What I learned from Dad

In celebration of Father’s Day, we reached out to residents on some of the North Ogden Facebook group pages and asked residents what they have learned from their dads. Here are some of their responses.

Julieanne Hartmann: “My dad is as genuine as they come. He taught me not to judge anyone because you never know their circumstances. He taught me to always be honest and work hard. If you see him walking along Pleasant View Drive, don’t be surprised if he waves at you. He is the kindest and friendliest person I know.”

Jeremiah Jones and his Dad

Jeremiah Jones: “My dad taught me how to work hard and always put myself behind others. He is the hardest worker I know. But beside that, he quietly went about serving others. It wasn’t uncommon for him to stop and help a stranded motorist with a flat tire or help with mechanical problems. Many of our trips were delayed because of his selflessness. His service towards others must have stuck with me because that’s what I love most about my career as a firefighter. I love seeing other people know that I care and serving my community.”

Sam N’Molly Stark Buck: “My father died of cancer when I was three years old. My mother remarried. My step father has raised me like his own and taught me many things. He will be 90 years old this week. He taught me to think positive. “As a man thinketh, so is he”. He taught me that I could do hard things. “Life’s hard by the yard, but it’s a cinch by the inch” and “Can’t can’t do anything” and “You can eat an elephant one spoonful at a time”. He taught me to love everyone no matter what they looked like or who they were and to never hate. “The secret to life is love, because it is our greatest source of happiness.” He taught me to “kill ‘em with kindness” and that I should never get revenge. “The don’t of all don’ts is don’t get even”. He taught me to memorize good poetry and read good literature because it becomes a part of you. He always has my back and helps me whenever I need help. ”

Shaylie Ann: “My dad is my hero in every way. I love that I get to work with him. He has taught me integrity, hard work, that “can’t” is not a word, and that you buy a car with your wallet not your heart. That dreams don’t just happen, you have to earn them and that I ALWAYS have someone in my corner rooting for me. How to love and treat those around me and that no matter your situation, you can always find ways to serve others.”

Stephanie Saffell-Wilkinson: “I had many father figures and, all in all, I was taught I could do anything I stuck my mind to. My dad taught me my love for sports and food. My wonderful step dad taught me you did not have to be blood to be family. He actually taught me to drive, while my Grandpa taught me to be tough, stand back up, and shake it off.”

Crystal Polson: “Unfortunately, my dad didn’t teach me anything other than what not to be. My grandpa, on the other hand, taught me the importance of working hard, not saying anything just to be heard, and that sometimes the greatest lesson you can teach someone is that no matter how far estranged a relationship can get, there is always time to make amends and forgive someone.”

Kristin Urry Hart: “My dad taught me how to work hard, to be respectful, how to serve others, that family is important, and that my word is my bond.”

Debbie Barnes: “I learned how to be calm in the storm, how to forgive and be patient. I learned strength and honesty and the value of hard work.”

Shanna Campbell: “He taught all of us that when you can help others, you should always do it. He was generous and kind in ways we didn’t find out about until we were older.”

Angela Osorio Burt: “Money doesn’t grow on trees, love doesn’t pay the bills, and life’s too short to be miserable. As I’ve gotten older, these wise words have taught me to work hard and save for what I want. Love fiercely but don’t rely on anyone to take care of me. If the situation you’re in isn’t making you happy, do something about it. Best lessons I’ve ever gotten from my papasan.”

Shelly Robison: “My dad could have been the inspiration for Holly Dunn’s song, Daddy’s Hands. Hard working and tough love. He has given the shirt off his back and went hungry so others could eat. I miss him so much. He has been gone for 10 years in February.”

LouJean Frongner Thompson: “My dad taught me to not pay interest on anything other than a house or car. He said, EARN it.”

Edythe Kuhn: “My dad taught that integrity is a very important virtue. Once trust and integrity are lost, they can never totally be regained.”

Chelsea Ayn Nelson: “If you think you can, you can. And I’ll help you when you ask.”

Kaitlyn Topper: “My dad to this day is a wonderful example of hard work and just doing your best every day. He reminds me daily that if things don’t work out the first time to never give up and there is always tomorrow to be better.”

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