I have been blessed with a very loving and hard working family. I grew up in a Northwest suburb of Chicago. My father is an Electrical Engineer who worked for Northrup Grumman until he retired at the age of 72, and loves to spend time outdoors in the Northwoods while being a Top-Notch Mr. Fix-it in Hayward, Wisconsin. He was the first male in his family to graduate from high school (and college), and always stressed being patient and doing things right. My mother is a superb teacher who taught into her late 60’s, various grades and subjects, but the longest was Secondary Special Education. She also was the first person in her family to graduate from high school (and college). My mom loves to engage us in deep family discussions where we “solve all the problems of the world.” She served as an Alderman of our city for eight years.
|With my mom, dad and fellow cowboy, Steve (who several years later told our mom |
he wished she would have named him Gus).
|Boompa and Grandma Dujmovic|
|A guy who made every day fun|
My maternal grandma quit high school early to get a job and support her family. She worked in the same factory, for the same book-binding company from age 16 to age 65. She, too, was exceptional: an athlete, an artist, a brilliant card player and so supportive of her family. Her husband (Grandpa Nejedly) once made the newspaper for bowling a 299... Grandma carried on the family bowling tradition well into her 70’s and also enjoyed golf.
|Our parents, grandparents, Steve, and I in front of the Air Force Academy Chapel in Colorado Springs|
My younger brother, Steve, is a USAF Lieutenant Colonel and B-52 Instructor pilot. He has the most hours in the airframe of anyone currently flying it. He is also my best friend, though he lives far away in Louisiana. Growing up, we were both passionate about the original Star Wars' trilogy and the movie Top Gun. We both attended the United States Air Force Academy and served in the Air Force together for several years, though never stationed at the same base.
|My little brother didn't stay my little brother!|
|Fun times when the boys were younger-with my parents,|
and brother, Steve, at Epcot in Florida
|On our way to the Homecoming Dance, October 1988|
In the dating years, we loved to run, bike, canoe, and create interesting dishes in each other’s family kitchens together. While we were separated for my four years of school at the Academy, we would write love letters every week to each other since long distance phone calls were so expensive at the time. (Some of those letters would unfortunately be coated with the murky waters of the Grand Forks Flood of 1997, but Lisa carefully rinsed each one in a kiddie pool of clean water and then clipped all of them to the backyard clothesline to dry and be preserved.) We were married shortly after I graduated from the Academy, and our life together has been wonderful.
|Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder... |
Celebrating our commission to 2nd Lieutenants-USAFA Graduation 1993
Lisa was a beautiful bride, and I felt like the luckiest man alive as tears rolled down my face the day her dad escorted her down the aisle. He placed her arm in mine and then (as Pastor of their church), walked up the two steps of the sanctuary platform, turned around, and performed our wedding ceremony. Lisa comes from a very wonderful, very intellectual family. As well as being a Reverend's wife, her mom, a gifted cellist, also played in a variety of symphony orchestras, taught cello lessons, and was a French tutor.
|Lisa's mom and dad at the wedding reception. The two met while doing graduate work in Oberlin, Ohio. Lisa's dad served 38 years in the ministry before his retirement.|
|A KC-135 Stratotanker Nav Station|
|Pictures taken during our Grand Forks AFB days. I used to always tease David for looking |
like a young politician in this photo- guess the joke's on me as now I'm the one
running for a city office!
|One of David's favorite TV shows was "Blue's Clues." One year, he found "Blue" at the finish line of a Scavenger Hunt on his birthday.|
|Dave (far left) enjoying time with old neighborhood friends|
|There was no one our dog, Duncan, loved more than his buddy, David.|
|Our boys have always been good to one another, and, for that, we are thankful|
Jake is 22 and just graduated with Cum Laude honors from Hamline University this past spring (though the ceremony date is still TBD) with a double major in Business Analytics and Management. He's enjoying working for Mercer as a Healthcare Consulting Analyst. It’s hard to think of something Lisa and I have treasured more over the past four years than watching Jake pitch and play starting shortstop for the Hamline Pipers (and cherishing having been able to witness each moment of the 14 years he played baseball before that). He’s also an amazing 3-point shooter on the basketball court. The past couple summers, he’s been hitting the golf courses hard, trying to get Dad up to speed, though that proves to be a grand challenge!
|With baby dragon, Jake, at a squadron Halloween party. Another one of David's favorite |
TV characters was Elmo, so you can probably sense a theme here...
|Jake rocked it out as Ringbearer for my Cousin Jen's wedding. This is the only picture |
on our fridge, and I think the plan is to leave it there forever. Good times.
|Geese gathering to watch Jake's tee shot|
|These two both did an amazing job of balancing collegiate schooling, athletics, work, and dating!|
|A special hug before dinner- Reilly was able to accompany us to the baseball team's annual Spring Training trip in Arizona last year. This year's trip was canceled due to Covid-19 just a few days before everyone was scheduled to fly down.|
Lisa chose a career in volunteerism beginning when David was born. She used her experience in the classroom to aid our children’s elementary teachers and to teach extra-curricular Challenge Reading to gifted readers as well as help middle school students who were struggling in that subject. She also did some pre-school substitute teaching when the boys were young. At various churches in various locations, she was a nursery worker, Vacation Bible School leader and then co-director, MOPS teacher, Basketball Camp coach, and Care Ministry Director, where she led a team in visiting church members who were hospitalized, delivering meals and cheer to the homes of those who were hurting, had lost loved ones, or were recovering from an illness, and mailed letters of encouragement. Her love and care for others touched so many lives and helped them deal with both spoken and unspoken pain. Lisa is a great listener and empathizer who naturally models both for all who know her.
|Moraine Lake- Banff National Park.|
As a civilian who was no longer deployed, I was really able to plug into our community and had fun teaching Sunday School and leading Senior High Youth Group with Lisa. I enjoyed helping with middle school youth as well (with retreats to Trout Lake Camp being my favorite). I coached 11 years of Baseball, 5 years of Soccer, and 8 years of Basketball, at different levels from 4-year-olds to 18-year-olds. Lisa was always my Team Mom, baseball line-up creator, and kept the book during ballgames. We loved it. Plus, it was nice to have at least one person who smelled good in the dugout! I also served on the Little League Board and on the Church Board, and Lisa was the Coon Rapids High School Booster Club secretary for both the basketball and baseball teams during our sons’ high school sport years. We eventually needed to find a church home that offered Saturday services (since our boys were often participating in Sunday morning traveling basketball games) and have enjoyed membership at Eagle Brook Church for around 12 years now.
Favorite activities within North Oaks have been observing the magical light show of summertime's fireflies, cross-country skiing with neighbors along beautiful trails, walking, biking, and running below a canopy of majestic trees, watching in awe as creatures great and small make their way across our lawn, and enjoying awesome food at the golf club while looking out at the beautiful view. Lisa loved going to Recipe Exchange each month and is so sad it's postponed indefinitely due to Covid-19. Summerfest and Farmfest were both such a great way to enjoy other community members (Dog Show was awesome!). One of our favorite events of last year was hosting The Villagers' Christmas Party. We had such fun talking with so many fascinating people, and Lisa and I noted how refreshing it was that we didn't see one cell phone pop out the entire time anyone was here! We love our neighbors and friends in North Oaks and are always excited to meet more of you!
|To keep things light, Boston Scientific colleague, friend, and fellow North Oak'er, Dan Goldman, and I have done a spoof on Hans and Franz to help recruit people for service projects and campus fitness challenges. |
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|Curious STARBASE students use angioplasty balloons |
to clear Play-doh blockages.
The Play-doh simulates a blockage in an artery.
|My parents, Steve, and me with our dog, Elsa's special contribution to the happiness of the world|
|Our beloved first dog, Indy|
|Dave with our dear Molly and silly Duncan|