S: This is your life
FC: DANA JAMES, 50 FABULOUS YEARS
1: WOW, and 50 more to go. Have a great 2nd half!! Love you, Unk Rex & Pat | Wow!! Do you realize that we've spent half of your life together?! Yes, I said half of your life, I am much younger! Happy Birthday old man! Your loving wife. | Happy Birthday Dana! Doug and Lila Halbert | Hope your Birthday was great. And if we don't see each other before, see you in the Milleninum. jj | Count your life by smiles, not tears. Count your age by friends, not years. | So, you're now half a century old! Happy Birthday, old man! You've been a great brother-in-law. Love, Marvin, Linda and kids | To Dana... July, 2010 | "Hey Big Brother, Hope the next 50 are as good as the first! I'm glad you got there first!!! Love ya, Tracy"
3: Ten little fingers & ten tiny toes...
4: Welcome Little One On July 12, 1960 There was a beautiful baby who was welcomed into the world by two loving parents, and their family and friends... | January 1, 1961
6: Enjoying time with Dad | Aunt Hildred & Ralph | August 12-Aunt Donna (Torchy) | Bath-time with Mom | Jan. 1961-Grandpa Cox | 1960
7: In the newborn nursery at Good Samaritan Hospital--No Mr. James(Jimmie)--Your son's head will not always be pointed --it will gradually round out!! | 1960 | Grandma & Grandpa Cox | Henry & Emily Ohlinger | Wiigy-Great Grandpa Wiig
8: When he was born my mom, Grandma Cox, had found some postcards that said: "They said my grandchild looked like me, and then they turned him right side up." She mailed them out to all of her friends, announcing his birth. She also sent one to me at the hospital (I was in for 4 days) & when the head nurse saw it she had to take it all over to show it to everyone. Dana was the first baby we had had in our family for over 10 years so he was everyone’s baby. Aunt "Torchey" & Uncle Ralph babysat one time just when he was learning to talk. Ralph was trying to teach him to say "go to hell!" Torchey told him not to do that, he might stand up on the bench in church & yell that to the Bishop. Aunt Torchey also gave him a pair of red pointy toed cowboy boots. Ralph asked her why she got him those ass-kickin’ boots. She had tiny levis made for him and Dana & me matching red bandana cowboy shirts. Dana was probably 8 months old. Aunt Hildred worked for DyDee service in San Diego so her gift to him was a year’s diaper service. Working that was a blessing for me & we kept it clear through Keith. Great Grandpa Wiig was living with Grandma & Grandpa Cox. Great grandma Wiig died when Dana was 1 month old, so she never saw him. Ggpa Wiig had parkinson’s disease & had to be helped to walk. He spent his days in a reclining chair. When we would go to visit after Dana was about 18 months he would head for "Wiigy" & crawl up on the side of the chair to give him a kiss. Mama had a little brother who died when he was 4. Ggpa Wiig would always comment on "what a fine boy" he is. And Dana was a chunk. He stood when he was 9 months old & people always told us not to let him stand, he was so chunky, he would be bowlegged. Don’t think it hurt him. He walked before he crawled. On his 1st birthday we were taking home movies of him with big old lights on a bar. He reached up & grabbed the hot light & really blistered his hand. Daddy & Grandpa Cox, Dana called him Cocky, liked to play ping pong on the back porch. So they would close the curtains on the sliding doors & go out to play. It wouldn’t be long until Dana would be under the curtain wanting to be out under their feet. "Cocky" also spent a lot of time playing baseball with him. Dana’s 1st babysitter (while I worked) was Irma Harris. Dad would take him to Irma’s house on his way to Phoenix College in the morning. Grandma Cox & I would pick him up in the afternoon. About 6 months later Irma was no longer able to take care of him & we were fortunate to find Alene Russell who lived on our side of town. She had quit working to be home with her kids. At the same time Jim transferred to ASU, so it was all more convenient. Aunt Alene took care of the kids until Keith was about 18 months. Dana called her Mama before he called me Mama, but I understood because her own kids were calling her that so why wouldn’t he. After Nene went back to work we put the kids into Little Sunbeam School, run by a couple of good sisters who were staunch Nazarene. They were strict, I’m sure the kids benefitted. By the time of Dana’s 2nd birthday he already had a baby Sister. And after that another brother X5. So it is hard to remember who did what. When Tracy was about 18 months old I had been sewing in the living room. I went to the back of the house & heard a yell. Tracy had put her finger under the sewing foot & Dana stepped on the treadle & the needle went thru her finger, nail & all. She didn’t try to move, and didn’t cry as I turned the wheel to free her finger. His first home belonged to Papa & Grandma James, 1513 E. Roosevelt. In 1966 we moved to 1826 E. Hubbell. In 1978 we moved to 2241 N. 37th Place, all in Phoenix, AZ. After that he is yours. | Love Mom
9: He went to kindergarten at Garfield School. Then the next 8 years, graduating from Wm. T. Machan School. During this time he was a Cub Scout, with Frances Jones as his Den Mother. Dana played baseball from 1968-1970 in the Creighton Baseball League. Elmer Davis was his coach & taught the boys so much good sportsman. One year the team didn’t win 1 game, but those little guys would go out on the field every night they played like they were the Champs! Thanks to Elmer. In 1970 Dana made the All-Star team. He also became a Boy Scout with Troop 33, in Phoenix First Ward. His best buddy was Darrell Birtcher. Then when the wards were realigned, he was in Troop 242 in the Phoenix 7th Ward. Here there were a good group of guys, Darrell, David Gardner, Tom Russon, Randy Marion, Ben Wheeler are the ones that come to mind. When Dana was 14 he started working during the summer at Camp Geronimo at the Commissary, his Dad was the Director. In 1975 Dana & his Dad went to the World Jamboree in Norway. They had home visit in Finland & traveled in Sweden & Denmark too. While he was in Norway he was presented his Eagle Scout Award. We redid this presentation after he got home at the Heard Scout Pueblo, so his Mama could be there to get her Eagle Mother’s rose & kiss. David Gardner received his Eagle at the same time. He went to Camelback High School, graduating in 1978. During this time he started to recognize that there were girls. He went to the Phoenix Cotillion dinner/dance with Suzie Brown, which was pretty fancy for us folks. Her father & grandfather were both Doctors. In fact, Suzie’s grandfather was the OB that told me I was pregnant when Dana was a "light". Earlier a Dr. Migray who was our company Dr. had checked me & thought I had a tumor. The rabbit test was negative. He later joked when he came into the office that the "tumor had ears". He took classes at Fenix Kollege. Once he wanted to become an EMT or in Law Enforcement. In 1979-81 he served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Chili, Vina del Mar mission. He was a paper boy for the Arizona Republic newspaper. During high school he worked for Ned Johnson, a former mission companion of Dad’s. He would go to work at nights after restaurants closed down & clean their stove hoods & flue’s. A really dirty job. Sometimes he & another fellow would drive to Prescott & Flagstaff to clean at such places as Jack in the Box & Sizzler. He was always a good worker and asked for little from us. Maybe because he knew we didn’t have much. He worked at Western Savings with Wendell Gardner & Lily Fullmer before he left on his mission, & fortunately the guy who took his place left just before he came home, so he got his job back. I am foggy about where & when he went from there. When Dana got home from his mission, Monte was on a soccer team & Dana helped out as an assistant coach. He spent a lot of time working with Monte on his game. They were buddies. Dana as the oldest, set a good example for his younger siblings. But they mostly remember him as beating them up as soon as we left the house. When Tracy was 15, Dad & I took her & 3 of her friends for a hike down in the Grand Canyon. The other boys went to stay with their grandparents & we let Dana stay home alone. (I don’t remember why) When we got home he had cleaned the living room & the kitchen, including a thorough scrubbing & waxing of the kitchen floor. I was so stiff I just fell into the recliner & cried. Not sure if it was because I was so sore, or if it was the beautiful clean house.
10: Tracy, Brent and Dana June 1963 | 1960-Reading the paper with dad | 1966 | 1962
11: It's The Little Things In Life That Matter | May 1964 | March 1962 Dana & Tracy | 1964-Tracy, Mom, Dana, Brent (Keith in pouch)
12: March 1962 | May 1962-Cocky, Gagarn, Dana & Tracy | March 1962 Mom, Dad & me | June 1961-Dana & Cousin Sharon | (G&G Cox)
13: 1964-Grandma Cox & her roses | K | 1970-Koosharam UT | 1976-Camp Geronimo-Eagle Liberty | July 9, 1972- Dana ordained a Deacon
14: Summer, 1975---Eagle Scout Rank formally presented at the World Boy Scout Jamboree at Lillehammer, Norway by the Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America. | Dad & Dana | 1975 World Jamboree-?, Mike Manson, ?, Dana & Jimmie | Jim, Dana, Pirjo, Tina, Hanna-in front of Airiksamin's home | World Jamboree 1975
15: Eagle Scout Project--rebuild the BBQ pit at Boy Scout Camp Geronimo in use for 30 + years. | June 1985-Jay's Eagle Court of Honor | 1975
16: 1977-78--Seen around North Phoenix--a 1967 International Travelall--2 doors on one side--NO doors on the other side!!!Must be the tour bus version!!! | Please tell me you guys did not put Wyler's Orange in the BBQ roast?? AND an egg???? | No, Dana--I did not know you could get a 67 Travelall airborne! | Big Foot was reportedly seen flying through Payson in February in a Sand Rail at sub freezing temperatures!--Really only Dana in 10 layers of clothing headed to a Boy Scout Klondike Derby. | Tell me again why I have to come to North Mountain Park in the wee hours of the morning to tow this truck home??? And just what were you doing here at this time of day? | Tell me again where Jazz is??? Jazz obeyed Dana when he spoke Spanish to him | Love Dad
17: If she trusts you with her nice pick-up--marry her!!!! | The brakes were working before I got to the intersection, and yes, I know they appear to be ok now but really, they did not work when I got to that Stop sign!!! (again--only 15 mph!!) | You Make My Sun Shine | Summer 1977--Anxious comments at Camp Geronimo--Mr. James (Jimmie) is coming home from the Jamboree--do you think he will notice the rear quarter-panel on his prized truck is demolished?? Do you think Dana will survive after his Dad sees the damage?? | Honest Dad, I was only going 15 miles per hour!!! (a theme repeated by 5 brothers!)
18: 1969-70 | 1966-67 | 1968-69 | 1967-68 | 1971-72 | 1965-66 | 1972-73 | 1970
19: May, 1978---"Yes, Ms. Filkins we have a son named Dana Lee. Yes, Ms. Filkins, we have an International Scout. No, Ms. Filkins, I cannot explain why it was parked on the lawn by the auditorium at Camelback High School. Yes, Ms. Filkins, we want very much for our son to graduate next month, please. | So Many Books, So Little Time | 1977-78 | 1974-75 | 1975-76 | 1976-77 | 1973-74
20: Chili, Vina del Mar -August 1979-1981 | MTC
21: Monitor Huascar y Jardin Apostaero, Talcahuano | Valparaiso, Plaza Aduana, Ascensores Artilleria Valparaiso, Custom-House, Artillery Lift
22: We had these made by a recent convert We used these in a skit in front of the mission problem was they were a tiny bit see through. | P-Day Soccer Went to newly opened city to have big LDS missionary presence. | Time to eat! Bathroom is down the hall | As long as I get to ride: Ok!
23: Transfer time: Please don't go Elder James! | This is Elder James and Elder Carter. Looks like they are on their way to the "Cabritas" (Little goats). Basically a little dirt road with a few houses. | Don't let him go! Please! Please! Please!
24: Baptism Day Again! and Again!
25: Elder Dana James Looking strangely Chilean!
26: 1985 | 1985 | 1986
27: Mom and Bob's wedding reception-Dana and Sharon signing 'Endless Love'-1998 | 2003-Grand Canyon | 1990 | 2005
28: When we first met, it was because of a helping hand you did give. Later our path would cross again as you helped one of my friends, you were so willing to leave the dance and go to the hospital to give her Grandmother a blessing. As we were leaving the hospital we realized you must have gone a different way. We noticed you standing by the bedside of an elderly woman, one of whom you said looked lonely and was in need of a friend, so you decided to enter and talk awhile. There have been other times when you have gone out of your way to help another, even if it’s not convenient or when you have worked long hours and are very tired. You have stopped to help change a tire or to care for those who have been in an accident lending help and comforting those who are in need. You have given a helping hand to many, without ever expecting anything in return.
29: Today we celebrate being together for 25 years So long ago with joyful tears Our hearts were so full of love for one another There could be none other As we started our new life As husband and wife So anxious to walk side by side Through life’s unpredictable ride We’ve had our share of pain and sorrow But we always knew we had tomorrow And on our knees we would pray Looking forward to a brighter day I reflect upon the memories in my mind And of all the things that have entwined and joined us together as one Including all our blessings and our wonderful son Sometimes we take each other for granted But there is no one on this planet I would rather have as my eternal companion I reflect upon our journey in the canyon As we walked holding onto one another As we made our journey upward helping each other It’s a reminder to me That only one cannot be That it takes two to achieve And to ultimately receive The gift that is waiting for each one of us As we take each other by the hand and progress On the long road of life To obtain exultation as husband and wife Love is patient and kind, Love is never boastful or conceited, Love is never rude or selfish, Love does not take offence, nor is it resentful. Love is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope and to endure whatever comes. Love does not come to an end. May our love always see us through whatever comes our way. May we look back and treasure the wonderful times in our 25 years of being married to one another. May we remember the sorrows too, and learn and grow from them, and make us stronger in loving and cherishing one another. Bringing us closer as eternal companions Today we celebrate being together for 25 years So long ago with joyful tears Our hearts were so full of love for one another There could be none other As we started our new life As husband and wife So anxious to walk side by side Through life’s unpredictable ride We’ve had our share of pain and sorrow But we always knew we had tomorrow And on our knees we would pray Looking forward to a brighter day I reflect upon the memories in my mind And of all the things that have entwined and joined us together as one Including all our blessings and our wonderful son Sometimes we take each other for granted But there is no one on this planet I would rather have as my eternal companion I reflect upon our journey in the canyon As we walked holding onto one another As we made our journey upward helping each other It’s a reminder to me That only one cannot be That it takes two to achieve And to ultimately receive The gift that is waiting for each one of us As we take each other by the hand and progress On the long road of life To obtain exultation as husband and wife Love is patient and kind, Love is never boastful or conceited, Love is never rude or selfish, Love does not take offence, nor is it resentful. Love is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope and to endure whatever comes. Love does not come to an end. May our love always see us through whatever comes our way. May we look back and treasure the wonderful times in our 25 years of being married to one another. May we remember the sorrows too, and learn and grow from them, and make us stronger in loving and cherishing one another. Bringing us closer as eternal companions | Sharon James January 2010
30: "Families are like fudge ... mostly sweet with a few nuts." | Christmas 2000 | 02-03-1986 Jeremy's blessing day | 1998 | 2001 | December 1996
31: MAKING MEMORIES | Christmas 2001 | 1987 | May 2000 Jeremy's 8th grade graduation | 1987
32: Easter Pageant 1994 | Christmas 1998 | Jeremy's Eagle Court of Honor August 17, 2002 | 1987
33: 1989 | FAMILY
34: Summer 1986-Dad feeds me my first chocolate chip cookie | 1987-Jeremy's first birthday | 1990 | Summer 1989-cruising around Camp Geronimo
35: A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty. | 2005 | 1998-Jeremy ordained a Deacon | 1986-Just going to take a little nap with dad | Dad never minded helping out!
36: When asked why I wanted to obtain my Eagle, "I said because my dad and all his brothers did." Thanks dad for being a good example | Dad gave me an elephant when I received my Eagle-he said "how do you accomplish something 'one bite at a time'"
37: Dad and I had some great times together when I was able to ride along with him in his Shamrock truck and help him unload his merchandise. Once I threw a box on the dolly and the dolly hit me in the head and we both laughed about it | 1997-Shamrock ride along
38: The James Gang | January 1976 | January 1971 | January 1969
39: January 1979 | May 2008 | Christmas 1971
40: 1996-Jeremy receives his Webelos & Arrow of Light | 2005-Jeremy ordained an Elder | January 2007-Jeremy goes through temple-Dad, Jeremy, Dana, Monte, Mom, Sharon, Jennifer | October 6, 2000-Jay, Keith, Monte, Dana, Brent, Scott, Mom, Dad & Tracy
41: October 24, 1999-Dana ordained a High Priest | 1994 Jeremy's baptism day | Easter 1986 | 2002-Jeremy's Eagle Court of Honor | R. James' visiting J. James'. One of the few pictures with Grandma James and Dana! 1979. l to r. back: Robert, Brent, Barb, Jim, Keith, DANA, Tracy, Rex, Grandpa James. front: Steve, Jay, Monte, Scott, Ellen, Grandma James
42: The In-laws... Brownlows (Sharon's mom's side), Teeters (Sharon's dad's side), and Richards (Sharon's sisters family) | 1986 Granddad Brownlow | 1987 Grandparents Brownlow 60th anniversary | 1998, Mom and Bob Oberdank wedding | 1992, niece Stephanie Richards baptism | 80th birthday.
43: Christmas, 2001 Aunt Doris Smith, Granddad Brownlow, Mom (Teeter) & Bob Oberdank, Sharon, Dana, & Jeremy James, Linda & Marvin, Caleb, Brandon, & Stephanie Richards, Aunt Sylvia Teeter, Grandma Decker (Teeter), Kent & Del-Leda Richards | Also Sharon's Aunts, | 1986 Jeremy's blessing Day | 1990, nephew Kent Richards baptism. | Also Dad Carl Teeter, & Marvin's | uncles, & cousins. | grandmother, parents and sister.
44: More In-laws | Teeter and Richards families...cousin Bryan & Kathleen Higbee, Aunt Sylvia Teeter, Sharon, Dana, & Jeremy James, sister Linda & Marvin Richards, niece Stephanie, Jacob, & Katelyn Greer, nephews Caleb, Brandon, & Kent , Del-Leda, Kristina, & Arika Richards, dad Carl Teeter, Grandma Mary Decker (Teeter) | 1-2008...Grandma Decker graveside 2-1997...nephew Brandon Richards baptism 3-2000...cousin Kathleen Higbee's baptism.
45: Teeter side of the family | 1...1984 Christmas @ Deckers 2...1985 Dad wed to Helen 3...1987 Teeter family portrait 4...1997 nephew Brandon baptism | More Teeter family...Grandpa Lorenzo Decker, Step mom Pam & step sister Kelly Teeter, step mom Helen,Grandpa Smith Decker, & Richards cousins
46: 1993 | 1999 | 2001-chillin' @ the Richards | 1998, last Christmas with dad | Wild & crazy sister-in-law opening gifts! | 1985
47: Dear Santa, I can explain... | 2001 @ Richards home, Gilbert, AZ 4 generations: Jeremy; Sharon & Dana James; Darla Teeter; Grandparents Mary Decker & Otha Brownlow | 4 generations of Brownlows & Teeters | Dana reads to nephew Brandon
48: Each memory we keep with care means future happiness to share. | January 1987 Dana, Jeremy & Kirsten | 1987 Granddad & Grandma's 60th wedding anniversary- Dana holding Jeremy & Jay Brownlow | 1989-Dana, Jeremy holding Brandon Richards (BJ) | 1986 Jeremy's first Christmas
49: so many | Christmas 1986-Tracy, Kirsten & Dana | 1986-Dana & Grandma Cox holding Jeremy | January 1985-Dana and Lisa | Shawn & Emily's son, Hyrum - one sure way to get out of a ticket!! | Christmas 1990-Dana & Kalina
50: July 1989-Dana's seen here, practicing his 'Karate Kid' move.-Kirsten and Tracy don't seem impressed. | Summer 1986-Jeremy, Dana, Sharon & Scott, relaxing at the James family cabin-Camp Geronimo | 1987-Dana didn't mind being handcuffed to demonstrate- for the cub scouts- the proper procedure for the reading of your rights. | 1998-Dana is trying to impress the crowd with his 'donut balancing trick'!
51: 1998-Yes, I already knew that a big Ford pickup would not float. I'm just happy that you do.-Dad | 1995 White Tanks Mountains-Dana is getting ready for his back-flip into the Waterfall. | October 6, 2000 'See for yourself, I did brush my teeth' -Dad, Monte, Jade & Jennifer | Christmas 1990-Taking turns using Dana as a pinata
52: 1993 nephew Caleb Richards helps Dana wash the car! | Renaissance Festival Hatchet throw | 1987 horseshoes w/brother-in-law Marvin Richards | 1996-testing his driving skills | Brownlow Reunion 1988 | Make a wish!
53: 1995-ultralight takes flight | Look out below! | 1992 testing out the game from Santa w/Marvin & Kent Richards | friends
54: February 2 1986-Jeremy's blessing day-James 4 generation Jimmie holding Jeremy, Dana & Robert James | January 6, 2007-Jeremy receives endowments- James 3 generation | 1986-Dana, Grandma Cox holding Jeremy | Trip to UT to fish
55: 1990 - Family Reunion, Cascade, Idaho. Jim James family - Jim, Barb, Rosanne, Jay, Jackie, Scott, DANA, Sharon, Jeremy, Tracy and Kirsten. The cousins - Sharon, Dana, Rob, Ellen w/Jeremy, Steve, Tracy and Kirsten, Rosanne, Jay, Scott and Jackie. | 1994 - Dana always claimed he had a special wey with animals, Jay was skeptical. | 1998 Family Reunion | The monster from the deep lagoon?? | By age 38 WISDOM had come and was freely shared.
56: 1960 - This could explain a lot of things!! | 1965- The Jim James' come to Colorado. Tracy, Dana, Keith, Rob and Brent. | 1972- Grandma and grandpa James' 50th. All the James' guys. front: Keith, Jay, Brent, Rob, Dana, Stephen, Scott. rear: Rex, Jim, Monte, Jared, Robert W., Stephen Lee, grandpa James, Jack and Nathan | 1978 - Look I am taller than Dad! (that's not saying much) | 1977? - Aren't they cute?
57: 1978 - A great missed opportunity?? | 1979 - Dana came to visit, Sundance, Utah. Perfect Arizona skiing form!! | 1990 - Before wisdom there was mouth! | 1983 - Dana with everyone's favorite uncle, Russell Nicoll at grandma James' funeral. | 1982 - Always spiritual. | 1987 - At least Jeremy is right-side-up.
58: <--A very tight course next to the Hassayampa river,I want a rematch! | I tried 5 times to get a picture with Dana in the air off this jump. I should leave photography to Scott. | Finally found the mad hatter.--> | Happy Birthday Bro, from Monte, Jennifer, Jade, Carson & Reese
59: Spring of 1979 Approaching the first summer in many that we aren't going to Camp Geronimo. I get to sign up for Baseball since we will be in Phoenix. I remember being in the back yard practicing my throwing. You spent an afternoon with me catching and giving me tips on my pitching. Maybe it was only 15 minutes. It seemed like so much more. You gave me a bat. A real baseball bat! I could go to practice and games with my own bat. There was a flat spot on the grip that told me when my finger tip of my right ring-finger was on the flat spot, I was holding it correctly. I have memories from 1979 and earlier. Things from 1979 and earlier, I don't have many. But, the bat, this bat (yes, the same bat with a flat spot on the grip) I still have and cherish as much as the memory. I thank you and I love you. Scott
60: 2003-ward party/dance Sharon was on crutches so Dana was supporting her so they could dance | Ooh, sexy cowboy!! 1998 | June 30, 1996 Grandma Cox's graveside | 2003- Dana, Granddad Brownlow, Sharon & Jeremy
61: Dana, welcome to the family! We've enjoyed having you as a brother-in-law and an uncle. Thanks for putting up with our crazy family and for taking care of my little sister and nephew. | Love, The Richards family... Linda, & Marvin, Kent, Kristina, & Arika, Stephanie & Jacob, Katelyn, Adam, Brandon, & Caleb
62: 1995 At grandpa Teeter's in Snowflake | Christmas2005, the Brownlow, Teeter, Richards and James families | 1995 Family gathering at great grandma Teeter's home in Mesa | Happy Birthday Dana, Wish we could be there with you for your birthday, but we will be thinking of you. Love you and we are so happy to have you in our family. Kathleen, Bryan, and Sylvia
63: Dana, Happy Birthday!! We can still remember that fateful Sunday when you brought Jeremy in to be blessed....and now look at how time flies. No one deserves such a tender gift like this book more than you. Lonny says he will always remember the fun you shared in teasing. So few can tease and truly enjoy the moments together any more. We will also long be grateful for your genuine and loving interest, concern and help with and for us and our family. Thanks for sharing your testimony, faith, and friendship with us. You are one who truly made a difference for good in our lives. | Our love alway, Lonny and Ida Carmichael
65: Logan was not even remotely interested in scouting. He was defiant and unwilling to listen to anyone who tried to help...then there was Dana. With his help, Logan quickly developed a desire to participate in all things scouting. Rich experiences with his scout master helped him grow. Here's Logan with his scoutmaster, Dana - Thanks, and all our love, Petra and Allen
66: One Sunday in 2006, a freak snow storm hit our desert town. Roads were closed, and church was canceled. Our roof began to creak under the weight of the snow it was not built to bear. Dana, a faithful home teacher, brought his family out of their warm home to help us clear the roof. It is so hard to express the gratitude we felt that day when this good family gave up their comforts to help ensure ours. | The Sacketts
69: A warm and wonderful hau 'oli la hanau - happy birthday from the Sacketts (in no particular order): Petra, Anna, Aubrey, Loren, Allen "Tres," Peter, Morgan, Logan, Caitlin, Emily, Loren, and Allen - the big Kahuna.
70: I still remember my amazement to find out I could be the Maid of Honor, but could not be there to witness the actual marriage. I am glad to have found you and your love is ever stronger! | What a wonderful celebration I had the privilege to witness and participate. Our friendship will last a lifetime my dearest friends Dana and Sharon! | Shelley, Veronica, Dana, Susan, Linda, Lisa | Doug, Veronica, Sharon, Dana, Martha & Dave Keeney
71: One of my favorite memories, is when you both helped me learn how to drive a stick shift car. I remember being on the corner of 3rd Avenue and Thomas, on the left hand turning lane- for 3 lights as I kept trying to coordinate using the gas and left foot to get into gear! I think we laughed so hard. Yet, you both were so patient with me. You never let me give up! Thanks for all the laughs!! I remember how we liked to go take trips up into the woods with Teeter’s truck. I have always loved the mountains. So much that I moved to Denver, CO in 1993. I look forward to more great times and sharing our families creating new memories. Dana - so glad you have always kept your Spanish speaking abilities! I wish you the best birthday ever! May your dreams manifest to unbelievable joy and love. Tu Amiga, Veronica J. Jiron
72: Happy Birthday, Dana!!! Wishing you a great 50th day! You've always been a great friend, even a brother to Don and me. Thank you! We hope you have another 50 years...ok maybe that's pushing it a bit but enjoy this time! We love you! The Binghams
73: Dana has always been like a surrogate parent to our little girls. I remember when we first met him. He was still driving for Matheson at the time and spending is 10 hours off in Rawlins. He would come to church on Sunday morning and sit about 2 rows behind where we sat. Dana has the most amazing Bass voice. We always loved listening to him sing. He would sit and make faces at Brielle and make her laugh. She fell in love with him immediately. Then we struck up our friendship, finding that we had so much in common and that we were truly kindred spirits who were destined to be friends from the beginning. | When Brielle was old enough to go to nursery, she always wanted Dana to take her. He would take her hand and walk her to nursery, give her a kiss, and then leave her with her teacher. When Maeghan came along, Dana was guilty of stealing her from me every Sunday after sacrament and carting her off to his classes with him. He would only bring her back if she was hungry or stinky. We had so much fun attending the Draper, Utah Temple Open House with him, Jeff Mendoza, Nater Tomater, and our family, and coming home with 500 pounds of food storage jammed into our Suburban with the 8 of us. Dana has been a great friend, no he's been no less than family to us and we'll love him as our family forever. Happy Birthday, Dana, we love you! | The Cooks
74: Road Trip: Salt Lake City December, 2009 | Between the sought over M&M's, someone breaking wind in the back, and Dana's speed demon driving, we laughed the whole way there! Despite the bitter cold of the December winds, we reveled in our personal tour of Temple Square. The Christmas lights made it even more magical! magical! | After our tropical Mayan dinner, Dana talked up one of the "locals."
75: The greatest joy of our trip together was the laughter...it followed us wherever we went! Whether we were marveling at the beauty of the temple, or watching divers during a Mayan dinner, giggles inevitably ensued! Wishing you a heartfelt Happy Birthday, Brother Get-Down! Love, Nate and Michelle Ostler