Dad life

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Julie Thorson and Sam Moser

In honor of Father’s Day, The Messenger reached out to area leaders to ask them to tell us about their dads.

Here’s what they had to say:

Sam Moser, father of Julie Thorson, Friendship Haven CEO

Fathers and sons certainly have a special relationship, but my father and this oldest daughter have had a unique relationship, one in which I feel forever grateful and blessed to experience. Since I was brought to football games at Sioux Falls College as a baby my dad has taught me to be a coach. Not necessarily an athletic coach but a coach in life.

Our conversations over the years have always centered around motivating, inspiring, leading, advising giving and receiving, and of course cheering each other on. His advice to me and to so many others is memorable, funny and many times life altering. One of the best pieces of advice my dad has given me and I often reference is “if you try and please everyone all the time you end up pleasing no one.”    

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Bob Martin and Dawn Siebken

Sam Moser is an inspiration; he is my father,

and I am one lucky lady.

Bob Martin, father of Dawn Siebken, Fort Dodge Deputy City Clerk

On Father’s Day, I would like to honor my dad,

Bob Martin, who passed away April 30. 

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Quintin Nelson and Cameron Nelson

My dad was a loving, Christian man that raised me to believe and follow God’s word. By his own actions, my dad showed me how to work hard and be grateful for the many blessings bestowed upon us. One of my greatest memories as a child is my dad buying an old school bus and remodeling into a camper bus so our family could stay at Kennedy Park and Adventureland campground. The fun we had making pie iron grilled cheese and cherry pies! Dad taught me how to drive a clutch with his Ford Pinto the night before I took my driver’s license test. I backed it into the ditch but he never got angry and encouraged me to try again without lead in my foot. My dad taught me important skills like confidence, patience, resilience, respect and kindness. I miss our routine walks around the Smeltzer House, our pizza dates at Community Pizza, and attending recitals and concerts together.

I love you and miss you, Dad.  

Quintin Nelson, father of Cameron Nelson, Fort Dodge City Councilman

I wouldn’t be the man I am today if it wasn’t for my dad. Most kids would bring a toy or a pet to school for show and tell as kids. I would bring my dad. My dad was a Fort Dodge Police Officer for over 30 years until he retired in 2020 as a Captain. Because of this he taught me two things from a very young age. How to excel in your profession and public service for others. I always had a lot of pride in my dad being a cop and helping others. I would hear stories all the time growing up from people on how he helped them when they were at their lowest or how he taught them in DARE in school. It made me want to be of service to the Fort Dodge community as well. I started doing everything I could from the time I was 18 years old to help Fort Dodge. All the way up until this year when I ran for City Council in Fort Dodge. I did all of it because my dad taught me to spend my time being of service to others. I also strive to be the best I can at my job because I saw him rise to the rank of Captain and work hard to achieve what he accomplished. I could go on and on and write a book about all the lessons my dad taught me through my 30 years of life or countless examples of how I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it wasn’t for him. But to keep it short and to the point. I will just say this, some kids find their heroes in comic books growing up.

My dad, Quintin Nelson is my superhero.  

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Casey Johnson, father of Matt and Nick Johnson, Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota

This Father’s Day we want to express our gratefulness for your impact in our lives. You’ve always been a wonderful father and as we’ve grown you have become an incredible friend and mentor as well. We appreciate your insight and leadership in life and business. We are incredibly proud to follow in your footsteps and carry on your legacy of community involvement and caring for those around you. You’re a man of great integrity, kindness and generosity. Your influence has helped shape us into who we are today. We couldn’t be more proud and thankful to have such an excellent example of what it means to be a father.

Happy Father’s Day, Dad.

With Gratitude and Love,

Matt and Nick


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