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"Threads of Love" Donor Memorial Quilt: Quilt 43

Dennis Mattson

This quilt square’s a memory of the many things Dennis loved doing. Having fun, being goofy, while still a caring, loving family man. A husband, father, brother, uncle, pop-pop and friend to many. Dennis loved working on cars, getting his hands dirty with his wife and kids. Dennis left behind a wife, three children, three grandchildren, and puppy dogs. After he and his wife became empty-nesters they decided on travelling more, their favorite place to travel was Skyline Drive, traveling the mountaintops. He loved camping, fishing, attending classic car shows and annual events with his family.

While he was taken far too early, the day we got that phone call from Gift of Life there was no doubt that we could say no, we knew he could help others while living in our hearts. Those who knew him, knew that he would help anyone, give them the shirt off his back, even give his last dollar in his pocket to a complete stranger.

“My Dad”

I know this man

Who is dear to my heart

Suddenly one day

It was torn all apart

This man taught me everything

That I needed to know

But I never really listened

Until he had to go

He gave me love

And touched my life

It’s all over now

He no longer has to fight

He tried to teach me

Right for wrong

The day he left

I wasn’t that strong

He is gone now

It is hard to believe

This man is my dad

Who I will never see

But I will see him again

This I know

The day will come

When it’s time for me to go

So I’ll hold him dear

And close to my heart

Cause the day we meet

I know we’ll never be torn apart.

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