Thursday, August 29, 2013

4 our Dad

This month, our dad celebrated his birthday!  It's a gift to be given each and every year, and we thank God for all 85 of dad's (and counting!) 

When I think about our dad, I see a shy, intelligent, artistic, perfectionist, athletic, honest man.  I'm sure all of us in the family have some of those traits of his. :)  Best of all, his family has always been extremely important to him.  For that, we are so fortunate.  

Dad's occupation was as a structural draftsman.  Occasionally, he did mechanical and architectural drafting as well.  He began at 16 years old, making 50 cents/hour.  Wow!  Throughout his career, the projects he worked on varied. They included many mid-rise buildings on Central Avenue in Phoenix, both the structural and architectural drawings of the Arizona State University Music building, and a hotel complex for Disney World.  He also created a book of typical details they used for structural drawings; in fact they are still using those details today!  

Throughout his life, he has always enjoyed drawing and painting.  His work is beautiful.  The amount of detail in each picture is astounding.  His ability to capture the person and personality in his portraits is amazing.  He has a phenomenal gift.  I could go on and on! :)  
He has also drawn a couple of praying hands pictures.  He drew these by looking at his own hands!  The small hands are his great granddaughters.  We sell prints of these beautiful charcoal drawings in our shop.

Just over 2 years ago, dad was diagnosed with cancer.  It was especially shocking to us because he's always been such an incredibly healthy man.  It was so difficult to see him in so much pain.  He wasn't even able to lie down in bed and would sleep sitting in a chair.  We worried about him (and mom) continually.  The good news is that it's been almost 2-1/2 years.  He still has good days and bad days, but he's doing better.  The doctor said he believes having his portrait drawings (that he has continued to do), in addition to the support of his family, has helped him immensely.  He has a true gift! 
 It's been a tough couple of years, but he's a tough guy! 
We love you dad!  Donna (& all)


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