My dad grew up on a farm in central Wisconsin with 14 brothers and sisters. He never went beyond 8th grade but his basic intelligence was great.

He became a cabinet maker, but the Depression in the 1930s and 1940s did not call for too many cabinet makers. Like everyone else, he had to change professions and became a welder at International Harvester. He became a union leader and was president of his local and regional union. He left the union and retired.

He was raised as a Catholic and taught me about Jesus and Christianity. He made sure I said my prayers and followed the Commandments. More importantly, he taught me about service to my fellow man and he was there when I needed him.

All dads should be honored, as they are the backbone of the family.

He was, and still is, my hero.

Jim Dublinski, Salt Lake City