Dad Died Today


Dad'sHeadshot---1My Father passed away about 1 pm this afternoon, here at home. His condition had been deteriorating quickly. But this really caught us all off guard in terms of speed.

However, we are all in agreement that this is a blessing. He was not in pain. And he was enough of a control freak that he wouldn’t have wanted to linger.

We will be planning a memorial service at Northaven at some time soon, but those plans aren’t yet known.

As always, these posts about my Dad have a song with them. (In the first link…)

Today, it’s “Passenger Seat” by Death Cab for Cutie.”

This song reminds me of being a kid with Dad, when we had the same conversation about “shooting stars and satellites.” He loved space. He loved being a Dad, and was a great one.

I invite you to honor him with me by giving it a listen.

We love you Dad…and we miss you.

More soon.


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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

One thought on “Dad Died Today

  1. Oh, no! I am sorry. He looked like a nice kind man too–and I’m glad you had a good dad 🙂 Hope you are alright, or as alright as it’s possible to get at times like this 😦

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