DJ's friends share their memories of DJ as the engraved pink granite stone and a flowering crabapple tree are dedicated to her memory on the campus south of the high school Friday, April 26. Photo by Larry Dobson
By Gretta Becay
Dry eyes were scarce at a tree-planting ceremony in memory of D.J. Logan, a Byron high school senior who died in a car accident the first day of school.
April 26, 2013, hundreds of students gathered on the south side of the building to honor the girl "...who was always smiling," said one classmate about her.
Many seniors wore purple T-shirts with D.J.'s initials in a heart on the sleeves. Many wore purple bracelets, the sale of which benefited D.J.'s scholarship fund.
Tammy and Dan Buchanan and their business, Mosquito Squad of Southeast Minnesota, donated the tree. As a way of giving back to the community, the company's franchises all over the U.S. plant trees on Arbor Day.
This year, in Byron, the Buchanans just knew their tree had to be planted in D.J.'s memory.
After the couple contacted Principal Mike Duffy at the high school, the student council decided to purchase a stone to be placed by the tree. Members of the National Honor Society dug the hole big enough to hold the root ball of the 12-foot tree and will be sure the tree stays watered through the end of the school year, said Duffy at the ceremony.
Anderson Memorial's manager Kyle Larson said they tried to make the stone as unique as D.J. was. It is made of pink polished granite.
Engraved in a heart on the stone are the words, "It's not goodbye, it's I'll see ya later. Deej" and "In Loving Memory of D J Logan 12/01/1994 - 9/4/2012."
D.J. had put the goodbye on Facebook a short while before her death and the words became a symbol of her lasting inspiration to her friends and family, said Danielle Adams, a friend of D.J.
The tree is a flowering crabapple tree called Spring Snow and came from Sargent's Nursery.
Matt and Megan Logan, D.J.'s parents, attended the ceremony and Matt talked about the support he and his family have received from the community since the accident and since March when the building housing the Logans' business north of Byron burned to the ground.
The two have talked to many groups about the dangers of texting and driving, the activity that cost D.J. her life.