In the spirit of Father's Day, we're partnering with @DoveMenCare to share another story of a father figure who's been #ThereToCare. That person for Devon has been his late Grandpa Joe. "My grandpa died at the age of 100 earlier this year. I've been pondering his long life, and today I'm especially grateful for his example of love, kindness, and service.
I feel privileged to have grown up near him. My adolescence is full of memories of going on hikes with him after Sunday dinner, playing ping pong with him after school, and sitting with him to hear stories from his very full life.
My grandpa was the postmaster of my hometown. He knew many people in town and was loved by many. He served in his church as well as Kiwanis, and was even part of a local vocal group called the Singing K's. He was also active in the Boy Scouts, volunteering in it decades after his own sons became men. Before I was even born he retired and served an LDS mission with my grandma. He had 41 grandchildren and more than 80 great-grandchildren. He spent his impactful life in the service of his family and all those around him.
In addition to being full of advice and stories, he was a skilled and empathetic listener. When I came out, I knew he couldn't fully understand my reasons for doing so, yet he listened to me and showed me complete unconditional love. You'd be hard-pressed to find a kinder, more compassionate man. I love him and miss him."