I Love my dad here are some thing’s I Love about him he’s kind sweet helps athers hasom funny reelaxst Play’s with me Smart thingks about me reed’s to me relaxs me here are some igzampels for kind he thingks about people when they are sad by Helping other People he meens if subudeey’s care broke down he would help them fix it here is my picher :) go dad I Love You Dad your the best
Alyssa Bierdeman, 7, Tumwater
My father is not just my father, he is my dad. Gratitude goes beyond the things he gives me. It is what he does and the trails we blaze together. My dad always devotes time (and gas money) to take me salmon, trout, or sea bass fishing. Since I was twelve I have been his hunting partner, and we go camping multiple times a year. He is open to discussing anything. I appreciate my dad’s honesty, and ability to give my negative thoughts a 180 degree spin. He has guided me in pursuit of good grades, as well as the confidence to be myself. My dad also knows what strings to pull to make me laugh like a hyena. I love him so much, and having anyone better would be impossible ... Thanks Daddy.
Maria Friedrich, 16, Olympia
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It kinda sucks having such a great dad. You can’t go anywhere without: “Hey, Mr. Millikan! You changed my life. I’d do anything for you!” It even happened in Hawaii one time! It sucks that he taught me to stick with the truth when I can zero in on it and admit my mistakes when I’m a little off. It sucks that he, along with Ma, will put anything on the line to support my and my sister’s endeavors. Having served with honors in a war he loathed, having educated so many students at THS in the importance of math and honesty, and having helped me build/remodel while doing charities on the side, the guy has set an example that I’m never gonna be able to top. So thanks a lot, you jerk! It would’ve been a lot easier for me, and all those ex-students, to just burrow our heads in the sand, strive for money instead of honor (and style!), hide from every moral conflict, and think only of ourselves, even as punks like Bush turn everything upside down! I coulda been a Limbot if it weren’t for you!!! So if anybody out there ever sees two Ford pickups passing in opposite directions, with the drivers ‘flipping the bird’ and smiling, that’s just me and pa saying we love each other! Peace.
Jackson Millikan, 32, Olympia
My name is Katie Jordan and I am writing about my new Daddy. His name is Jeremy Harris. He is my brand new step-dad. He always wants to play with me. I think that he is very cool. He has only been my Daddy for 8 months. He does not have any other kids. My Mom says he is just learning to be a good Dad. I think he is the very best Daddy. He comes to my ballet recitals and gives me bouquets of flowers. He always like all my new clothes. He thinks I am very cute. He gets up with me every morning and makes my breakfast. He always helps with my spelling words. He always helps me when I have trouble with my homework. He takes me out for dinner sometimes just him and me. He always makes time for me, even though he works very hard. He bought me a pretty Beta fish. He bought me a beautiful dress that I wear all the time. I think I am very, very lucky to have such a great Daddy. He loves me so much and when he is at work I miss him very much. He is very fun to be with.
Katie Jordan, 8, Tumwater
My daddy means love to me. He takes me swimming at my grandma’s when ever I want. He takes me to work with him and cooks for me. I think about my Daddy all the time, he is the best Daddy in the whole space. My wish for my Daddy on his special day is that he could get a new house and it would be a mancian because that is what he wants. Some times I call him “Poppy” because it makes me laugh.
Katerie Davis, 6, Olympia
What I like best about my father is: He plays golf with me, he lets me watch TV before I go to bed, he goes on long bike rides with me, he lets me get little treats sometimes with his own money, he usually sees advertisements for movies and he always takes me to those movies like “The Tale of Desperaux” and “Up.”
Anna Merrifield, 7
I’ve already lived over half of the eighteen years I’ll spend at home with my family, and have spent some good parts of it with my dad. There are many reasons I think my father is special and unique. The man of our house is funny! For example, at dinner he is always cracking jokes like, “Hey honey, your cat is shaped like an NFL football” (good thing my cat was out of the room), or impersonating people with accurate words and voices. Fairness is important to him. Come on ... all Dad wants is respect! When there is a problem he makes my sister and I talk through it. He has so many injuries with his back and neck, but he still can be so helpful with things that need to be done around the house. When he’s not working, me and my sister take advantage of that time and ask him to do fun things with us. He takes us hiking on the McLane Nature Trail and we look for creatures using our animal guide. We play on our play set in the backyard. I always hope he doesn’t break his leg when the front poles pop up off the ground with his anxiousness. Most special to me are my memories of the many Father-Daughter dances we attend. It’s one of the few times I have Dad to myself. My best man is proud of me and loves me, and for that I’m grateful.
Elena Dickinson, 10, Olympia
My father, Norman Couthran is the best Dad in the world, for which I am extremely grateful and blessed. He is at the age he should be enjoying his retirement. Instead, I have caused him so much worry which breaks my heart. He has been through so many health issues with me as I have a brain tumor. His strength, love and support during this time has been amazing. My Mom (who is the best Mom in the world, but this is a Father’s Day tribute) and I had to leave the state for my brain tumor surgery and Proton radiation. My Dad stayed home to take care of everything on the home front so my Mom could be with me in CA for 6 weeks of radiation. My Dad has always been the person I admire most. His integrity, work ethic, and love of his family make me the luckiest daughter in the world. With my brain tumor I am many times nauseous. My Dad often shows up at my house with a milkshake when he is in my town. If I have a household question such as “how do I fix a leak,” his answer is: “I am on my way.” He is the #1 best father to his children: Dana, Debbie, Bill and Mike. He is also the best Grandpa to Jess, T.J., Tyler, James, Cole, Melissa and Kevin. For that, all us kids are so very lucky and our love for our Dad/Grandpa is always and forever.
Debbie Fermon, 46, Yelm
When I was little I couldn’t imagine a better Dad. He was big, strong, funny and a protector to Mom, my brother and myself. I recall him making hash browns on Saturday mornings. All from scratch and perfectly crispy on the outside. We lived on Hicks Lake and had a blast swimming and competing in friendly water fights. My brother and Dad would get up for opening day of fishing season and be gone until they caught their limit. As I got older, became a mother and then single parent Dad played an important role with my daughter. Dad was active in her life, school and was always available for car repairs. He was human and imperfect as we all are yet still an exceptional father to me. Today is June 7th, the anniversary of his death in 1993. I miss him and am grateful for the time he was in my life. Rest In Peace. I love you Dad.
Sheri Ryan, 57, Olympia
My dad is special to me because when I am bored he plays with me, another thing is my dad can spell things backwards like, “I love the world so much.” My dad loves to play games with me. My dad got a new heart and now he can do more stuff. (Heart Transplant February 22, 2009). My dad ALWAYS reminds me “Don’t forget pajamas” that’s what I like about my dad. My dad loves to answer the question on Wheel of Fortune. THAT’S WHAT I LOVE ABOUT MY DAD! My dad is so tall he can lift me over the fence to my neighbor’s backyard to get my purse and my ball. My dad is so nice when he’s watching television, I ask him if I can watch TV he says sure. I think my dad is addicted to the television. My dad helped me learn to ride my two wheeler bike. My dad is really smart one thing I love about him is he helps me with my homework.
Jessica Jewell, 7, Olympia
Does your dad take you hunting, fishing, and does your dad take you on huge trips? Well, my dad does all this and more. One time my dad took me on this big trip to Utah so we could go rock climbing and mountain bike riding. This trip was a blast, but that trip to Utah also showed me that my dad cares that I am outside and active. I also do multiple sports such as snow skiing, motorcycle riding, playing football, and many different kinds of water sports because of my dad.
My father also pushes me to do better in my life. Actually, there was this one time in the school year that I wanted to quit this one class, but my dad kept saying, “What will you think of yourself if you quit this class?” I knew I would feel like I could have stayed in that class and you know what, I did very well in that class.
My dad does all this crazy stuff! When I was little, my dad ate this brain made out of spaghetti on Halloween in a haunted house. I about puked! Also there was this time when I wanted to ride my mountain bike down this gravel road that was about at a forty-five degree angle in Oregon. Guess what my dad let me! This road was about a mile long, full of potholes, but I made it with pride. This is just a little taste of my dad.
Mitch Stone, 12, Olympia
Who helps to cheer me up? Who is almost always there? My dad named Robert. Yep, that’s right, my dad. My one and only male role model. He is willing to do pretty much anything for his family. I bet he would walk across hot coals just to give me a hug. He is very self-less and always thinks of other people, but doesn’t smother us either. He’ll comfort me no matter what the problem is, and I can comfort him at times too. He loves my family and I so much, he would probably blow up if he didn’t let the love out of him. Plus, if he ever does anything wrong, he apologizes about a million times. He always spends as much time with me as possible. I almost have to fight him off when he drops me off at school. When my brother and I aren’t at his house, he still wants to share his love, even if it’s just over the phone. He always supports me, in swimming, exercise, drawing, and even singing. Here is another thing that sets him apart, my dad can actually cook! He can cook almost anything the time calls for. Now, my dad may not be the richest, and he may not be super athletic, but he is one of the best dads in the world. The richest dad in the world couldn’t show me as much love as my dad. So, my dad is just awesome, and that is that!
Tracy Q. Sutter, 13, Tumwater
Funny, embarrassing, and the “cool dude” are some ways to describe my Dad. He always tried to make things better then they are and make everyone happy. He is where I get my funny side from. Whenever we go on roller coasters we make faces at the cameras, whenever we screw up we laugh hysterically, and we both have great hair ... even though he is bald! Dad always is the one who lets me know he loves me and cares for me, even though sometimes I don’t want him to. He is always there for me, even if he is gone for business, he’s just a phone call away.
Memories with my dad normally end up different then planned. The first month we lived in Florida I wanted to go to Disney World, so we went and it started raining. When we got home we forgot to tell Mom we left and the house was pretty much flooded.
Basketball is his favorite sport and his passion. He has taught me everything I know and has coached me a few times. Every time I have an important game he flies in, especially if it’s basketball.One in a million, that’s my dad. We have some crazy good times together and I love you like no other.
Elizabeth Shimamoto, 13, Tumwater
Somebody who inspires me to be strong, passionate, hard working, and somebody who has taught me to be myself is, my Grandpa. Without even knowing it, he has been the funniest, most selfless person I know. He is an immigrant from Ireland and he came with a with a silly accent and five other siblings. Although he was poor as a child he was still very happy. My grandpa is your typical handy man. He’s always up in his work shop fixing something, creating something that’s like totally unheard of. One time he even made a tin man out of recycled cans and old tin funnels. That’s something not many others would think of doing. My Grandpa makes me proud, and I try my best to make him feel the same about me.
Sarah McGee, 12, Tumwater
“Hey, do you guys want to play Duck, Duck, Goose?” asks my youth pastor, Josh Burdick. “I don’t know why, but I’m really in the mood to play that game. What about red light green light?”
My youth pastor is so weird. When he said this, I think he was reverting back to his childhood. But I’m used to it.
Josh Burdick is one of the most caring and fun person I know. He takes the time to listen to you and hears your opinions. Even though I’m only 12, a little more then 10 years younger then him, he asks me about my life and what’s happening. He is so cool.
Josh is also a father, not to just his youth group, but he has his own kid too. I find it amazing that even when he has so many responsibilities as a father, he still finds time to be with us and be like a second father to us.
Another great thing about Josh is that he is also a great speaker. Every Sunday night he gives us a message that is both serious and hilarious at the same time. He is so energetic and has so many stories to tell about his life to keep the messages new and exciting. Josh Burdick, my youth pastor, is the coolest guy you will ever meet.
Ashley Robbins, 12, Tumwater
Daddy, we girls wanted you to know how much we love you and how much we appreciate everything you’ve done for us throughout our lives. Raising four daughters wasn’t easy, and we know we tested your patience more than once over the years. Yet, no matter what, we have always felt your unconditional love and known your great generosity. Of the many values you instilled in us, hard work and the importance of family stand out as a common thread. We want to say thanks daddy for the big birthday parties, the cars, the ponies, the prom dresses, the weddings and so much more – it’s been a wonderful life because of you.
Regina (Frey) Ternus, 59, Victoria B.C.; Linda (Frey) Buzbee, 54, Olympia; Laurie (Frey) DePaola, 52, Portland; Georgia Frey (Field), 44, Bloomington
Hello my name is Jill and my father has raised 6 girls in Olympia. He met my mom when he was 19 years old and took on the responsibility of three girls, and three more followed. He has shown us that we can do, and be anything. Having no boys we were lucky to experience a variety of activities many girls miss out on. Quad riding is big in my family and my father has put so much time and many into helping my sister be the best she can be. He has shown all of us love that extends beyond blood. A father is someone who shares in your life, the ups and the downs, praises your accomplishments, and lifts you back up when you fall. Unconditional love and loyalty has been modeled to all of us by my father. Through all the boyfriends, sporting events, and many trips down the aisle our father has stood by our side.
Jill K. Merrill, 30, Olympia
I’m grateful for my father because he taught me humility, self-respect and to love myself unconditionally. He gave selflessly and used his wisdom to teach those around him how life can be what you make it. His words of continual encouragement gave me the courage and faith to forge through my weakest moments and believe in the life that God gave me. He was my rock, my best friend, my shoulder to lean on. His eyes were kind, his touch kindhearted and his smile was soft. How could a child ask for more than that in a parent? I am so blessed to have had such an amazing man in my life … who just happened to be my father. “One in a million” doesn’t even begin to describe my remarkable confidant – my father. I love you, dad.
Nicole Sandberg, 34, Tumwater
Dad instills self pride, hard work and knowledge as a rule of thumb! He gives from his heart. Family dinners together with communication! He taught me about cars, inside and out. Respect is high in our family. Sunday, no TV, we would turn the lights down and either listen to Music Opera, 20’s to current songs and we would discuss what and why they performed it. Creativity by listening instilled imagination! He told us stories every night. He attended all school functions. I never had to fear or had the need to doubt myself because of what he taught me. “We all make mistakes in life, how else are we going to learn and grow as humans.” When had my wisdom teeth taken out he watched the whole procedure while holding my hand and whistling a song. During the floods in Lewis County, a mud slide pinned the fire truck and he had to climb to the top. I finally got a call and he was airlifted to safety, he just said don’t worry it was a free helicopter ride, I am fine. He would always know how to put you at ease or tell you when things were serious. His wit, love, loyalty, Duty, putting others first is what makes him the Dad of the year every time!
I am now 45 years old and he is still my best friend and can still count on him. I had a stroke in March and even though I live in Olympia (and a newspaper subscriber!) he was there by my side. We speak every day.
Kathleen Holmes, 45, Olympia
My dad John Proctor is very special. I feel very lucky my dad is still around. Others have lost their fathers and I don’t know what I’d do without mine. He has taught me to be a good person and a good parent. He has taught me how to fish and how to dig a clam. He taught me how to drive and how to change a tire. He set an example of how to take care of your family and have a good work ethic. The best thing we share is our sense of humor. We love to share jokes and cartoons. He wouldn’t let us sleep in during the summer. He would hollar up to our room and say What do you think this is a summer resort?!!! Every day is better with a laugh. If you ask him how he is doing he will laugh and say “I’m on this side of the grass so its a wonderful day.” Dad you’re a wonderful father and grandfather. I love you very much.
Mary Proctor Austin, 50, Olympia
Keith Holder, our Dad, is dad to four
He plays, reads and teaches til most would be sore
He never complains, gets mad, or acts tired
Even when Jonathan the 8 year old gets more and more wired
Natalie, the 3 year old, who wakes at 2 am every night
Just loves to have daddy tuck her back warm and tight
And then there is Allison, my 5 year old sister,
She’s got more energy than the world’s biggest twister.
Still, our Daddy keeps up and outlasts us every time,
He makes us laugh and entertains without even spending a dime.
And yes, there is me Julia, the oldest of four,
I’m sure I can sometimes make Daddy want to head for the door.
Yet, with patience and humor he always prevails,
He brings out my strengths and squashes my wails.
He helps with my homework and piano and flute,
I help him with fashion, trying to help him look cute.
All of these things would make most want to lay down for a rest,
But my Daddy keeps on going because he is the best!
Julia Holder, 11, Olympia
Do you like to go jet skiing and then get thrown in the water because of the speed? Maybe your dad helps you out with sports. My dad has done both of these things, and more. Last summer, I was at my house. My dad called about half an hour after he left to go to beach to ask if my sister and I wanted to go jet skiing. We, of course, said yes. Once we got there, I was the first to go on the tube attached to the Jet Ski. At first, my dad when slow so that I could get used to it. Then he started going faster and faster until water was spraying in my face and I was being thrown around everywhere. Eventually, the tube was flipped over and I fell in the water. I’ll always remember that day.
Also, my dad is supportive and helpful. For example, he helped me out with sports, like volleyball. So my dad and I went outside and practiced volleyball for a while until I was much better. He always told me that I could if I gave it my all. He does this with many things, not just sports. Is your dad like that?
I’ve had unforgettable moments with my dad. These are just some of the reasons as to why he’s awesome. I know that he’ll always be there for me no matter what, and that he loves me too. I love you, Dad!
Jacinda Allen, 12, Olympia
I know a lot of kids take their dad for granted. They love them and all, but they don’t really appreciate their dad. I love my dad so much, I can’t really even describe why. But I’m going to try.
First of all, my dad’s one of the funniest people I know. Wouldn’t most people find a grown man wearing a teenage girl’s sunglasses at the command of an eight-year-old funny? Okay, maybe not, but I think it’s hilarious. My dad is usually a quiet man, but when he’s in his funny mood, he can have me laughing so hard I start crying.
Also, my dad is almost always willing to go out and do things. When my mom’s at work and my dad’s home, he’ll drive us pretty much anywhere we want to go. I love spending time with him.
I don’t remember a lot of deep, heartfelt conversations, but I know my dad is always here for me no matter what. He makes me feel like I can do anything if I put my mind to it, and I know he’s proud of me. My dad is probably the sweetest guy I know. He doesn’t go out of his way to buy huge, expensive presents, but just the little things he does let everyone know how much he loves his family. I could go on for a year talking about how much I love my dad, but I think you can catch my drift: I love my dad.
Marissa Collins, 13, Tumwater
My dad just so happens to be my hero. We didn’t hang out much when I was very little but when I turned about 8 I realized my dad was something amazing. After that I couldn’t stay away from him!
I took up baseball once I realized he loved it, and he taught me how. Everyday I would tell him to come play baseball with me, and soon I was getting better and better at it. I got accepted into an All-Star team and we traveled to small towns and competed. We won many games; it was a great year for our team!
After a year of baseball it wasn’t so much fun for me. I had no idea how to tell him I didn’t want to play baseball anymore. One day I talked to him about wanting to take a break on baseball and focus on a new sport and he was 100% okay with it! After this I knew I could talk to my dad about anything. Thirteen years of my life my dad has been my World. He was there for my first bike ride, my first ice-cream cone on a hot day, my first swim without a life-jacket, and much more. I’ll never forget the crazy time we have had, or the times that we’re going to have. I love my crazy, oh so amazing dad!
Savannah Smith, 13, Tumwater
Dad. John. Juice Box Boy. Daddle. Creeper. These are all names for one man, my father, John Larson. He is my best friend. I can trust him to be there for me when I am sad or lonely. He has always been there to help me through all my problems. He also helps me if I need help with schoolwork. Every once in a while, there is that one math problem that just doesn’t make sense. All I have to do is yell “Dad!” and he will come running to help me. My best friend Jensen and I always call my dad Juice Box Boy. We call him this because he usually does whatever we want him to do for us. One time, after soccer practice, we were on our way home, when Jensen and I just suddenly really wanted ice cream. We told my dad this, and he turned the truck around and took us to Dairy Queen. My dad is very clever. He always has a witty comeback at anything I say. He is always making fun of me, but in a loving sort of way. He tries to help me with sports, because he used to be a coach, but I get angry when he bosses me around. Even though I get mad, he still helps me and pushes me to do my best. I think that my dad and I are very similar. I love him very much; he is my Daddle the Juice Box Boy.
Cassie Larson, 13, Olympia
He threw an 80-yard scoring pass, and rushed 91 yards at Air Force. He led the Huskies past Oregon State with the fourth-quarter drive it took to win the game. My Grandpa, Tom Manke, was the starting Huskies quarterback. Well of course that was back in the day. Having more than one person in my family who went to college as an athlete has helped me be able to understand the passion, hard work, and dedication it takes to achieve my goals. I look up to my grandpa as a remodel because he is at every volleyball, basketball, and fastpitch tournament he can be. By him doing so, I know he cares about me and thinks I am special. For the past few years, he has taken time off of work to go to Reno, Nevada for my volleyball tournament. My grandpa is a great person and one day I would like to follow in his footsteps by playing a sport in college, holding the record in the sport I am playing, working in a school district, visiting my elders who live far and near, and many other great things my grandpa has done to make our world a better place. If we were all like my grandfather, Tom Manke, the world would be a cleaner, healthier, and an important environment.
Jensyn McCoy, 12, Tumwater
Advice. Some people don’t take it. Some people think that the person giving advice is bossing them around. I don’t think of it that way. I think of it as someone who is helping me get better at what I love. I love basketball. My dad gives me advice. I have to get good grades in school to play basketball. He gives me advice. I like to play golf. He gives me advice on my swing. Everyday we play a basketball game. Best free throws out of ten wins. I wish that he wasn’t a great free throw shooter. He usually gets eight of ten on average. I get seven out of ten.
My dad is the all around dad. He takes me and my brother out sometimes to get food and he still has time for himself. He manages to take us on a family trip to Oregon to see his mom and his side of the family, and still manages to help me with my swing or my shot while we are out there. He could just leave me and talk to his brothers and mom. He always includes me even if he has friends over. On Christmas he took my older brother and I go carting at Apex and we are going again later. He tries his hardest to be the best father he could. And even when he loses his control and yells at me. He always apologizes later. He probably is right when he yells.
Ian Forster, 12, Tumwater
The view of dads has changed over the centuries but my dad has been the most amazing one ever. My dad is a cop and he loves to tell stories of the people he arrests. Once, he had to wrestle a cow to get the cow back to the farm, while he had the cow in a headlock, another cow came and knocked him down!
Embarrassing? If you looked that word up in the dictionary there would be a picture of dad in it, with a smoky the bear suit on. My dad will wear anything to embarrass my sister and I, smoky the bear, a sumo wrestler, Fred Flintstone, you name it! When my dad went to Cispus with my sister he was asked to wear a smoky the bear suit. Of course he put the suit on and walked and followed my sister all over the camp.
My dad is also an amazing gift giver. My dad knows exactly what I will like. Once, my sister and I were at the mall eating at pints and quarts with my mom and dad and we wanted to go shopping at Victoria Secret. My dad hates that store so just to get us out of there he picked up two shirts and payed for them handing my sister and I the bags. Of course we ended up loving the shirts. I’m glad Fathers Day is coming up so I can formally show appreciation for everything my dad does for me.
Remi Swanson, 13, Tumwater
Have you had a male role model in your life? I do, and that male role model is Huy Phan, my dad. Even though he’s my dad, he has many qualities that make him more of a friend than a dad. I remember when we went to Mount Rainer together with my family. He randomly started pelting us with snowballs and we all got wet. I also remember when my dad had lost his job a long time ago and he was paying for piano lessons for the both of us. He really liked piano and never got a chance to play it as a kid. He quit piano lessons because we couldn’t afford it, but he let me continue to take them. That really meant a lot to me and I would never forget that. Unlike most dads, he has a really good humor. Well, most of the time. A lot of his jokes are so weird that you can’t help but laugh! My dad also always encourages me to do new things, and always supports me. Whenever I need help with homework or with my computer, he’s always thereto help. He also helps me in sports. We both always spend time together. He may seem weird or odd to you, but he will always be my dad, and my role model.
Lina Phan, 13, Tumwater
People you look up to often determine how you are. My dad is the one that I look up to. There are many things he has done that have made him the most important role model in my life.
One of the things that make my dad and me so close is that we share the same in terests. Last year I got interested in dirt bikes and my dad rode them as a kid so it didn’t take long before we were looking at them. Before long I had my first bike. My dad was the only person in my family that liked to ride and he was the one that encouraged me to ride.
Usually you don’t go to many auctions or shows with your dad that you actually want to go to but with my dad I did. I remember my dad came home one Monday after school had ended and said that we were going to a Mariners game. I thought that it was going to be boring but it turned out to be better than I thought. After that one game I always went with my dad to see monster truck shows or RV shows at the Tacoma Dome. I will never forget how many events I went to with my dad.
My dad is an amazing person that is unforgettable. He has sacrificed so much to give me what I have today and for that I will always look up to him.
Grayson Wright, 13, Tumwater
Darrin Race is my dad. Funny, energetic, and loving are what I say describes him. My dad is the type of guy who laughs at the little things. He tells me jokes that don’t make any sense, but they are still really funny. My dad is not like most dads. He is always on the go, always wanting to go walking or to be outside. He lets me try new things and always supports me in whatever I want to do. I can also tell my dad anything, and know he won’t judge me. I really love that quality about him. I know that even when I’m being a pain, my dad will still love me. My dad has called me “love” since I was little. I have great memories. So many funny stories, one time my dad wanted to be the cool guy so he decided to try and kick the door jam in our kitchen. Well it didn’t end very well, he landed on his backside. An unusual thing you’ll see about my dad is that he is covered in tattoos. They are all different and all tell a story about his life, in a way. I possess a lot of traits from my dad, like my big feet, personality, and most of all my eyes. I have a strong spirit and it’s hard to be broken and we are both a bit stubborn. My dad is a truly great guy, and I love him so much.
Taylar Race, 13, Olympia
Have you ever known someone that you feel really close to? Is that person your dad? Mine is. My dad is the person that will support you through almost everything.
My dad always wants to drive me to and from Karate. He looks really interested while I work out with my friends. He also loves to volunteer at my track meets. And if he gets the chance, he will volunteer at the events I do. My dad also is a very hard worker. He doesn’t come home until his job is complete. I remember one time I said I wanted to build a ramp to race my cars down. So we bought the supplies and it was the best thing my dad had ever made.
Although my dad was a hard working man, he was also fun. I remember going to movie night with him at Premier Martial Arts. We played a couple games and my dad was really getting into it. So the last game we played he volunteered to kick a small pad at us while we dodged them. I remember when he was kicking the pad at me and I saw the crazy look in his eye. He was running and jumping and moving like he ten years old again. He was getting really into it. There are many more traits that explain my dad like ambitious, caring, and many more. But those are just a few that I am most proud of.
Zach Fox, 13, Tumwater
Dad. Those three simple letters make up one of the most important words in my world. Dad just happens to be one of the most important people in my life. He has taught me so much about the world and life that I could never thank him enough. He is my role model.
Silly jokes and hearty laughs come from the mouth of my father. All the time! My dad makes up those dumb jokes that really aren’t funny, but you laugh anyways because of the amount of effort he put in to see me smile. Daddy’s laugh is like a lullaby that could lull anyone to sleep. His jokes make me giggle and his laugh makes me smile. That is only another reason I love being his child.
“Please no!” That is what I say when my dad tells me his plans for boyfriend meetings. I understand he is being sarcastic, but it still scares me when he says that he has to interview every one of my boyfriends in high school. Not only will he be asking them those awkward questions ... He will be cleaning his guns! I beg him no, but he flashes me smile and says, “Yes.”
I am your princess Daddy! You say I will forever be! My first word was “Dada” and I know why! Daddy I must declare that you are amazing! Therefore my loving father, I will always be able to tell you, “I love you!”
Sami Jones, 13, Tumwater
Vroom, vroom. I hear voices of my aunts and mom yelling, “Alli come here!” I rush out side the house and see my dad racing down from the barn on a little dirt bike. All I could remember was rushing across the gravel in bare feet, screaming as loud as I could. I had always wanted a dirt bike, and my dad decided to get me one after my 8th birthday. He helped me get it started, and told me how to ride it. Then I took off thinking how nice he was to get this for me.
The giggles fill the room as my dad pins my hands back and starts to tickle me. The man I call my dad has so many good qualities in him. When we both get a sweet tooth my dad runs down to the little store and buys us both a package of candy. My dad can make some pretty dumb jokes, and think he is really funny, but the joke doesn’t make
Me laugh, it’s my dad trying to tell it. When something breaks, my dad is right there to fix it. He loves to feel needed, and when he is, he works his hardest! My dad is such great; wise, and funny guy that can make anyone smile. This is why I love him.
Alli Thompson, 12, Tumwater
“Daddy is my favorite!” I used to say when I was younger. I made it clear that Dad was my favorite parent. Of course, I don’t choose favorite parents now, but my dad will always be my hero. My dad is a great guy; he’s very caring and loving and is always there for me. Another thing that is great about my dad is that he comes to all of my dance competitions, performances, recitals, etc. Most of the people at my dance studio just come to those kinds of things with only their moms, and their dads don’t come. But my dad wouldn’t miss one of mine and my sister’s dance competitions for the world. Also, my dad is very funny and knows how to make people laugh. He tells jokes that are kind of stupid, but hilarious at the same time. For example, the other day my sister, my dad, and I were talking about math homework. My sister said that pi had no point, and my dad said, “Of course pi has a point! That’s why it’s three point one four!” The joke was pretty lame, but we were cracking up for a long time anyways! Another great thing my dad does is spend time with my sister and me. Even if we are doing something simple, like watching TV, he always makes time for us. My daddy is wonderful, and nobody could ever replace him.
Julianna Wischer, 13, Tumwater
Heartwarming, encouraging, and all mine. That’s just some words that describe my incredible, amazing, wonderful, dad. There are numerous words that describe my loving father. Here are just a few, but there are many more words in the dictionary that would best describe my dad.
In times of need my Dad was always there for me. When I wanted to have a dance studio, my dad was going to make a dance room in our extra room just for me, if I really wanted it. My Dad also told me to live my dream. When I wanted to be a singer my dad told me to keep on going and just do my personal best. My dad never put me down and told me I couldn’t do it. He also told me that if I ever needed him he would be waiting around the corner for me to come around.
Hurray! I get the universes greatest dad. Why is he the best? My Dad is the best because he loves me! What more could a kid ask for from their dad? Nothing! The best gift that anyone can give is love, and my Dad gives a whole lot of love. Sometimes I feel awkward around him because of him and all of his loving, but I am just glad he is my dad and he loves me!
Katie Mortensen, 13, Tumwater
Dad. Daddy. Daddio. I have quite a few nicknames for my dad. Wow, there’s a lot to say about my dad. First of all, when I was nine, my dad built a playhouse for me. He actually built it all, by himself. This playhouse includes heating, electricity, cable, and two floors! Also, my daddy tells really stupid jokes, that because they are so stupid, they crack me up! My daddy said, one time, “What time is it when seven hungry lions are chasing after you?“ He then answered it before I could guess, “Seven after one!” He had me laughing really hard! Another great thing about my dad is in the summer, we used to ride out bikes everywhere, almost everyday. That was quite fun. When I used to play piano, my dad never missed a recital; same with choir concerts. So, as you can see, my daddy loves me and I love him, too! Nothing could ever replace him. Also, he has always been there for me when I need him. He’s taught me to ride my bike, we’ve been to Puerto Vallarta together, and we hang out very often. I love my dad and no one could ever replace him!
Maya Wharton, 13, Olympia
As an active Scoutmaster of Troop 357 in Elkhorn,NE, and father of three, I’d like to dedicate this memorial to my Dad, Joe Bell. He was the inspiration for the volunteering and child rearing that I enjoy today. Dad was the Scoutmaster of Troop 78 in Thompson Place, WA prior to my birth in 1964. As the planning Engineer for the Washington State Department of Transportation, he set an example of leadership and common sense that remain a standard of excellence to this day, according to current WSDOT employees. Thank you Dad for all your love and dedication over the years. You are dearly missed.
Rob Bell, 45, Blair, Neb.
My father is so special in so many ways. When my mom was young and pregnant with me my “father” stepped up to the plate and raised me when my biological father had no means to. He worked 3 jobs when I was young to keep food on the table and a roof over our heads. Whens jobs got hard to find my dad decided to become a soldier in the Army to help serve our country and take care of our family. See my dad is my hero. He may not be mine biologically but he is my father in every sense of the word. He provided for me and loved me as his own. My father has made sacrifices to make sure I’m well taken care of and loved. My father never had to do any of this but he did and I’m so very thankful for him in my life. My father now lives in Vegas and I miss him so much. Although he is far away now our bond has never been stronger. You’ve been my superhero, Dad, Right from the very start. You’re always my true friend; When I need you, you’re always there. You are someone I can always count on. My life will be forever enriched because of you! Dad if you’re reading this always remeber “Im already there”
Ashlee Stiles, 14, Olympia
The Army took Daddy away a lot. We waited for him in Yakima when he was in Korea and at Ft. Lewis when he was in Vietnam. We waited a lot of other places while he flew around Army posts from Texas and Arizona to New Jersey.
But when he came home he made us each feel special. My first memory of him has me getting off an Army troop ship in Okinawa and this strange man picked up Mommy and kissed her. Then he got down on one knee and smiled at me saying, “I got us a house just to match your blue eyes.” I immediately felt that this man really knew me.
It was that way all my life. He always knew what I needed, what devilment I was about to get into, or what could potentially break my heart. He wasn’t there for every boy friend or every school play, but when he was, I felt he was focused on me.
Today he is the same way. I feel his eyes on me when we attend meetings together and when I talk. He still knows what I need and what devilment I am about to get into. I’ve had to share him with Mom and my sister, of course, but he is special because he makes each of us feel special.
Patricia Taylor, 60, Olympia
I want to wish my father a happy father day. He is a great dad and I respect him. He loves to go camping and he helps me with difficult math problems. Even when he is tired or would rather be doing something else, he takes the time to play a board game with me and my brother. He cares about me and my brother a lot and he’s a great role model. He doesn’t care what other people think and he’s an individual. He has taken us to church and raised us up to be good, successful people. The most important thing my dad has taught me is that you shouldn’t care what other people think and that you should follow your dreams. I love my dad and I want to wish him a happy fathers day.
Lacye and Samuel Groening
I am writing this tribute on behalf of my 9-month-old daughter, Paeton Malizio.
Paeton and I are so grateful to have Cameron as a father and a husband. We are teen parents, and when we learned that we were going to be having a child it hit us fast and hard, but Cameron didnt run, he stayed by our side and has done an amazing job as a father and as a husband. Times get tough but Paeton and I want him to know that we think he is the greatest daddy in the world, I am so thankful to have him in my life and as the father of our child. Cameron, you work so hard everyday to juggle our family and work and you never complain we are so proud of you. I appreciate and admire you so much and Paeton and I love you more than anything. Thank you for being you.
Jordan Malizio, 18, Olympia
My father came from an “old country” family of Norwegian descent where you did not display emotions within the family, but rather kept them to yourself.
He was a wonderful provider, working hard as a laborer and raising three energetic daughters. In his family, the male brought home the bacon (or rather the Lutefisk) while the female cooked, cleaned and raised the kids.
My Dad never gave me a spanking. My Mom did all that. Dad never really gave me any serious talks such as about the birds, etc. BUT – he taught me to work hard in the Strawberry fields. He grew berries for profit. He taught me how to build and fly kites and he taught me to never give up. The “Never Give Up” part was mostly by example and by one very important “Welcome Home!” Let me explain. I went to WSU before I was academically prepared, and had to come home after one semester and take some more classes at the Community College. I was devastated. Mom picked me up at the bus station and brought me home. There, at the door, literally, was Dad, waiting for me, with open arms and I can still hear him say after 46 years; “Welcome Home! Its NOT the end of the world. You will do it.” I did not say a word.
Well, I picked up the pieces, took the class over and eventually graduated with a Bachelor of Science. And two years after that ‘welcome home’, he proudly walked me down the aisle and turned me over to my groom.
I’ll always remember his ‘welcome home’ and the love expressed from a rather non-demonstrative, though loving, dad that I today, truly miss.
Gayle Tiedeman Lindeblom, Lacey