In December of 2017 Colorado lost two great men that I was fortunate to know. Deputy Zack Parrish and "Farmer Dave" Snow. 9NEWS wrote an article about my rememberance of Zack at this link. Let me tell you about Dave, a fellow adoptive father of kiddos from Ethiopia, below.
Marcia and I met Dave in 2011 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, when Marcia and I traveled to adopt our first daughter. Marcia and I were checking into a small guest house (hotel), when we saw a smiling man holding a beautiful Ethiopian girl in his arms on the second floor of the balcony. This was Dave and we immediately connected with him. Dave was staying in Ethiopia for months, trying to finalize the adoption the beautiful girl in his arms. There were complications in paperwork and the adoption agency advised Dave to go back home and wait out the process. Dave refused. He wanted to get the girl out of the orphanage and take care of her. This was Dave.
The guest house in Ethiopia was called the Yekah House and we ate many meals together with Dave. This guest house served wonderful Ethiopian meals in a communal room, so we had the chance to spend a lot of quality time with Dave. We learned he lived in Boulder and was married to Seana Grady, owner of the Boulder Waldorf Kindergarten. Dave was a computer whiz, which was helpful in Ethiopia where things like Wi-Fi just don't work the same way as in the States. Marcia ended up staying in Ethiopia for several weeks at the Yekah House with our daughter as we awaited our adoption process paperwork. When I had to return home to work, it was comforting for me to know that Dave was there too while Marcia and our daughter remained in Ethiopia.
Our relationship with Dave continued in Colorado and he invited us to his beautiful home in north Boulder for a big summer party with other Ethiopian adoptive families. Dave and Seana were amazing hosts and our daughter loved exploring their mini-farm back yard with goats, chickens, dogs, cats, and rabbits! (hence, "Farmer Dave") Our daughter also loved jumping on their huge trampoline, which inspired us to eventually get a trampoline in our backyard too.
Dave passed away on December 21, 2017, after a brave battle with cancer. He loved the ocean, so he spent his final days with his family on the beach in Paamul, Mexico. I loved seeing Dave's photos on Facebook from the beach. He always had a smile. He was a great man. Rest in Peace, Dave.
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