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Watford City teen dies in tragic workshop fire

Posted 11/03/15 (Tue)

By Amy Robinson
Farmer Staff Writer

On Wednesday night, Oct. 28, 15-year-old Devon Hunt’s life was cut short when an out-of-control fire in his dad’s workshop took his life. Hunt was a sophomore at Watford City High School.
“My son was taken from us tonight when he was overcome by an out-of-control fire,” wrote Ryan Hunt, Devon’s father, after the fire took his son’s life. “We have no clue if he suffered, or for how long. But my baby died trying to be a hero, and put out the fire that ultimately took not only the shop, but my son as well.”
Counselors were made available at Watford City High School to Devon’s fellow classmates and friends the following day. Many of Hunt’s classmates and friends were in shock. Many more were in disbelief. Feelings of sadness and pain filled the halls that Devon used to walk. No one was expecting to see Devon one minute and have him gone the next.
“Devon, I remember when we were in sixth grade math together and I thought you were hilarious,” wrote one friend on Devon’s Facebook page. “I would move right next to you every day just because you made me laugh so much (even though I couldn’t see the whole time). You made that class my favorite out of my whole schedule. You made sixth grade so fun for me and such a fun experience. Your family and you are in my thoughts and prayers at this time. Rest in peace Devon. I know people will think you’re as hilarious as much as I did where you are right now.”
“I still can’t believe you’re gone,” wrote another friend. “I don’t think anyone has. Just a day ago you and Caden were messing around with me in class and driving me crazy like always. But I’m already missing it. You really had so much going for you. You will be missed by so many Devon.”
A funeral service is currently being planned at CrossPoint Church in Watford City for Saturday, Nov. 7.
“We are planning on a Saturday service,” stated Ryan Hunt. “I’m going to make sure my son’s life is going to be celebrated to the fullest extent possible. To my baby, Devon Hunt, I love you baby. I love you.”
There is currently a memorial fund set up at the First International Bank & Trust in Watford City to help the family pay for Devon’s funeral costs.
“Baby boy, I’m trying my hardest to take care of Tristan Hunt and all the stuff to make sure your life is celebrated to the fullest,” wrote Devon’s dad. “And I hope you’ll be as proud of me as I’ve always been proud of you. You and your brother have always been and will always be my first priority in life. I’ve always been blessed and privileged to be your daddy, and will always be. And I praise God for the opportunity. I love you son.”