John G. Borbonus

May 12, 1987 - April 12, 2007

The family of John Borbous is pleased and honored to have the legacy of John be forever remembered at Kelly’s Whitewater Park.

Born on May 12, 1987 to Hans and Maggie Borbonus, John was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. He was a member of the USA Ski-team and Snowboard team where he attended Wood River Middle School. He graduated in 2005 from Boise High School as a fine athlete and student. John joined the Army on July 16, 2005 after which time he began training for the Special Forces as an Army Ranger.

John’s bold personality molded him into a tall, accomplished young man who had an impact on others. There are many instances where he influenced things, events, and people in a very positive fashion. John changed lives and made a difference and was dearly loved by all who knew him.

John’s statue, is the first bronze statue of an American soldier that lost his life in Iraq. It honors the patriotism and ideals of our American democracy and recognizes all who have suffered great loss for the cause of freedom. The large scale statue portrays John while he was guarding a US Patrol Base in Baghdad, Iraq in 2007. SPC Borbonus shot the driver of a dump truck filled with explosives as it raced toward the patrol base. His heroic actions that day protected the lives of many US Soldiers.

SPC Borbonus represents the many American heroes who stand with valor and passion to defend others, protect our American liberty, and bring democracy to those who have been long oppressed.

John’s father, Hans Borbonus, generously donated the 3.4 acres that KWP is built on.

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