Jonathan Standaert, 40, Mandan, went to heaven on April 2, 2021.
He was born in Bismarck on October 16, 1980. Jonathan grew up in Bismarck attending school through the BPS special needs program.
There were things Jonathan couldn't do. He couldn't walk. He couldn't do many things people take for granted every day. When some looked at him, that's what they saw - the things he couldn't do. But that's not what we saw and that's not who he was. We saw the things Jonathan could do. He could smile. He could laugh. He could feel happiness. He could love without condition. He could show love without saying a word. Jonathan was an example of perseverance and inner strength, as he fought battles in health and limitations that would crush many of us. Jonathan gave us the gift of perspective. He taught us to take pleasure in the simple things in life and place emphasis on things that are truly important. Jonathan brought joy to those who were lucky enough to know him.
Jonathan enjoyed the outdoors. He loved to go wheelchair waterskiing and camping. He liked country music and watching cartoons. He attended football games and his nephews birthday parties. Jonathan enjoyed being around his roommates, family and going out into the community.
Jonathan is survived by his brother, Joe (Kristi) Standaert, Bismarck; father, Randall Standaert, Gilbert, Ariz.; niece, Megan Standaert, Cocoa Beach, Fla.; three nephews, Braxton, Ethan and Camden Standaert; the loving staff at HIT; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara Bursaw; grandparents, Andrew and Mary Bursaw, and Edward and Christine Standaert; and several uncles.
Thank you to all those who cared for Jonathan over the years such as BPS, St. Alexius and many more. A very special thank you to all the great staff at HIT, Inc. for taking such great care of Jonathan and giving him a home filled with love.
No services are scheduled at this time.