"How do you sum up a person in words? Somehow the task seems impossible- but here is my best effort. When I think about my dad, one thing that sticks out is that he always seemed larger than life. Everything was over-sized: his ambition, his love for God, his stockpile of ideas, even the amount of things he could get done in 24 hours.
As a child, the thing I remember most about my father was his whimsy. Life was one grand adventure. Oftentimes when driving home from church after Wednesday night dinner, he would pretend that his car's steering was malfunctioning, and the car would drive itself to the frozen yogurt store. When he was changing out of his work clothes in the evenings, he would disappear into the closet and out would emerge 'mean man'- his alter ego who would tickle us into fits of hysterics. He loved to tell silly jokes and to call us by imaginative nicknames.
As I grew older, other things about my father grew in importance. Things such as his unimpeachable integrity. Never did I, or anyone else, ever doubt that his actions were ever motivated by anything other than the best of intentions. He was fiercely loyal to his ideals. And to organizations and missions to lined up with those values. His work with the Boy Scouts, with Mountain Outreach, and with Haiti all pointed to his efforts to always leave the world around him a better place.
Now, as an adult, what I appreciate about my father is that he taught me to think outside of the box. My dad was the ultimate entrepreneur. He had an innate ability to see straight to the heart of an issue, and once he saw the way forward, he had no patience for bureaucracy or red tape. He was immensely creative, and much of his work, whether vocational, missional, or personal, attested to this. He was constantly testing new gadgets, and was captivated by the unfolding digital revolution. His success in the business world was connected to his ability to see the direction that technology was headed, and adapt the new trends to the established business model. When he saw a need, he filled it. His gifts and his time made a huge impact on the world around him. He loved to give. Sometimes too much. And yet, giving of himself and his resources was a powerful part of his legacy.
My father had a fierce intellect. MENSA material. And yet his intelligence was never something he used to keep people at bay or to wall himself into a world of thought. Instead, he applied his mind towards innovation. He was constantly thinking, troubleshooting, brainstorming... at the dinner table, on the beach, at all hours of the night and morning. When you were the center of his attention, it was like staring into a spotlight. You were seen, heard, and validated in a way that is hard to describe.
Above all else, Dad was a man of faith. His relationship with God was real, vital. You could not encounter him without encountering the God he served. That legacy, above all others, changed people. This is what people remember, and talk about now that he's gone. And that is the legacy I aspire to carry on as well."