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Published June 15, 2013, 12:00 AM

Long-distance dads


Jonathan Heaton, Lehi, Utah, works as a truck driver in Stanley, N.D., to support his four children, including his youngest son, age 4. “You realize that if the bills are going to get paid, this is what you’ve got to do," Heaton says. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

  • Jonathan Heaton, Lehi, Utah, works as a truck driver in Stanley, N.D., to support his four children, including his youngest son, age 4. “You realize that if the bills are going to get paid, this is what you’ve got to do," Heaton says. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service
  • Tom Stull, project coordinator for a construction company, works in Williston, N.D., to support his family in Lakeland, Fla. Stull video chats with his 3-year-old son, Jayden, three times a week. "It's better when you get to see his face," Stull says. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service
  • Dion Williams works as a production tester in North Dakota while his three daughters live in Virginia. He holds a picture of daughter Akya, 5, while on location of an oil well in Mountrail County, N.D. "Just seeing smiles on her face every time I see pictures of her makes me realize I am at least doing something to provide for our family," Williams says. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service
  • Mike Wolf, of Salem, Ore., abruptly quit his job casing oil wells in North Dakota to see his twin daughters, now 14. “Spur of the moment, I just jumped on the train. Didn’t even have bags,” Wolf says. He now repairs small engines in Williston, N.D., and plans to visit his girls more often. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service
  • Brian Waltman of Alaska, who has been working in North Dakota since October 2012, holds baby pictures of his daughters, now ages 14 and 13. “It’s kind of hard and they don’t understand too much,” Waltman says of being away from his daughters. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service
  • Ron Jones of Hurricane, Utah, a truck driver in Stanley, N.D., has worked around the country to support his four children, now adults. His youngest, 21, has special needs and lives at home. “I’m out here making money," Jones said. "My wife’s taking care of him.” His daughter made him a family photo album he keeps in his truck. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service
  • John Scaife moved from St. Louis Park, Minn., to North Dakota, where he has a job pouring concrete foundations. Scaife's daughter, Seyi, 7, lives in New York and his job in North Dakota allows him to help pay for her private Christian school tuition. "Some days I’ll be down and I’ll look at that picture with that diploma,” Scaife says. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service
  • David Korte of Anchorage, Alaska, does commercial construction work in Williston, N.D. He lives away from three adult children and a 16-year-old daughter, Lilly, pictured, who has Asperger syndrome. “She’s very unique in a lot of ways. I miss her more than anything,” Korte says. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service
  • Dave Harris of Lyle, Wash., holds a photo of his 17-year-old daughter, who lives in Washington while Harris is in Williston, N.D., doing excavation work. “I’m hoping to be able to go home this summer at least once, especially around her birthday," Harris says. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service