The CIO of my company called me today to ask how things were going. I said they were going much better now. We discussed some of the recent events in our division. He went on to thank me for ‘kicking him in the butt’ on Saturday, February 17th. I was taken a bit aback, but he insisted that he was grateful.
I guess somebody has to say what’s on their mind to the top of the management chain, to make things better.
On December 4th, 2017, the world lost a great man. Marvin, or ‘Mac’, grew up in rural Alabama, to an Irish Father and Native American Mother. He had 5 brothers and 3 sisters. It was a tough childhood with just the bare necessities. At an early age he quit school to help support the family.
What a privilege to have Mac as a father-in-law. He taught me that you can fix just about anything with whatever resources you have around you. He made me into a quite competent carpenter. He was generous to a fault, and almost always the optimist. Ornery is how he was often described, how he would chide those that he loved. The outdoors was his place of comfort and beauty. It was rare that he was not familiar with a plant, tree, or animal in the wilds.
He will be greatly missed, his memories will live on.