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S: Donald G. Peasley


FC: Donald George Peasley September 1, 1931

1: Happy Birthday! We are so happy we can celebrate with you 80 years of a wonderful life. This book is just a few of the many special memories we have with you. Thank you for being the wonderful man that we all love and adore. Your family September 1, 2011

2: 10 years 1941 | 3 months 1931

3: 16 years 1947

4: 21 years 1952

5: 30 years 1961

6: Home Sweet Home

9: Travels

10: Celebrating Marriage

11: Oxnard, California

13: To My Beloved Peas, How can I ever put into words what the last 56 years have meant to me? Many cards say it much better but the words are truly true... words like "You are the wind beneath my wings," "You are my soft place to fall," "You light up my life," "You are and always have been my hero, my white knight, the love of my life." To this day, I feel that special glow when I see you enter a room; the huge gales of laughter that we have during "pillow talk," the secret jokes, the many times we laugh at ourselves and each other. They are all the special moments that have made up our life and God willing, will continue to do so. First, we were blessed with each other, then we were blessed with our great kids (the greatest actually), and now we are blessed in our senior and twilight years to "sort of" drift through our remaining years with whirlwind moments and very soft moments. We both know that regardless of what kind of moments they are, they are only meaningful because we have them together. And together it will be, my love. Deepest love, San

15: September 1, 2011 Dear Pops, As you are a man of few words, it seems appropriate that my birthday letter to you should be a couple of sentences but there is no way I could begin to tell you what I want to in that short of a space. As you look back on 80 years, I hope you are satisfied that you have lived a life to be proud of. In your own humble way, you have influenced the four of us, people at your work and several outside organizations tremendously. You have never lead by any means other than “follow my example” which is much more powerful than “do what I say, not what I do.” Your example of a loyal family man, strong Christian, servant and “always putting the interest of others ahead of your own” are characteristics that have provided the foundation of who I am today. As I receive accolades at work or in my personal life, they can always be traced back to characteristics I learned from you. One of the strongest testaments to my respect and love for you is the fact that I married a man that is so much like you. I love looking at pictures of the two of us when I was very young because you were truly a gentle giant. From my very youngest days all the way through today, you have always been behind me – supporting me and encouraging me in whatever I was doing. You are such a strong and constant rock for me and I know that you are there to back me up, which gives me the confidence to step out in new directions. I don’t even need to hear words from you all I need to do is look into your face and see the loving and approving look that I’ve seen for so many years to know that my world is good. You have never been an extravagant or complex person and as I am looking to enter a new phase in my life, I find that I am yearning to spend time on the simpler things in life that I’ve shared with you – a cold beer on a hot day, sitting together at a ballgame, relaxing over a good meal. The important things aren’t the fancy, expensive or showy times but instead, the ones that make someone’s life better and let you slow down enough to appreciate your blessings. In closing, Dad, one of the things that has made me the happiest over the past 50 years is hearing you say “I’m proud of you.” Well ... I’ll turn that around today and tell you that I could not have been prouder, or loved anyone more, than you! All my love, Daught

17: Happy Birthday Dad, Thank you for the love and leadership you have shown and continue to show to me and my sisters. Out of all the people I have met in my lifetime, I have never met anyone that comes close to you and your unselfish ways. Thank you for giving us your best at all times and keeping us as a priority. So often in the Bible, it mentions family and loyalty. The advice is to build your family on a steady foundation. You have done this to perfection and represent a rock to all of us that is built to withstand the storms and turbulence that life throws at us all. As a parent, I am so grateful to have you to fall back on as a great example of how to not only live your life but to care, protect, and love your family. One of my clearest memories of you is growing up going to church and watching your every move (when I was not resting my eyes). When you returned from communion, you silently put your hand on your nose and forehead and prayed. I always wondered what you said and imagined it to be deep and profound. On this great day, we celebrate a great man! Love, your son, Mark

19: Dad, Happy Birthday! What a special time to celebrate you, Pops. A wonderful man and a wonderful life! Thank you for pouring into our lives love, discipline, integrity, faithfulness, and most importantly, pointing us to Christ. You embody both strength and tenderness. You have led our family well and we always knew we could count on you to provide and protect. At the same time, your tenderness to us at just the right time was much needed and appreciated. One of the greatest memories from early in my life to the present is how often you told me how much you love me and how proud you were of me. When a daughter hears that all of her life, that message changes a life. You have made a difference! Although you often told me to “go in the closet and write you a letter,” I knew that it was because you loved me and wanted me to develop better writing skills . Some of the memories I cherish the most are... ~Going out for ice cream after ballet class and it was our little secret. ~Teaching me to drive at the beach (& giving a hitchhiker a false sense of hope). ~Weekend visits at SDSU and our non-stop junk food diet. ~Drive-in movies in a Gran Torino. ~Annual tax refund dinners at special restaurants. I love you, Pops, and I want to thank you for giving me a wonderful life. You are a gift from God. Rinno

21: Dear Dad: I have so many fond memories growing up as a child and moving into adulthood that are attributed to your guidance, love, support, prayers and at times, spankings (of course, they were all well-earned)! The word ‘hero’ comes to mind because you were consistently a positive role model for all of us in every aspect of our lives; most importantly, developing a relationship with Jesus. Thank you for teaching me to respect all people, no matter their job title or nationality. Thank you for teaching me to care for things so they can take care of me: a home, a car, money for a rainy day and the value of education. Thank you for always holding firmly to your faith in God, when at times, it was challenging, however, you had a wife and four children who were relying on you. My favorite memory of just you and I – when you took the time, every night, to teach me the Lord’s prayer in first grade. The task seemed truly overwhelming to me, however, you broke it down so I could understand the meaning (even at that age) and was able to commit the prayer to memory (and in my heart). I can only imagine how amazing heaven will be because I believe God has provided me a taste on earth by gracing me with you as my dad. Love you forever, Viki

23: Don, May this be a wonderful year for you, a time when all things that really matter to you are yours. You are a very special person, and you deserve a year filled with many happy things - sure glad it's you turning 80--!! ha Love, Laurie

24: Dear Don, Happy 'four score' birthday, which you've reached with amazing grace and style. Thank you for your wise manly example as a loving husband & father, and for your kind and generous spirit, I have so often enjoyed. As your son 'by law,' I benefit from your invested honor and loyalty everyday in my wife. A wise man said, "Values are more caught than taught" and your kids have 'caught' the best from Don Peasley. Thank you, Dad. Your TN Hillbilly Son , - Dennis Kiser | Don, Happy 80th Birthday!! One would never know you were approaching that fine age based on your looks and actions. You are in the best shape for an 80 year old that I have been around. In addition, when I think of a gentleman and all-around good guy, you come to mind. Keep having fun and enjoying life! -Tom Hays

25: When I got to know you, Don, I quickly realized how many positive characteristics you embody. You are the quintessential “good person.” Hard-working, patient, deeply religious and truly caring about others are only a few of the attributes you exhibit daily. I don’t think you know how rare this combination is. I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing these traits in several ways – both personally and through your obvious success in raising four outstanding children who clearly reflect your influence as a parent and a role model. It is clear from my own observations and the Peasley family anecdotes just how important you have been in helping to shape a family that you can be more than proud of. Having been married to your “favorite” daughter for many years, all I can say is “thank you” for your very positive impact on my life every day. Your “favorite” son-in-law, Jim Anderson

26: Grandpa, Where do I begin? Happy birthday to you! Your life thus far amazes me with all of your accomplishments, including but not limited to raising 4 outstanding children that I am blessed to call my dad and my aunts. From your service in the navy to the fathering of a family, your success is infinite. What may be more inspiring is imagining what is yet to come! I thank you for portraying what a father, a gentleman, and a grandpa looks like so that one day I can follow in your footsteps. I hope you have a wondrous year filled with multiple visits from your favorite grandkid! Love always, Evan

27: Happy Birthday Grandpa! I love you so much! I want to start off by saying you and Grandma have been such an inspiration for me. Not only have you taught me to be driven and focused, but you also taught me that I can do anything I put my mind to. You are always in my heart and prayers and I hope you have a wonderful birthday. I love you so much. Love, Olivia

28: Don, Wish I could but I can't be there for your celebration. I know that most of us dislike birthdays but they seem to pop up regularly. Yours is special because of the closeness you have with me. May you have many more and may they always be as they have been, a thing of beauty for both of us. Good luck in the future and may it always be so. I love you! Pop

29: Virginia"Jerry" Rojas

30: Happy Birthday, Don! You are one of the best guys I know. Always a gentleman - polite, thoughtful, helpful, funny, interesting, full of living life. You are always a pleasure to spend time with. It is very evident that you have great clarity in evaluating information and offering insight/advice w/o prejudice. I have always had comfort in knowing your honesty and that you're looking out for the best interest of others. I am truly blessed that you have crossed my bow in life. I love you. Jaye **************************************************** Dearest Don, Happy 80th birthday! You are a special person and sweeter than honey. You add to everyone's lives who know you with your personality, interest and concern for all your family & friends - and I thank God for your relationships and influence in my life along with your precious wife, Sandee. As spring, summer, good weather, interesting things and special people; you add to all your contacts; and all your family and close friends love you and appreciate you. Much love & many hugs and prayers, Jayne

31: To Don on his 80th!!!! What can I say about “that Don”! Well, actually quite a lot. When I was a very little girl and he would baby sit my sister and me with Sandee, I had such an enormous crush on him that I believe I asked him to wait for me when I grew up as I wanted to marry him. He didn’t wait and I am grateful to that today because I adore his wife and 4 children immensely. I do still, however, have that crush on him. What is not to love about his contagious laugh, that huge grin and the big bear hugs. He is kind, generous and loving. I am so happy to be related even if it isn’t genetic! We have more fun in our future together. Happy 80th, you wonderful man, and many, many more. Love, Sue | Hi Don, I married into the Stanley family too. So I have an inkling what you’ve been through over these years. Trust me, you’ve got a grease slide into heaven when your number is called. Meanwhile whenever I think of you, Don, I think of the word SOLID. You are always a gentlemen, always gracious and anyone who calls you friend is a lucky person. By observing your wonderful children, you had to be a great father too. Good men are very hard to find and you are a good man. So here is wishing you a very happy 80th birthday. In closing I would like to say you don’t look anywhere close to 80! You’ve done a wonderful job managing yourself. To Your Good health! Tom

32: Dear Don: There is a rumor going around that you are about to reach the big eight-o. I knew that you were much younger than I am, because of the difficulty I had keeping up with you during our marches around Las Vegas. My short legs were a disadvantage, too, I suppose. Of course the highlight of the Vegas trip was our felonious bus trips. Particularly great was your sleight-of-hand with the fiver at the bus ticket machine. Fooled the cop for sure! The other trips we took with you to see the chorus girls in Palm Springs (you devil), the non-opium poppies in the desert, and the train-ride from Santa Barbara were great, too. Since my misbegotten youth was spent in San Francisco (before the “funny fellers”), I didn’t know there were any Peasleys in those days, so I can’t comment on your youthful indiscretions, if any. Mine were legion, I’d say. Lucy and I sure enjoy having you and Sandy as in-laws. Stan & Lucy

33: Pop's Favorite Sayings ~"Damn your hide" ~"Good thing your Mom isn't smoking in here" ~"Sure, Santa loves a dry cheese sandwich" ~"You sure got that right" ~"Go in the closet and write me a letter" ~"That's it, you're getting a spanking when we get home" (2 hours from home...agony) Pop's Favorite Snacks ~Peanut Butter ~Popcorn, especially with a movie ~Did we mention Peanut Butter? ~A beer (or two) ~Licorice Pop's Favorite Expression ~The Curled Tongue - run everyone...

34: Wishing you a very happy birthday and wonderful years ahead. Love you! Brandi

35: All things grow better with love.

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