This page is in memory of our dear friend and
"Frontliner" Danny Mustard
friend, servant of G-d, and inspiration to many
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The horror of what happened to you dear friend will last what lifetime
I have left - You have given me the best tribute a person can give another
- that is you wanted the principles of which I live by to prevail in your
being - For the better part of 15 years you listened and executed these
principles with a passion - You became a man among men - You lived your
life - found your way to peace of mind - and a God that guided you -
On December 17th of 1999 you and I talked on the phone from California
to Tennessee as we did many times these past 4 years - We spoke of how
happy you were - of how you found a lady friend who you cared about - We
talked about God and how when I met Him - I would let Him know a thing or
two - and that I would make sure He took care of you - We talked this way
for years for I was 17 years older than you - We laughed so much - we
cried at times - The spirit of understanding grew - you called me many
times to see if all was well - How I remember the moments of revelation
when you got the point I was trying to make -
Well, Dear Danny - you have surpassed me in all areas - You dear friend
have become the teacher - I am the student - You dear friend are with the
Master - all knowing - transcending His knowledge to you - You have a most
beautiful light that encompasses your soul - a smile on your face that
will last for eternity -
You Dear Danny were born January 10, 1951 and on January 19, 2000 while
you were asleep on the couch - fate came - even though I was 3000 miles
away - I can feel the bullets enter your body - I have woken up many
nights since with this vision - I cry for you dear friend - for I am only
a mortal - my only wish is that it was me - Good night Dear Danny - We
will meet soon and walk the path with God as eternity embraces our souls -
The Old Man
|From Danny's sister, Debbie
DANNY TALKED ABOUT ALL OF YOU (Frontliners) IN HIS EVERY DAY LIFE AS YOU
WERE ALL A PART OF HIS SURVIVAL IN THIS WORLD. WE WANT ALL OF YOU TO KNOW WITHOUT
YOU THERE WOULD BE NO DANNY AND HE LOVED ALL OF YOU VERY VERY MUCH. THIS LETTER IS
FROM HIS SISTER DEBRA, MOTHER FAYE, BROTHER IN LAW RON AND AUNT IRENE THAT HELPED RAISE
HIM. WE WILL CONTINUE OUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE FRONTLINE IN HIS MEMORY TO
CONTINUE THE EFFORT THAT HE HAS SPENT IN HELPING OTHERS...LOVE TO ALL
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A DAY HAS NOT GONE BY SINCE DANNY DIED, THAT HE HAS NOT BEEN ON MY MIND.
HIS UNCLE ROD, I REMEMBER WELL OVER 40 YEARS AGO, WHEN HIS DAD WAS A
AWAY FIGHTING THE FORGTTEN WAR IN KOREA AS WAS HIS UNCLE DON.
YOUNGEST IN A FAMILYOF FIVE, I HAD NO "LITTLE BROTHER".
I GUESS I TOOK DANNY
UNDER MY WING AS MY LITTLE BROTHER. DANNY ALWAYS WANTED A PIGGY
LOOKING MORE LIKE HUCK FINN, I WOULD GET DANNY ON MY BACK, AND TAKE HIM
FISHING. THIS WAS WHEN HE CAUGHT HIS FIRST FISH, IT WAS SMALL BUT
TO HIM IT
WAS GREAT BIG. I ENJOYED THESE EARLY TIMES WITH HIM AT MY SIDE.
COMING OUT OF THE ARMY HIS DAD AND MOM MOVED TO CALIFORNI. I DIDNT
LITTLE BROTHER AROUND MUCH UNTIL I DECIDED TO TRY CALIFORNIA FOR AWHILE.
THIS TIME DANNY WAS ABOUT 10 YEARS OLD. I HAD BOUGH AN OLD
PLYMOUTH FROM HIS
DAD. ALL OF DANNY AND DEBBIES FRRIENDS LIKED TO GO TO THE A&W
STAND. SO I,
WOULD LOAD UP ALL THE KIDS AND TAKE THEM DOWN FOR A ROOTBEER. TO
KIDS I WAS UNCLE ROD!
WHEN HIS DAD AND MOM RETIRED AND MOVED BACK TO VIRGINIA, DANNY STAYED IN
CALIFORNIA. HIS WORK THERE WAS NOT FINISHED. HE HAD PEOPLE
HE WANTED TO
HELP. HE TOLD ME SEVERAL TIMES THAT HE WOULD KNOW WHEN HE SHOULD
COME BACK TO VIRGINIIA, HIS DAD'S HEALTH WAS BAD. A FEW
YEARS AGO HE MADE THE MOVE TO COME BACK AND HELP HIS DAD AND MOM.
DANNY'S DAD DIED IN JAN/98. HE THEN CONCENTRATEDON HIS MOM, TO BE
WITH HER AS MUCH AS HE COULD AND HELP HER. BUT, WHEN DANNY CAME
BACK EAST, HE DIDN'T GIVE UP HIS CALLING TO HELP PEOPLE. SOMEHOW
HE FOUND THE PEOPLE OR THEY FOUND HIM, AND HE CONTINUED HIS QUEST TO
COUNCIL PEOPLE, TO HELP THEM CHANGE THEIR LIFE. THIS WAS HIS
CALLING, HE HAD BEEN HELPED YEARS AGO, DANNY ENJOED HELPING
HIS FELLOW MAN, WHENEVER ASKED,HE WOULD GO.
GOD BLESS YOU DANNY, I KNOW ALL YOUR FAMILY IS PROUD OF WHAT YOU HAVE
FOR OTHERS. LOVE, UNCLE ROD
I was stunned when I saw the news that Danny had died. I was so
by the loving memorial on he Frontline website. I want to pass on
condolences to his family, and to the rest of the Frontline family.
was an important influence in my life, and the life of my brother,
Mike. When I was young and struggling to get sober and to know
gave selflessly of his time to help me. When my brother, in his
hour of need, came to me for the same thing, I instinctively took him to
Danny, who took him under his wing and set him on the right path.
He was a
strong, wise man, and he shared that strength and wisdom with me, and
of the young Frontliners who gravitated toward him in search of what he
had. He was a no nonsense sort of man. A man of few words, but he
make them count. He learned well from Ray, and carried the torch
high. Seeing the picture of he and I on his memorial website
all home for me. There he was, undoubtedly speaking to me from the
heart. There I was--listening and learning. I am blessed to have
Danny was our cousin, friend and confidant, and our hearts are
hurting at the thought of not having him in our lives any more. Danny, you have helped so
many and so many more were blessed to have known you. I guess God needed your help
now, because you were definitely taken from us too soon. You are truly missed!
Love, David, Donna Tammy and Tyler
Danny was one of my first impressions with
Frontline and I love him for that. When I walked through Frontline's kitchen doors, Danny
welcomed me and made me feel VERY welcome. I felt so welcome I still come to Frontline
every week. It is my place of giving.
Danny is a part of our lives and will remain . . .
Dear Faye, Debbie, Ron and Family,
As I sit down to write, once again let me express my deepest condolences to family and
friends alike. I am deeply struck by this tragedy and somehow it strikes at the very core
of who and why I am.
I came to Sylmar, California, at twelve...new and friendless and afraid.Danny was one
of my first neighborhood buddies. We played everything. Bikes,skateboards, army, forts,
catch, board games -- games we made up and you name it. I got very involved in the
"elite" group at school and became school treasurer and was on my way to being
student body president or so I thought when out of no where a series of events brought me
down within days. As a ninth grader in junior high I suddenly was friendless and
afraid,again. Devastated, I lost every friend, not a soul would speak to me, I was
ostracized totally and fell into deep depression. The one person I remember who stood by
me and respected me, was there for me and cared was Danny Mustard. Like a brother he took
me in and became close to me again. Danny saw the best in me and believed in me and in
effect rescued me and my dignity, my self-respect and hope to go on. Just by being there
and being a regular friend, without pretense or heavy expectation he gave me hope. He was
instrumental in me going to First Baptist Church of San Fernando where I began a new life
of ministry til today, when I am Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Big
Bear Lake, Californa. I am blessed and as I look back on my life there are a few very
special people who have been a tremendous influence in my life. Danny is on that list. I
am not surprised that he died trying to help somebody. Danny is one of the most decent,
regular, caring, real and truly noble men I've known. You could do Danny no greater honor
or commemoration today than just consider Jesus Christ, Danny's and my Lord and Savior.
The scripture says, "Greater love has no man than this, than to lay down his
life for his friends." Jesus did it, Danny did it, I'd do it. Danny is with the Lord
today, right now. Please consider what life is really all about and learn from Danny's
life who the Lord is. Danny Mustard was one of my best friends of my life. He is my
brother in Christ, He is my co-worker in the Kingdom and I count it sheer joy and blessing
to have known him.
Danny, my dear friend someday we'll celebrate forever with Jesus together again. I
thank God for your life. Look for me.
(from Pastor Fred Snider)
Danny Mustard was one of the finest men I've had the pleasure to
know. Not only was Danny my customer he was also a very close friend. I know for certain
that if I had ever needed anything Danny was there to help me.
Dannys work with Frontline is to be commended. If anyone ever knew what it means to be
on the frontline helping people it was Danny. Every where Danny went he looked for those
he could help. Thank you Ron for introducing Danny to me. I now realize why I chased you
for 2 years to sell you product. God wanted me to know Danny. Danny is home with Christ
Jesus now and we can rejoice knowing that one day we will explore all that Heaven is with
If you who are reading these
words don't know Jesus Christ as a personel savior won't you please give your heart
to God now. Danny is where we desire to be. And just by doing what Danny did (surrendered
to Jesus) can you know that your future is secure.
Ron Debbie Faye may God keep
and bless you for what you are doing for Danny. God bless you.
be God's! Live like you'll die tomorrow, die knowing you'll live forever....RWM
When I started Frontline I had gotten a new camera, and was
taking pictures of everything I did. I'm so glad I did, because I've been able to
spend the last few days remembering a wonderful period of my life and a very special
friend, Danny Mustard. Spending time with him in the Frontline kitchen and on
Skid Row. There were late nights at Solley's deli, road-trips with friends to Vegas,
San Diego and Camping. Great dinners at his friends Red & Susies. A lot of
talking and a lot of laughing.
But I didn't have to dig out my photos to remember the most special memories
of Danny. They came right away. He always made me feel special. He had so much
patience to listen to me when I was going through a divorce. He never was too busy
for me and even took me along on some of his dates so I wouldn't be alone. He
even made me feel like I had a sense of humor. He also was loyal and
loved Ray so much. Many times we learned a lot of Ray's philosophies from
Danny. Looking back on my own life so far, I would have to say Danny was one
of the most important people in it. He gave me the strength and love to be where I
am today. Danny was a very very special person and I thank God that he was in
Love, Lisa Matthews-Guyette
Danny was my cousin and friend, He will be sorely
missed, but never forgotten by me. We did not spend as much time together as we would have
liked, but we understood the reasons why. Dan was a great friend and person who would
listen and try to help anyone in need. Dan always wanted to help. Life sent him on a
bumpy road, but he was always up to the challenge. his needs were never great and he asked
for little in return. He is in the hands of Christ, Our Savior, now, and until we meet
again, I will always be your loving cousin, James Allen Yates
DANNY WAS MY"COUS"' AS HE LIKED TO CALL ME. BUT,
HE WAS ALSO MUCH MORE. HE LOVED UNCONDITIONALLY AND, HE WAS BLESSED WITH A
GIFT. HE KNEW HOW TO MAKE YOU FEEL SPECIAL, TO FEEL IMPORTANT, AND ESPECIALLY TO
FEEL LOVED. HE GAVE THESE GIFTS TO ME EVERYTIME WE WERE TOGETHER, WHICH WASN'T
NEARLY ENOUGH. I WILL CHERISH THESE PRECIOOUS GIFTS HE LEFT WITH ME. GOODBYE,
MY SPECIAL "COUS". I WILL ALWAYS MISS YOU. BUT, YOU ARE FOREVER SAFE
IN MY HEART.
MARGO JOHNSON, BLOUNTVILLE, TENN.
The world is blessed with few people, like you, that give the gift
of themselves to help others. We are proud to say that Danny was our cousin and he will be
sadly missed and often thought of.
Love Bob,Barb,children and grandchildren
Danny was my
"first" love--my dearest friend, Deborah Mustard's, big brother. He
recently told me when he visited in Vegas "Stace: you just need someone to love
you." I knew he did. I took so much comfort in those few words spoken by
Danny to me the last time I saw him. Danny loved so many people. He was so
lucky to have loved the way he did (some never do), and to have given so much of himself
to so many tired, weary souls. He touched me. He is loved by many and always.
In Loving Memory of my Nephew: Danny Mustard
As I sit here with tears in my eyes I
can hardly see to type this. It is so hard to believe that he was taking from us by
someone that he was trying to help get their life in order, but that was the type of guy
Danny was. Danny was the first Grandchild for my parents and the first nephew so you see
how much he was loved by his family. I recall the many times that he and I would get
into discussions on the bible, one time in particular I recall him saying that there was
verses pertaining to satellites in the bible which I had never read, but he showed me
where it was. Danny loved to keep people laughing and we have had some good times
together, I didn't get to be with him very much after they moved to California in his
early childhood. I always looked forward to his trips home. He always loved my homemade
candy that I made for Christmas gifts, especially the reece cups. He told everyone
that they could have the remainder of what was on the plate, but to leave the reece cups
for him. Danny will be greatly missed by us all and I feel like he is with the Lord now
and looking down on us and saying what a great place he is in, where there is no crying,
no pain and everyone is happy. May God grant us the strength to go on and one day we will
all be together again.
my Love, Aunt Sue
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