From his daughter, Sarah: “My dad is the first person to be at an event, and the last to leave, to help with setting up chairs, taking them down, and any other service he can provide. He loves helping people but prefers to do so in the background, behind the scenes so to speak. Praise and recognition make him uncomfortable, which is why we didn’t ask his permission to spotlight him in today’s newsletter. I’ll ask his forgiveness later. ;)
Dad has been a computer whiz for as long as I’ve known him (let’s pretend that’s been 29 yrs *cough*), and his abilities to navigate a software program and html code are borderline magical. His ideas are pretty much pure genius, and many times he’s thought of things years before anyone else does, including major companies. Most of the Academy of Self-Reliance website wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for his talents and willingness to sacrifice his time. And sleep. But as much as he loves computers, html code, and setting up chairs, he loves 2 things even more: His family and The Lord. He always puts those two things first. Always. He’s married to the love of his life, Jenny, and has 5 (incredibly awesome, if I may say so myself) children. He has always strived to make the gospel an important part of our home. I have seen The Lord pour out blessings because of his faithfulness, and service to his family. And his desire to be a better person and efforts to grow closer to The Savior every day are some of the many reasons why he is my hero. It has been a wonderful experience working with him (ok, more like watching him work his magic and then giving him the thumbs up in moral support). I’m just amazed at what he has done, and the time he has done it in.
If you haven’t met him in person yet, I hope you get to someday. My life is definitely richer because he’s in it.”