My dad passed away 4 years ago on November 30th. I am so grateful for the life he led and for the example he was. This is the poem I read at his funeral. Also, I love this picture, I think I was 4 or 5 and it is from a day we went fishing while we were visiting family in Texas. It made me proud when people would say I'm just like you,
I've got your round face, big cheeks, & manly legs; yes, it's true!
You and I would always eat the fastest as we sat down each night for dinner,
Everyone else took after mom, maybe that's why they are a bit thinner.
Sometime our stubborn ways meant you and I did not always get along
If I was right and you were right, who would admit they were wrong?
We enjoyed playing pranks, like waiting for Steven after a church dance,
We nailed him with the hose and water ran down his pants.
Even though we are alike, and that means the world to me,
I still have a lot to learn because you're all I aspire to be.
I am grateful for your character and all the fun we've had,
Having you here when times were tough made it all not seem so bad.
You had so many good friends whose lives you deeply touched
That special way about you, everyone loved so much.
As a father you counseled, guided, and lead with all your might,
Teaching us to seek for truth and strive to choose the right.
You were one with great courage, you had faith in Heavenly Father's plan,
And though it's hard to see you go, you've left the mark of a valiant man.
You see, I miss you so much, but I am doing my best not to be sad,
Instead I will strive to live up to the phrase: "You remind me of your Dad!"