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As you grow up a little, settling down with someone special and having children may be on your mind. And while raising kids can be exhausting, it’s often exceptionally rewarding, too. But even when things may all appear to be going well, life has a tendency to throw curveballs. And just when Gary Mencl, his wife, Angela, and their young clan seemed to have it all, their happy family life was swiftly shattered.

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Residents of North Bend, Oregon, Gary and Angela were the proud parents of four children named Alex, Taylor, Jaylee and Landon. In the years before he had become a dad, though, Gary had been very much focused on his education – and it had seemed as though he had a firm grasp on what he wanted to do in the future.

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