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    a memorial and tribute to my Dad

    Some of you know I recently lost my Dad on Oct. 22.
    Dad had a short, 2 year bout with cancer. His last days were hard to watch,
    but I am thankful he never saw the inside of a nursing home.
    That was a promise I made him years ago and God gave me the ability
    to keep it.

    Dad was the son of an adopted Navajo orphan, and was born in 1944.
    He spent his entire life here in Central Texas, and dropped out of school
    at the age of 17.
    He was self supported from that point on.
    Dad was a very good mechanic and worked at a local garage here in town
    at age 17 and later went to work for BNSF railroad after he got his GED
    in his late 20's.
    He later went to work for the city of Teague and ran the water dept there
    after getting his water licence from TNRCC.

    Dad was an avid hunter and a keen tracker.
    His favorite was hunting whitetail deer and squirrel.
    To my knowledge, he killed his first deer with a 22magnum (a marlin lever-matic)
    in the mid 1960's.
    There was not many deer here in Freestone county until that time.
    He later bought a Remington 700 in 270.

    Dad, and a group of his very good friends later got a deer lease near Centerville, Texas
    in 1975, where I killed my first deer in 1977.

    I have many fond memories of deer camp there, and other leases we had.
    We hunted with that group until the mid 1990's...basically until several
    passed away.

    Dad left me some fine rifles and i hunted with one of them this year.
    My daughter and i both too nice bucks with it.

    Dad was a great man and a giant to me.
    Far as i know he had no enemies and was well liked his whole life.
    He was more than my Dad, he was my best friend.
    If he told you something, he knew it was right.
    If he told you he'd be there at daylight, he was there.
    If he told you he thought you was lying...he knew you was.
    If he gave you advice, you needed to listen.
    If you heard him shoot, there was going to be something down.

    I miss him greatly and knowing he's not on the other side of the bottom
    from me when I'm hunting is tough on me.
    I miss seeing his headlamp coming through the trees at dark.
    But I know he's in a better place and most of all he's no longer
    in pain.

    Men like him are becoming a thing of the past...and I wish every kid
    had someone like Dad to look up to. Because I know if they did, the world
    would be a better place.


    I'll post some pics now, and talk about them briefly.
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    Thank you for sharing your father with us. You were very lucky to have such a great influence in your life. It’s nice to see that you are passing that same gift on to your daughter. That’s something no one will ever be able to take from you. I’m sure he was very proud of the man you became.

    Best regards,

    Ken
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    Thanks for sharing. I'm sure your Father was as proud of you as you were of him.

    In the end, all we have are our memories. Treasure those good ones.
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    It is hard to loose your Dad, I lost mine in 86 & still miss him. As long as you remember him he is still with you!!!
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    thanks,
    i'm having trouble logging on with my phone....
    but ill get it done.
    i got lots of pics i want to share, of his rifles and hunts.
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    A few photos...

    the pic of dad in a sling-
    he ha a torn ligament in his arm, and couldn't shoot right handed.
    so he taught himself to shoot left handed, and killed that buck opening
    morning.
    tha last pic is me with my first buck... at deer camp near Centerville, Texas
    1977.
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    More pics

    the 2nd pic is deer camp in Centerville...
    several of them guys are gone now.
    one of the little boys is me.
    Last edited by navajo; 12-02-2019 at 02:55 PM.
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    Your post in itself is a great tribute to your Dad. He must have been proud of you too.
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    We’ve been hanging racks in the barn for quite a few years
    Some are his some are mine
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