My Dad

Today, April 1, 2016, I received a call from my mom that my dad had passed away. He had battled declining health for several months and, this week, was hospitalized for several things, mostly old age. I was able to spend several days with him before I needed to leave to get back home. Before I left him, though, I was able to tell him that he was a good man. He overcame much in his life to leave a legacy that will live on in his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Above all, he was a child of God, and there is no doubt he is meeting his Heavenly Father right now. 

I wrote the following post two years ago, and I republish it now in memory of him. 

I love you, dad.

Tomorrow is my dad’s birthday.  Archie Moore will become an 82 year-old husband, father, and grandfather.  He’ll celebrate the way he always does…with family close by and, perhaps, a steak or rack of ribs in front of him.

Fall 2012 019God has blessed me with a father who is and has always been a present part of my life.  Through all of our times together, he has been an anchor, not only for me, but for the entire extended family.  That is the evidence of grace in all our lives.  There are too few words in my vocabulary to express the tremendous effect he has had on my life, but suffice it to say that he has been a model of character and commitment and love.

Above all, he has been a father.  It has been said by some that our perception of our heavenly Father can sometimes be, for good or bad, based on our experience with our earthly father.  My dad has modeled that, for just as my heavenly Father is One of mercy, discipline, justice, and love, so too has my dad demonstrated those same traits.

Through all of that, he taught me…

…how to hunt and fish, and thus, to appreciate the outdoors.

…how to love baseball, and how to win and lose with grace.

…how to tie a tie, and when to wear one.

…how to shake a hand, and look people in the eye.

…how to carry a pocketknife, and to always know where it is.

…how to birth a calf, with wonder and awe at God’s created ones.

…how to drive, and have responsibility.

…how to haul hay and plant a garden, with an appreciation for hard work.

And the list goes on.  As he taught me, he modeled…

…the commitment of being a husband.

…the joy and pain of being a father.

…how to work hard and put in an honest day’s work.

…the importance of being active in church.

…how to be a follower of Christ.

Through it all, my dad was always there.  Always at home.  Always at my games.  And, now, always a phone call away.  He encouraged, supported, disciplined, loved, punished, and listened.  He not only said it, but he lived it.

Through all of the good times and bad, he was a dad and a father.

I hope that my sons experience the same.


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8 responses to “My Dad

  1. Pjmoore

    He said this was the best birthday present he could have had. He had rather have this blog than all the money in the world. Thank you for making his day.

  2. What a wonderful expression of love for Archie. Thank’s for sharing it with the rest of us.

  3. Leigh Ann Jones

    How perfectly and sweetly said! Happy Birthday to Uncle Archie!!!

  4. Linda

    What a wonderful tribute to your dad!
    Those are the best gifts we can ever give to
    our loved ones.

  5. Sam Crawford

    How true! My family & I are blessed to be a part of Arch’s sphere of influence. His wisdom & spiritual insight has benefitted me many times over. An excellent tribute to a faithful man of God!

  6. Slater Murphy

    Mark, thank you for this wonderful tribute! Bro. Archie spoke words of wisdom into this young minister’s life at just the right times. One of his best was, during all of the push and pull of Living Pictures prep, with some things going well and others not so good, the memorable line: “Slater, just remember, in every big operation you’ve got to expect a few losses.” It was perfect for the moment and helped me to chill out a bit! I loved and admired your Dad.

  7. Kay Heath

    I remember Mr. Archie with a smile on his face and a kindness in his heart !

  8. Jim Pearson

    Mark, what a wonderful tribute to your Dad, and no doubt that he is sitting in the presence of Jesus, smiling with pride and affection for you, his son, a man of God and of whom your Dad surely must be so proud of. Something tells me that your sons feel the same way towards their Dad! Love you Brother; stay the course!

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