What does fatherhood mean to you?
Being there for my children as they grow up. Being a good role model for my children by teaching them responsibility and always providing for them.
What is the best part of being a dad?
Watching your children grow - from infants, to toddlers, to school-children, to teenagers and then finally to adulthood.
What is your proudest moment as a dad?
Our daughter Lynn was murdered in 1987 in an act of domestic violence. In 1995, I began working to change laws so that other families wouldn't have to go through what we did. Because we had to go to many parole hearings every couple of years, we were constantly on an emotional roller coaster.
I wanted to change the law so that violent offenders would have to serve 75 percent of their sentence before they were eligible for parole. In 2004, the bill was finally passed and my family stood on the west steps of the Capitol, with Representative Andrew Romanoff and Senator Jim Dyer, as they publicly named the new law "Lynn's Law".
What do you and your children do for fun?
When my kids were younger, we used to go fishing, play badminton and video games. Now that they are older, we have family gatherings - barbeques and watching sports and pay-per-view events on television.
What is the hardest part about being a dad?
Watching your children make mistakes and not always being able to protect them.
What kind of dad do you strive to be?
A fair and loving father.
Describe your funniest moment as a dad
On her first Easter, we gave our daughter JoAnne a chocolate bunny and within a few minutes, she had more on her face then in her stomach.
When Lynn was three, a neighbor girl hit her big sister. Lynn was so angry that she walked down the sidewalk with her tiny fists clenched saying "I'm going to kick her butt".
Our son Art was a preemie and very small for his age. When he was almost four years old, he was only the size of a toddler. One day we were at a birthday party and a woman came up to him thinking he was just a baby and asked him if he wanted a piece of cake. He replied "yes and bring me some ice cream, too." She laughed in surprise at hearing such a small boy talking.
On our son James' first birthday our whole family gathered together. His birthday cake was sitting on the coffee table and as we sang "Happy Birthday" he dove face first into the cake. There was very little left for the rest of us!
After Lynn's death, we were given guardianship of her two-year-old son Matthew. Once he moved in with us, he quickly earned the nick-name "Harvey Wallbanger" because he was always looking behind him to see where he had been, not where he was going. Tape sutures soon became a staple in our household and traveled everywhere with us. To this day, we still carry them with us everywhere we go.
What would you hope that your kids would say about you if asked what kind of dad they have?
One who has always cared for us and one who has always been willing to help anyone in need. A father who always tries to make things better for others.
What is the most important piece of advice you've received about fatherhood?
To always be there for your children as they are growing up.
What would you consider to be your most inspiring moment as a dad?
When we have family gatherings, there are now four generations who attend. We raised four children and one grandson (Lynn's son) and now our family has grown to include 13 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
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