Jim's dad is what I like to call a "salty" man. He's a former Marine who's had some difficult times in his life. He and Jim weren't really close growing up, but as Jim became a man, they grew closer. When Jim was ill, Dave made the trip to Michigan as much as he was able. He's a rough man with rough language and habits. But he had a soft spot for Jim, and
once Marley came along... well, it was all over.
We still visit him now that Jim has passed, and he's always got cookies and milk for Marley.
He's always thought she was funny, and he laughs at just about anything she does.
She's the apple of his eye.
These are some of my favorite photos of the three of them.