

He was a father to five children between the ages of four and 11. Three of them were taken in by Jamie and Don as fosters.

Many of them too young to understand what has happened.

"I keep telling them put your hand on your heart, he's right there," Jami said. "He's always going to be there, you're going to be okay."

Pat Miller, one of Don's co-workers said he was always all about family and for Don, family extended well beyond bloodlines.

"To see Don step up to the plate and do what he's done and has done for several people and their families and enhance his own family is really just remarkable," Miller said.

A member in the community even set up a family fund to help support the Selden's five kids. Donations can be made to the Don Selden Family Memorial at any Lake Trust Credit Union location.

Jami said the support from the community has been overwhelming.

"Words cannot describe how thankful I am to everyone," she said. "I am completely overwhelmed and relieved at the same time."

But through it all, Jami said she hopes her loss inspires others to live the way her husband tried to everyday.

"Just pass it forward by telling your loved ones that you love them," she said. "If you can give even the time of helping a neighbor, helping a loved one, helping a friend, that's what he really was strong for."

Visitation services for Don Selden are scheduled for Sept. 3 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home in DeWitt.

The funeral will be held on Sept. 4 at 10am at the First Methodist Church, 3827 Delta River Dr., in Lansing.

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