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Updated on November 27, 2013

A Tribute To My Daddy

My dad passed away on October 13, 2013. I miss him so much.

This lens is in honor of my dad as a tribute to him for Father's Day. My dad was always there for me. He lived about 20 minutes away and had always lived nearby. Even after he and my mom were divorced when I was about 9, he stayed close and never got remarried. When I was about 12, my mom remarried and has been married to my stepdad since about 1981.

But, my "real" dad is my dad and has always treated me the same (great) and no matter what, he will always be there for me even now after his death. He has never turned his back on me, he never would. (Not that my mom or stepdad has either.) And believe me, when I was younger, I put him through a lot. There are certain things I would only tell him because I didn't want to burden my mom with them although she would often find out later.

This lens is a tribute to my dad was around to see many things, including: the 30th President, Calvin Coolidge, was in office; since the first television was sold, while World War II was going on (and has seen several wars since then)...the list goes on. Wow! My dad has seen a lot of stuff happen and experienced a lot of changes throughout the years.


These photos are: My grandparents (my dad's parents) holding me when I was about two months old; me and my dad when I was about 5 somewhere by the ocean.

The photo above that is my dad and three of my children at the Christmas Tree Farm.

Dad and Dustin at the Christmas Tree Farm 2010
Dad and Dustin at the Christmas Tree Farm 2010

Bob or Robert

My dad, Robert, who goes by Bob sometimes and sometimes Robert, was born in September of 1927. He was the second child born to Ray and Lola, the first being a girl, Ramona, who was about 10 years older. . Below is a picture of my dad when he was just a baby and then a couple more taken when he was a boy.

My dad was born in Sacramento, California, and lived there during his youth until finishing elementary school. At that point, the family moved to Mountain View because my grandpa, who was an engineer, took a job with Pacific Gas and Electric in San Francisco.

My dad spent the rest of his youth living in Mountain View; while his sister, my aunt went to Stanford and my grandpa worked for PG&E. After graduating from high school, my dad went right into the Navy. The family returned to Sacramento as my grandpa accepted employment with the newly formed SMUD (Sacramento Municipal Utility District) as did my dad upon his leaving the Navy. He went on to attend California State University's Engineering Degree Program.

Here is a picture of my dad and his older sister, Ramona. I called her Auntie Bebo. Unfortunately, she died a few years back.

After the Navy and after he graduated from college, my dad worked many years for some pretty big construction firms in different positions. Then, in 1979, he started his own trucking company which he operated until retiring about five years ago.

My dad and mom were married in the early 1950s, but I wasn't born until 1969. It took them 10 years before I came along due to some complications. I am their only child.

My parents were divorced when I was around 8, but my dad stayed with us in the home until I was around 10. Then he bought a condominium about a half of a mile away on the other side of the subdivision where we lived. That way he could still be close to me and I could walk over to his house when I wanted to. Around the time I turned 18, my dad sold the condo and bought a house about four miles away just on the other side of the river. He was still close, but just not necessarily walking distance for me. Which was fine because by that time I was driving. I have always thought that was really great that he stayed nearby because he didn't have to.

He is retired now, but still keeps himself busy with the computer and other activities; he gets up early every morning and walks three miles. He is as funny and as feisty as ever and is interested in mine and my children's lives. He is my number one supporter, my best friend, and my rock. I love you dad! Happy Father's Day 2012. You're the Best! I just realized that I don't have any recent pictures of he and I together. I will have to change that.

(I decided to leave the photos diagonally like that. I don't know if it looks good or not though, what do you think?)

What Has Happened Around the World - Since My Dad Was Born in 1927

The economy in 1927:

  • Since 1927, there have been a lot of changes throughout the world. Here are some of the things my dad has experienced:

    He has been through 14 presidents (Coolidge, Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush Sr., Clinton, Bush Jr., Obama).

    He has seen several wars, including: World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the War in Afghanistan, the War on Terrorism, the War in Iraq, and countless operations and attacks in between. (I apologize if I left any out.)

    As well as:

    The crash of the Stock Market.

    The Great Depression.

    The American aspect of Hitler's Reign in Germany.

    Discovery and use of Penicillin.

    Sliced bread.

    Fiberglass invented.

    Nevada legalized gambling.

    The invention and first sale of the television set.

    21st Amendment passed - ended alcohol prohibition.

    US officially adopted National Anthem.

    Hoover Dam dedicated by President Hoover.

    New Deal is passed by Congress.

    Conservation Corps authorized by Congress.

    Babe Ruth retired from baseball (1935).

    Social Security Act passed by Congress (1935).

    The first solo transatlantic flight.

    Securities and Exchange Commission established.

    The Watergate scandal.

    Landing on the Moon.

    Kennedy's assassination.

    The discovery of the planet Pluto.

    The discovery of computers.

    Invention and use of car radios.

    The building and completion of the Empire State Building.

    Cellular telephones.

    Expanded television viewing capabilities.


    GPS systems.

    The Internet.

    Air conditioning in homes and cars.

  • Well, you get the idea... As I was putting this together, I realized how many things have been invented, how many changes there have been, there are so many things I could list here that I think it could take me until after the deadline for this Squidquest. : )

    Thank you for reading this and I hope you enjoyed it. Happy Father's Day Dad! I love you!

My Dad Holding My Infant Twin Daughters - He sure loves his four grandchildren: Dustin, Wolfie, Willow and Violet

My dad is a great guy and I hope that I can do something special for him this father's day. I know what he will say, that he just wants me to be happy. But, I want him to be happy too.

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