Keystone Law June 2019

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The Most Inspiring Man I Know My Father

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads and granddads who read this newsletter! As a father, I know what a steep learning curve raising kids can be, but I’ve recognized how rewarding it is as well. On this particular Sunday, I’m especially grateful to have learned from one of the best. My father set the gold standard for what every dad should be. It really is ironic that the better your parents are, the more you take them for granted. I always had a great relationship with my mother and father, and I recognized how lucky that made me pretty early on in my life. But it wasn’t until I became a dad myself that I understood just how much time and energy my father gave my sisters and me. My father was my soccer coach from the time I was 5 years old until my senior year of high school. For over a decade, I spent Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, as well as weekend games, outside with my dad. Reflecting on those memories today, I realize how precious those moments were and how hard my father pushed himself to make them a reality. After all, he had a lot going on in his professional life. The story of my father’s career is the American dream come to life. Moving from Mexico in his mid 20s, he’d gotten jobs doing residential remodels and the like. Then one day, he transitioned to being an orderly at a local hospital and saw an opportunity for advancement. The more my father worked, the more responsibilities he asked for. He never missed an opportunity to help with a task or undertake a challenge beyond his job description. Before my father knew it, he was cleaning surgical equipment. Then he was asked to be in the operating room itself and pass

instruments to doctors. Finally, after decades of hard work and no medical degree to speak of, he was certified as a surgical assistant, the second in command under the doctor performing the surgery. Even then, my father kept up his “I can do more” attitude. He eventually became one of the few assistants in Arizona trained in arthroscopic surgery to remove the vein for a heart bypass — a minimally invasive alternative to a normally high-risk procedure that can require months of recovery. Suddenly, the procedure was in high demand by hospitals across the valley. When my father finally retired, some of the top doctors in the state tried to talk him out of it, but he’d more than earned his rest. I don’t share this story because it’s amazing in its own right; I share it because my father still found the time to play soccer with me as a

boy, even when he was working hard. Now he and my mom are living their retirement to the fullest and love spending time with their kids and grandkids. In a very real way, they are the inspiration behind why we do what we do here at Keystone. More than anything, my father is a reminder of why I do what I do as a father.

Thanks for everything, Dad,

-Francisco

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