Sunday, June 15, 2014

Remembering my Dad on Fathers Day

My Dad, Douglas C. Evans, Sr., who went to Heaven in November, 1976.  He had lung cancer and only lived 75 days from the day he was diagnosed until the day he died.  My Mom, my brothers, my husband, and I took turns staying at the hospital day and night so that he wouldn't be alone, and so we could be with him every minute that we could.

The last thing Dad and I said to each other at the hospital that night when he died  was me asking him if I could get him anything, and he told me that he had all he needed.  I had no way of knowing that just a few minutes later, he would draw his last breath and would be gone from me.  I tried to tell him that I loved him, but his soul had already gone to be with the Lord.  Being with him when he dried was  the best and the hardest thing I ever did.  

Even today, almost 38 years later, I so miss his easy smile and his dry sense of humor.  And I often long to just be his little girl again.  I realize now that I took that SO for granted when he was alive!  It embarrassed me to have him pull out my 2nd grade school photo and show it to his friends - especially when I was 18!  I never understood that he did it because it was his way of saying he loved me.

Dad's influence on us continues on.  Just the other day, my husband made reference to him while we were working on the rebuilding of our deck.  Dad was a craftsman, precise and correct in everything he did.  He was intelligent and a very good problem solver.  He did his best in every thing he did, and expected that from us kids, too!  I didn't understand then that he was preparing us to succeed in the real world.

Dad lives on in our memories and in our hearts.  Just wish I had had more time with him and that he could have known us, his kids, as adults - after we had obtained some degree of sense!

The broken heart and sorrow we feel is a tribute to the relationship we had with the one that has died.  The emptiness we feel in their passing from here makes Heaven more real.  Sometimes the hardest thing about the death of a loved one or a friend is to realize that the sun comes up tomorrow, and life goes on.  We never stop missing them; we always remember them; and on those days when we can touch their memory, those memories are precious and comforting.

On this Father's Day weekend, I remember my Dad.  I miss my Dad.  I still love my Dad.



  1. This is such a sweet and moving tribute to your dad!! I know that I am blessed to still have my dad here and your post reminds me again to make the most of the time we have together.

  2. I so envy the relationship daughters and sons had with their DADDY. We did not have that. He chose another life than ours. But, don't feel to sorry for us because our sweet, wonderful and beautiful MAMA gave us the best childhood she could. She is our hero and we three ducklings miss her so very much. Toni,Barbara, and Charles

  3. Tracey, your Dad and sister did a duet at church Sunday. I can't tell you the song, but I was so blessed seeing a Father and Daughter singing together! It so moved my heart! You are blessed to still have your Dad - and I know you know that! Love and prayers! Chris

  4. Tony, I never knew that you grew up without your Dad in your home. But with your kindness and graciousness I am not surprised that you never mention it. And your Mama- such a loving lady! You certainly were blessed to have her! I only wish I had gotten to know her sooner! You are as loving as she was! You learned from the best! Love and prayers! Chris


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