Dad’s weight-loss surprise brings son to tears in airport reunion

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BOISE, Idaho (PIX11) – It had been two years since this young Idaho man saw his father, and when he finally met him in the airport the sight brought tears to his eyes.


Duane decided he was going to secretly lose weight after his son went to Brazil on a mission for two years. The results left his son, Ty, in tears when he got back.

Ty Higley was meeting his dad, Duane Higley, at the Boise Airport after completing a mission in Brazil for his church.  Because of the nature of the trip, Ty had limited contact with his father, making it possible for Duane to keep his weight loss a secret.

Dad before

Using workout videos that his son had given him, Duane managed to secretly lose 140 pounds. (KTVB)

“He wrote us after Christmas, you know because we can Skype twice a year and at Christmas he said in his letter, ‘Man you guys must’ve been really cold because you were really bundled up,’ because I had a bunch of sweatshirts on and Will was sitting on my lap so he coudn’t tell,” Duane told KTVB.  ” And then Mother’s Day we told him I was at a meeting when really I was there, I just didn’t get in front of the camera because we didn’t want to spoil it two weeks before he got home.”

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Dad after

The emotional moment when Ty saw his father’s transformation after two years in Brazil. (KTVB)

When Ty finally saw his father, it left him speechless and brought tears to his eyes.

Father and son say they are continuing the workout regimen together, and have plans for a half marathon over the summer.

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