My Dad: The World Needs More People Like Him

I have composed interviews with inspiring people, wrote dedications about inspiring people, and all the while I left one person out of my writings who deserves as much praise as anyone I know. Forget about me, but there are a lot of people, including my siblings who would not be the people they are without the guidance and support of my father, Troy Bruner.

I’m 29 years old, nearly 30– and there aren’t many weeks that go by that I don’t hear a story from someone about how my dad really helped them out. He really does put others first always and sometimes at the expense of his free time and relaxation. His constant life of service has inspired me beyond what I can even put into words, whether I make that clear to him or not. Overall, my dad is a guy that would help out anyone who needs it and be completely null of judgement, which is hard to find in this world.

Like my mother, my dad probably will not be thrilled about the fact that I am writing this about him, but again, I think it is essential to publicly honor the people who deserve it. Dad has always been a great role model for my siblings and I, but what I didn’t realize until I got a bit older was how much of an impact he has had on many other people throughout our community and beyond. Dad follows his children’s interests and endeavors relentlessly. Beyond that he follows his friend’s children’s interests with a similar passion. He is someone that people can truly rely on in any situation.

Beyond the people of this community, my dad is a huge fan of anything or anyone his children are affiliated with. I got my first coaching job in 2007 and at the end of that season I wasn’t real sure how good of a job I did just because I’m really hard on myself, but out of nowhere I noticed my dad had left me a picture of myself coaching and he wrote a note to me about how proud he was of me as a coach…seems pretty standard, but that picture and note uplifted me beyond what words can describe. Dad follows my educational/coaching careers religiously and he does the same for my brother and sister’s careers, as well.

I could give multiple examples of my dad’s service to our community and beyond, but the best I can give is his generous donation to the South Harrison wrestling team. Dad had bought a used wrestling mat at Marceline and decided to bring it up to Bethany and donate it to the wrestling team for the walls in the wrestling room. I’m sure that sounds fairly standard, but what I haven’t mentioned is that I was leaving Bethany and not going to be coaching there the next season. He delivered it on one of my last days in Bethany and obviously expected nothing in return, he just wanted the kids that I had coached and the future wrestlers of that school to have a safe place to practice. That act of generosity and kindness will be something that I remember forever.

From his volunteer work to his business endeavors, it’s likely that a large percentage of the people in Marceline have had a conversation with my dad and I’m confident that he leaves people with a lasting impression of kindness. I could write about him forever, but I just want to dedicate this post to him on behalf of my mom, siblings, and I because I know for a fact none of us would be where we are without his love and support. My dad and us children have a very mouthy relationship, but do not mistake that for a lack of respect on our part because him and my mom are on the same page when it comes to the amount of respect that we have for them, which equates to as much as humanly possible.

To My Dad:

Thanks for your undying support of your family and many others in our community and beyond. Thanks for always checking up on us and showing that you care SO much.
And most importantly, thanks for showing me what being a dad should look like.
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