February 2014


Joe Biden: Behind the Scenes

As we get older, we are all going to have events in our lives that truly test us as human beings. While both my wife Trisha and I try our best to stay positive, losing loved ones and dealing with illness and injuries certainly presents some serious challenges. In just the last month, I’ve had surgery, my best friend passed away, and recently my wife found out she will have to have some surgery in the next couple of weeks.

None of these events are uncommon for seniors, but when they happen to you, they become the most important things in the world.  So, how do we maintain our sanity during such troubling times? Fortunately for me, I recently witnessed the State of the Union address by President Obama. It was  incredibly boring as most of them are, but it was our indomitable Vice President Joe Biden that provided some much-needed humor.

I may have taken some liberties with my interpretation of events, but it’s all in good fun. Here’s behind the scenes with good ‘ol Joe.

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 Lou Weaver, My Brother

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You may or may not have noticed I haven’t written a blog in some time. There are two reasons for this absence. First, I had to have some very necessary surgery and things have taken a while to heal. Second, and more importantly, my dear friend and Air Force buddy Lou Weaver has been battling cancer over the course of the last year and lost his battle this week.

Clearly, one of the challenges of growing older is the seemly more frequent loss of friends and family. The loss of Lou has been very difficult as he has been a brother to me for more than forty years.

As a tribute to Lou, I have decided to share his obituary in this blog. He was a kind, considerate, and brilliant man. He was also a soft spoken person with mid-western style charm, friendliness, and sense of humor.

I will miss playing guitar and singing with him. I’ll miss our frequent conversations about things only two brothers could understand. I’ll miss simply knowing that he is somewhere in the world any time I want or need to consult him.

Louis Hal Weaver

Louis Hal Weaver, beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend went to be with his Savior and Lord Jesus Christ on Thursday January 30, 2014, at the age of 65.

He was born on April 1, 1948, in Dinuba, California. Lou married his beloved wife Mona Makar in 1977, they made their home in Clovis and thereafter were blessed with two children, Patrick and Kelli.

In the late 60’s Lou put on hold his college education when he was moved to join the United States Air Force. After completing his tour of duty he returned to Fresno State College where he continued his education and received his Masters Degree in Geography and met his future bride.

During his professional career in banking of 23 years his accomplishments were many. His ability to help others achieve their dreams through the counsel and services he provided his clients fulfilledhis inner passion. Not only was Lou a Vice President / Loan Officer with Regency Bank, he taught Geography at The College of the Sequoias, Fresno City College and California State University, Fresno.

He dedicated his life to his family and church, loved ones and community,including the YMCA, the Central California Koi Society and educating the youth of our country. Lou and his wife traveled the world spreading their faith and appreciating all that God has created. 

Lou will be missed by all. We would like to remember our beloved Lou with this scripture:

He fought the good fight, he finished the race, he kept the faith. Now there is in store for him the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to him on that day – and not only to him, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.  2 Timothy 4:7-8

Lou was preceded in death by his father, Louis Weaver; mother, Wanza Mae Weaver; brother, Harland Weaver and his wife Isabel,; and father-in-law, Wahib Atallah Makar. Lou is survived by Mona, his love, his life, his blessing of 36 years; his son Patrick; his daughter Kelli; sister, Jacqueline Hunt and her husband David; his daughter-in-law Jessica; granddaughter Presley; nephews, Denny, Louis and Jacob; niece Deborah; mother-in-law, Effat Makar; sisters-in-law, Eman and Hoda.

A Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel at the Northwest Church on Friday, February 7, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Clovis District Cemetery (corner of Herndon & Villa, Clovis). Viewing will be available in the Chapel on Friday between 10:00 – 10:45 a.m.

The family expresses their sincere gratitude to all the health care professionals for the compassionate care they provided Lou during his ourageous fight with Lymphoma. Special thanks to Lou’s long time

friend and internist Dr. Thomas Griffin. Lou and Mona also want to thank Dr. Ravi D. Rao and his staff for touching their lives and sharing in their struggle.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Northwest Church, 5415 N. West Ave, Fresno, Ca. 93711.

Services entrusted to Farewell Funeral Service http://www.farewell.com

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