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A Family Forever...Whether You Like it or Not

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BC: Happy Abdication!

FC: A Family Forever... (Whether You Like it or Not)

1: To Dad With all our love and appreciation... This is not a goodbye, rather a hello to retirement.

2: When you get to retirement you switch bosses - from the one who hired you to the one who married you | To my Dear Husband and Soul Mate

3: Here we are at a new chapter in our lives. When we got married in 1964, retirement seemed a lifetime away. When did all the years slip by? From Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C., to BYU, to Orange County Medical Center, to Cortez, Colorado, and then back to BYU, and finally to the Tri Cities, Washington, where you started working at Kadlec Medical Center as the Lab Manager. During all these moves, we were enlarging our family to nine children - that alone makes me tired when I look back, but there are also many happy memories during those years. I'm appreciative and grateful for all the many hours and years that you worked to support us and our family. You never complained. You are a wonderful husband, father and provider. Thank you. Looking forward to the unknown is a bit intimidating. I hope that we can find ways to enrich our marriage and enjoy our "golden years." All my love, Darlene

4: Orem High Graduation 1961 | BYU Graduation Bachelor of Science Microbiology 1971

6: Graduation is not the end... it's only the beginning | You were wrong if you thought completing your Masters Degree was going to kill you...but completing your Masters Degree with 8 children might have done it.

7: BYU Graduation Masters Degree Laboratory Management 1981

8: Looking Back | Drafting in Denver 1961-1962 | United States Army 1964-1967

9: Utah Valley Hospital 1970 | BYU Grad School 1972

10: "Cherish your yesterdays, dream about tomorrow but live for today" | General Manager Tri-Cities Laboratory 1999-2011 | Kadlec Hospital 1981-1998

12: Looking back, it seems just yesterday – how time flies by and before you know it, you’re ME – in my mid-forties saying, “Remember when?” It’s hard to hold back the tears as I think back over the many years of your “schooling” and “work” as I “remember when” I remember when you were taking classes at BYU in Provo, UT and I was in 1st grade. Mom took us a couple of times to your “lab” and I remember the feeling of being in awe at the look of the microscopes and the mice in cages-that was the older building that I’m not sure even exists as part of the campus anymore. I remember when I was in 7th grade at Cortez Jr. High School in Colorado. I was so thrilled when it was science fair time and you helped me come up with growing and labeling “mold”. You took me to the older hospital off the highway and we got the petri dishes and some different supplies to grow and mold. To me, this was extremely exciting! Thanks to you, I places third and was awarded a white ribbon that year in the school science fair. I remember when I was in the 8th grade and the science fair came around again! This time you taught me all about blood typing. Man was this a great science fair exhibit. The kids were so impressed with the “real” test tubes of blood I was able to display – which is no longer allowed. I was able to learn I was O positive and was proud to explain my project and excited when I took second place and was awarded a red ribbon! I remember thinking to myself, “No one else here has the best display or examples.” It was because of your help! (and Mom’s creativity too!) I remember when I loved spending my free time candy striping at the hospital where you worked. Though I wasn’t in your section of the hospital, I was still at the same place you worked and to me that made me feel special. There was something about being in the hospital and helping people that I loved. I remember when my good friend and cheerleading buddy, Bernie Sanchez, was going to fight me after school one day in the 8th grade for wearing “waffle stompers” on the same day she did. Instead of meeting to fight her on the corner I walked across the fields and across the highway to the hospital. You let me hang out there and look at different things in the microscopes until it was time to go home.

13: I remember when the new hospital in Cortez was almost completed. You were excited for a new building! I remember when it was my night for a daddy daughter date. You took me on a tour of the nearly completed hospital and showed me the operating rooms and lab. I was in heaven! I remember when I took Suzanne along with me one day to the nursing home that was attached to the hospital. While you were working, we were playing the piano and singing – which must have been quite the sight. We then walked up and down the hall visiting patients. I was so sure Suzanne was as excited to be there as I was. It wasn’t until years later I found out how horrified she had been and how she hated me for that visit. You didn’t seem embarrassed at all that we were there though you could have been. I remember when we ventured off to Utah the summer of my 9th grade year so you could further your education and provide better for your family. You worked so hard. I remember once going with Mom to the lab at BYU so she could take a picture of you in your white lab coat. I don’t know to this day how you and Mom made it through those years, but I am thankful for that. The saddest part was leaving Orem to move to Washington – but that’s what happens in the real world! I remember when you worked at Kadlec Medical Center. I was a senior at Pasco High School and enrolled in Health Occupations. You were kind enough to allow my instructor, Mrs. Ryan, to bring the class in for a tour of the hospital’s lab. It was so nice of you to conduct that tour for my class. I remember when I was in need of a blood drawing and how every single time it took a number of sticks before they would give up – and I finally just got to the point I’d ask for my dad. You could always stick me just once. As I got older, I would explain upfront that, “Not to worry – you’ll have to stick me a couple of times, and use my right arm” and it almost always worked with the lab techs as long as I NEVER mentioned you were my dad! If that would come up they would look so nervous and even once, one of them was shaking. I remember when you left the hospital to work for TCL. I never thought I’d see the day when my dad wasn’t in the hospital. I kind of missed coming to visit you there – or having you come check on me in the ER or a room upstairs. I know this has been a great opportunity for you and the community! They have been lucky to have you. It’s hard to believe that the day has actually come that you will no longer be in that office at TCL, or in the basement lab, or in the hospital. Time really does fly by! The sad thing is – it makes me realize that if YOU are old enough to retire, then that means I’m MUCH older too! I wish you the best as you say goodbye to your past years and hello to the years of retirement. I am wishing you much health, relaxation, and time to yourself that you so deserve. Anyone that can live through (and still be sane) having 6 daughters, a wife, and all the women in the different wards as a member of the bishopric and all the women at work throughout the years of whining, complaining, crying, gossiping you truly deserve a grand prize of complete peace and a trophy of gold. Thanks for being a wonderful father and grandfather. Our family has been truly blessed over these years and we are excited to be part of your celebration! Happy Retirement! Much Love, Donna and Family Thanks for all that you have helped me with Grandpa! You have an awesome sense of humor, and a brilliant mind. Thank you for helping me with my school projects, from making cars with propellers, to walking me through math problems when I had been stressing about them so much. I also have very fond memories of being attacked by your crazy tickle-bee’s, something I will never forget. Love you! ~Steven~

14: Dad, Thanks for all you have done for me throughout the years. I look back and am amazed at how quickly the time has gone and all the memories that we have shared. Here are a few of the highlights that have touched my life and have helped build me into the husband and father that I am. Boy Scouts – What an adventure!!! Some of the early memories include Scout Camp and Veach’s Ranch in Colorado. Yes I do remember some of those moments. One thing I remember is how you ran a race against the older boys (13-14 that is) and smoked them. I have a lot of memories of spending time with you camping and hunting in Colorado and Utah. Thanks for the memories. Those are the types of things that I have tried as a father to share with my children. When I think of Boy Scouts I remember the time we spent together and the example you were by being an Eagle Scout. That was a driving force in why I wanted to be an Eagle Scout and why it is important that my boys also become Eagle Scouts.

15: Being a Worthy Priesthood Holder – You were always a great example to me as a worthy priesthood holder. I remember going with you to take sacrament to the Indian Reservation and also to collect fast offerings as a Deacon. That carried over to Teacher and Priest. You were a big part in helping to prepare me to serve a mission. Being a Father – Thanks for the love you show my mom. You have been a great example to me as a husband and father. I hope that I can do as well as you do in providing for my family. It’s the little things that you taught me that really matter. How to take care of a house – you know the things like how to set a toilet, install a garbage disposal, use hand tools etc. I don’t know if I could point to one specific incident, but rather it was the line upon line, precept upon precept that you taught me. The most important thing that you have done for me is sharing your testimony. I don’t mean you bore your testimony but rather shared your testimony with the way you live the gospel. Your example as you magnify your priesthood calling as a 70, Ward Missionary, Bishop, Gospel Doctrine teacher, Scout Master, Group Leader, and most importantly as Father. When I think about examples in my life and what I should do I always look to you. Even when you don’t know, I am always asking “What would my Dad do?’ Thanks Dad! This is not a good bye letter so don’t think that! We still have a lot more years and I hope my boys can get to know my dad the way I do. | Love you son, Richard and Family

16: A daughter may outgrow your lap, but she will never outgrow your heart.

17: I do believe that as hard as you have worked through the course of your lifetime..from inserting the liners in suitcases to running a laboratory..you are entitled to have these office hours! Enjoy being in control of where your time is spent and what it is spent on! As I sit and look back to how far I can remember, you are always there next to me. Each and every day you were there helping me grow up and making me the best I can be. You always give such good sound advice and I know that I can turn to you for guidance. It’s a good thing you are only retiring from your job and not from being a dad because it seems the older I get the more advice I need from you! I know I don’t say it enough but I hope you always know. I love you! Suzanne & Family

18: Memories | ~The many trips to the hospital for broken bones, stitches, & fishing hook extractions. ~“The Talk”. After a late bed check and finding an empty bed, you locked the window and waited up all night for me to come home. I will never forget my gut check when I knew I was caught. I had to walk through the front door only to find the both of you with steam coming out of your ears. | By the time you’re reading this I guess I can assume I’m a day late & you’re a dollar short for me to ask for a loan. They say timing is everything. Speaking of time, I’m sure you have been spending a lot of it these last few months scheduling all the vacations and trips that you have never had time for over the last 40 years. Somehow I think you will end up visiting all these places with mom in your matching blue snuggies sitting in your reclining chairs watching the travel channel. After 40 years of working hard to provide for your family you have earned some time to yourself. Unfortunately your retirement means Mom’s work load around the house just doubled. Life sure doesn’t seem fair. Now, having said all that, welcome to the golden years. You both have finally made it to Easy Street. Since a loan looks like it’s out of the question, would it be alright if I moved back home and live in the basement? On a serious note, I would like to spend some time reflecting back and express my gratitude to both you and mom.

19: ~Fathers blessing every year before school started. I always looked forward to that day. Now as a father, I look forward to giving those blessings to my children every year. ~The ride home from the “Station” after my “duck hunt”. Nothing spoken but a million words were said. ~The many scout camps and weekend outings. Your support and directing to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. ~The many wrestling matches with the crazy lady screaming for support of their son. “PIN HIM, PIN HIM, GET OFF YOUR BACK ROB”. ~The long last 10 miles of the drive to Ricks College as I counted down the miles till you dropped me off for my first year of college and my first time I left the nest. ~Both of your strong anchors and testimonies of the gospel and the atonement. ~Your love, understanding and support as I prepared to serve a mission. ~I still have a copy of the fathers blessing you gave me prior to leaving on my mission. I often read this along with my patriarchal blessing as they both have great words of advice and direction. ~Thank you for your financial support for my mission and college. The list of experience could go on for ever. I’m most grateful for the foundation you provide for me early in my life. The thing I am most thankful for is your unconditional love you have for all your children. Your love of the Savior and the example he set for all of us was always modeled in our home. Thank you for all that you both have done for me and my family. I love you both. Love, Robert and Family

20: He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.

21: Dad, I would like to thank you for everything that you have taught me, like you can't soar with eagles if you walk with turkeys. If you mess with the bull you will get the horn. You have also taught me if you drop a five dollar bill down the outhouse hole you better throw a twenty in to make it worth your embarrassment of getting it out. You also have taught me how to be man, a husband, and a father. You always made sure that the family had everything that we needed. When people ask me who I look up to or get inspiration from I tell them my father. Thank you for everything that you do. Congratulations on your retirement. I love you. Bryan

22: Dear Dad, I just want to thank you for all your love and support over all the years. I know that I can always go to you for love, laughter, understanding, and insight on all subjects. There are so many times when I thought there was no hope and you have always been there to pull me out of my slump and make it. I have been very blessed to have such a wonderful father. Thank you for all you do for me and my kids! I love you, Diane

27: “He never wins in the game of memory!” Kaylyn Sims

28: I Love You Dad

29: “Dad, I’m bored,” his 4 yr old said. “Go pee in a shoe and blame it on you.” He replied, as her mother let out a loud sigh. “Dad, can I have a dollar?” asked his 7 year old daughter. “Sure,” then followed by “go out in the street and holler.” “Dad tell me the story about the button,” Pleaded his little girl of 9. He chuckled and told the story for the 100th time. “Dad, the bathroom’s clean,” said his daughter at 13. He went to inspect and to this day has respect. Her dad got down to clean and to show her what that really means. “Dad, why can’t I stay out late?” His 16 year old daughter asked before her date. He shook his head and kept his cool and replied, “Because that’s the rule.” “Dad,” his 19 year old daughter cried as she sat right by his side. “We broke up, and now it is over,” as she cried on his shoulder. To this day she’ll never forget what he told her. “Dating’s like shopping, and shopping is fun, but you must try on everything before you are done.” The memory I carry the most with me is the day that I was married. I remember seeing the tears in your eyes and feeling your love spilling out from inside. I still feel like your little girl To me you’re the guy that holds the whole world. I’m so happy my kids have you in their life, a Grandpa to love them through laughter and strife. from Harry Potter to Memory Games, With anyone else, it wouldn’t be the same. Love, Annette and Family

30: Dad, I have so many things to thank you for: Thank you for loving our mother with all your heart Thank you for showing me how a marriage should be. Thank you for being a wonderful father to me, even it means you have to carry me into school and get me out of the girls bathroom. You have always been there when I have had my highest high and my lowest low. I know that I always have you to come to. Thank you for showing me how to be a better parent. To love my children even when there’s times I want to quit. I am so blessed to have you in my life and to have you as my father. I love you so much Angela

31: The greatest thing a father can do to his children, is love their mother | He didn’t tell me how to live: He lived and let me watch him do it. | The greatest gift I ever had came from God; I call him Dad | The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get. | My father gave me the greatest gift anyone can give another person, he believed in me. | My grandkids believe I’m the oldest thing in the world. And after two or three hours with them I believe it too. | One of the most powerful handclasps is that of a new grandbaby around the finger of a grandfather.

33: Dad, I don’t even know where to begin. You have been such an inspiration in my life and I can’t thank you enough for that. You have put so much of your time, energy and money into my education. Throughout my life you have taught me in the importance of education. I have so appreciated you and all of your long hours you have put in helping me with homework, papers, and projects. I value (even though at times I would get extremely frustrated) the time we have been able to spend doing homework together. You never knew that you would be getting another degree on top of your own Bachelors and Masters did ya? I am so grateful for your support and for pushing me to always better myself. I wouldn’t value my education like I do if it weren’t for you. I have appreciated all of your guidance through my life, even when it was something I didn’t want to hear. I especially am grateful for the rescue mission to Utah you did for me and being there through such a hard transition in my life. I am grateful for the example of what a worthy priesthood holder should be like and for being able to grow up in a home with a father who was worthy to give me a blessing at any given moment and for leading our family in righteousness. I love how knowledgeable you are about everything! You are the smartest man I know and I’m pretty sure that will never change. Thank you for all the support, financially, emotionally, spiritually, that you have given to me. I love being able to look back at all the milestones in my life—my blessing, baptism, high school graduation, CBC graduation, more college, going through the temple, and many more to come—and know that you were part of all of them. You have accomplished so much in your lifetime and I will always admire you for that. Congratulations on reaching the point of retirement and thanks for putting it off so long so you could help put me through school and help me survive. I love you, Dad! | Stephanie

34: 1965 | 1966 | 1967 | 1968 | 1969 | 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1975 | 1976 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1978

35: 1979 | 1983 | 1985 | 1987 | 1988 | 1990 | 1994 | 1995 | 1997 | 2008 | 2008 | 2009

37: It's The Little Things In Life That Matter | A family forever... whether you like it or not!

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