Like father like son
Posted on Monday, June 18th 2012 at 09:05 am
I read that Hallmark cards gave free cards to prisoners to send to their mother’s on Mother’s day. 95% of the prisoners requested cards. So they decided to do the same thing on Father’s day and only 10% of the prisoners asked for cards to send to their dad’s. This says a lot about our society and the absence of fathers in those that go off the rails. This weekend John Dolan went home to be with the Lord. John was a tremendous inspiration to everyone that knew him and he was a great example of a dad. I first met John when his wife Lily was an intern at KGMS in the early nineties. Lily and John, like many of us, were part of the sixties generation. Somewhere around the time she came to the station they had a life changing experience and gave their lives to Jesus Christ. Lily became our music director at KGMS and was the mid-day personality on the station. You could hear her passion for the Lord as she would introduce the Christian rock songs we played on KGMS “The Only Rock You Need”. John ran Dolan and Sons construction. He was a roofing contractor and then moved into designing and building custom homes. His homes had a unique Santa Fe styling and they were not only outstandingly beautiful but masterfully constructed. He taught his sons carpentry and how to pour their hearts and souls into their work. I remember him telling me that he wanted one of his sons (Billy, Tommy or John) to learn real carpentry so they built a home without power tools. All of the boys became highly skilled craftsman. They were also good athletes and Tommy, after playing college football, just finished a career as a professional rugby player. He was also a great example to his daughters Kim and Crystal who grew up to be very accomplished women. Kim is a champion in women's fitness competitions and featured in national publications. And they are both great mothers and examples to younger women with their faith and family values. The children were brought up in the ways of the Lord and their lives are a testimony. 14 years ago John had a stroke. This left him partially paralyzed and with severe health problems. He has been in and out of the hospital with heart problems and other ailments. John was a very muscular, athletic and handsome man. The stroke left its’ mark on John’s body but it didn’t dampen his spirit. Whenever I would see John I was struck first by his drooping face and the patch over his eye. Then he would smile and say “how are you doing brother”? When you would ask John how he was doing he would say something like “I am a blessed man”. He radiated God’s love and was a testimony of God’s grace to everyone who knew him. When I was young there was a TV commercial showing a father smoking and his son watching him. The caption was "like father like son". Like Tim Tebow said recently when asked how it felt to be a role model. He replied, "we are all role models, some of us are not good ones". John was a great role model. On this Father’s day John is now with his heavenly Father, who is our ultimate role model.