Grandpa’s Military Service

On the evening of April 19th our family lost a great man. Ashleigh’s grandpa Don went home to be with The Lord after six months of treatment for Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma. How can words adequately summarize 67 years of a man’s life? I could do it no justice.

I will say only this – One thing that truly stuck out to me in his final months was how, with bold intensity, Don testified to the work of Jesus in his life. The Holy Spirit was moving over him in such a way that as he witnessed to Jesus his eyes widened with amazement, his heart overflowed with gratitude, and his mind dialed in with laser focus. It reminded me of how the apostles in the 1st Century Church, after seeing the resurrected Lord, went from town to town declaring the works of God.

Now Don literally stands with his Lord, his faith having become sight. It reminds me of Stephen in Acts, “‘But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.’”

I had the heartbreaking honor of capturing his family’s final goodbye to Don. It was devastatingly beautiful to be able to take photos of these moments; a flag being given in tribute to his wife of almost 46 years of marriage, a son proudly and humbly holding the urn of his father’s ashes, his family comforting and loving each other through the time that they still have together.

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