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Stormtrooper New Reader
3/18/22 4:56 p.m.

(Apologies if this is not the place for this, I've had an account for years but rarely post)

My name is Ryan. My dad, Warren is better known around these parts as DeadSkunk.

GRM is like a big family so we wanted everyone to know that my dad is currently in the ICU fighting a staph infection in his bloodstream that is attacking tissue throughout his body.

He began experiencing hip pain last week and went to urgent care where they did an X-ray and determined he needs a new hip. Throughout the weekend his pain increased to the point where it was decided to take him to the ER.  Doctors determined he had a staph infection in his bloodstream that was sending out toxins that cause necrosis of the skin and muscle. As of this post, he has had 2 surgeries on his left forearm and right thigh to try to stop the spread of infection with another planned for Monday or Tuesday. The infection is also causing a number of other issues with his heart, lungs, etc. He is in a fight, you guys. He is making small progress thanks to the help of many doctors and specialists but he is still in critical condition.

If you're the praying type he could use a few right now, or any positive vibes you have.


Ryan Martin (son of DeadSkunk)

delayedpenalty@gmail.com for questions, well wishes, etc.


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eastpark HalfDork
3/18/22 4:58 p.m.

Wow, so sorry to hear this and thank you for reaching out to let us know. 

I know that everyone will be thinking of you and Warren. 

bgkast PowerDork
3/18/22 5:00 p.m.

Sending positive thoughts. Fight it off!

Snowdoggie (Forum Supporter)
Snowdoggie (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
3/18/22 5:02 p.m.

Sorry to hear that. We are all pulling for him!

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
3/18/22 5:02 p.m.

Yes, definitely sending positive wishes. 

BlueInGreen - Jon
BlueInGreen - Jon UltraDork
3/18/22 5:02 p.m.

Oh man that sucks sad 

Thanks for taking the time to let us know. Will be praying sad

Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
3/18/22 5:02 p.m.

Your dad is one of my favorite people. 

He is in my prayers. 


Yall need anything?

pres589 (djronnebaum)
pres589 (djronnebaum) UltimaDork
3/18/22 5:05 p.m.

That sounds really awful.  Hope he pulls through this!

Aspen HalfDork
3/18/22 5:11 p.m.

Best wishes for Warren to get well.  I will let WOSCA know.


AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
3/18/22 5:13 p.m.

In reply to Stormtrooper :

i've only met your dad a few times but like you said this is a family.  i'm in Canton, only a few miles down the road from you.  let me know if there's anything i can do for you.

z31maniac MegaDork
3/18/22 5:16 p.m.

Damn, sorry to hear that. Sending all the good vibes your way.

Indy - Guy
Indy - Guy PowerDork
3/18/22 5:17 p.m.

In reply to Stormtrooper :

So sorry to hear this news.  I meet you and your Dad at the Challenge and you both are really good guys.  I will add your Dad (and family) to my prayer list.  May God guide the doctors hands/minds and swiftly heal him.

eastsideTim PowerDork
3/18/22 5:24 p.m.

Sorry to hear about this, I hope all goes well with the surgery.

slefain PowerDork
3/18/22 5:38 p.m.

Man that's rough. Pulling for him down here in Atlanta.

Duke MegaDork
3/18/22 5:39 p.m.

Wow, we really appreciate you taking the time to let us know.  I wish the best of luck and medical science for your dad.


Mr_Asa PowerDork
3/18/22 5:53 p.m.

Staph infections are rough.  Best wishes for your dad and the rest of your family.

rob_lewis UberDork
3/18/22 5:57 p.m.

Sorry to hear it, sending good vibes towards a good man to get through this.


11GTCS Dork
3/18/22 6:07 p.m.

In reply to Stormtrooper :

Ryan, thanks for posting.  We’ll be praying for your Dad and your whole family.  Please keep,us updated as you can, I’m hoping for better news soon.  

stuart in mn
stuart in mn MegaDork
3/18/22 6:39 p.m.

A few years ago I spent time in the hospital with a staph infection - I know it can be a tough fight.  I hope he recovers soon.

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
3/18/22 6:58 p.m.

Oh boy!  Warren is a great guy and a true OG.  One of my favorite people!!!  

Warren appropriate... 

jfryjfry SuperDork
3/18/22 7:03 p.m.

Ryan -

is there anything you guys need right now??


praying for your dad, yourself and your family

wheelsmithy (Joe-with-an-L)
wheelsmithy (Joe-with-an-L) PowerDork
3/18/22 7:16 p.m.

Love and Positive Vibes to Your Dad.

3/18/22 7:29 p.m.


Really sorry to hear this news. Warren ( and yourself) have been to the shop a couple of times and I kind of count on you guys to be the "Canadian" team at the challenge. Will be thinking of you guys.



grafmiata UltraDork
3/18/22 8:03 p.m.

Ryan, I saw this earlier on Warren's Facebook page.  I knew he had developed a hip issue, but this was not expected.  I've met you and your dad a couple times at the track, and you are both great people.  Warren, you, and all of your family are in my thoughts for a fast, full recovery.

Billy_Bottle_Caps SuperDork
3/18/22 8:26 p.m.

Praying for your dad! Thanks for letting us know 

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