By Bryan Dooley – Idaho Press Tribune
Nampan Wil Wineman was named Father of the Year Friday evening at a banquet hosted by the Healthy Families Network.
Wineman’s three children, ranging in age from 11 to 17, described their father as a widower, retired Navy chaplain and cancer survivor who has taught and supported them and passed on his strong faith in God. An essay written by the three was the basis for Wineman’s selection.
“To have your children write something like that … makes me most humble,” an emotional Wineman said after the presentation. “I’m the most blessed dad in the world. All three of my kids love the Lord. All three of my kids love people.”
Marty Tadman, the event’s keynote speaker and a former member of the Boise State University Broncos football team, shared some of his experiences and thoughts as the recent father of two young daughters.
Tadman, who played for the Broncos from 2004 to 2007, was named Defensive Most Valuable Player of the 2007 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, among a long list of other accolades.
“That’s nothing to me, if I could have my girls write that about me,” he said of the essay written by Wineman’s children.
Tadman described the initial fear and disappointment he felt when he learned his wife was pregnant and he would have to set aside plans to continue his football career, and how it quickly gave way to awe and joy in fatherhood.
“The only thing I want to do is live a life that makes my girls proud enough that they go look for a husband that’s just like their daddy,” he said.
Wineman, who attends Nampa’s First Church of the Nazarene, was one of four fathers selected from local church communities as a candidate for Father of the Year.
John Daurer, Ted Rudder and Bob Solomon also received honors.
Nampa Police Chief Bill Augsburger presented a plaque to each of them recognizing their service as fathers and as examples to the community, and carrying the phrase: “Fathers change the world, one child at a time.”
Children salute the father they love
We nominate our father as an outstanding dad because he is. He is trying to raise us with a heart for God, and he’s doing a great job. My dad is a widower and a retired Navy chaplain. He retired early because he got cancer and had to leave. He was a Lieutenant Commander. His cancer came back, but it’s gone now. He gets tired, but he keeps on going.
Even though he is involved in a lot of things, like our schools, our church, our church district, NNU, and helping friends, we know that we are his priority. He is a good example.
Our daddy inspires us. He teaches us that God is a real part of our lives. We know he loves God, because his life shows it. He’s strict, but he’s fair. He knows he’s not perfect, but he says, “I’m sorry.” He forgives easily, too. He keeps track of our homework, sports, school, church activities and friends. He can’t do some physical things, but he usually tries because he wants us to feel supported. He listens to us and gives good advice, even when we don’t want to hear it.
“Family” means a lot to our daddy. We have dinner together, devotions every day, and game nights. We like that he tucks us in bed, too.
In our van, we were talking about friends, and our daddy said something that we will always remember.
He said, “I am your father. You have great friends, and one day, I hope you will call me a friend, but I am most of all your father. That is what I am called to be on this earth and I will honor my position the best I can. And I want you to know, I love my job!”
Our dad is the best dad!
Kristina, Becki and Larry Wineman
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