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Fred Orr, Best Southwest Architect, Passes At 78

Fred Orr

Fred Orr Passes Away Months After Older Brother

DESOTO—A local star went dim, as Best Southwest citizens say goodbye to former statesman Freddie Ray Orr. Just months after his older brother, Roy Orr, succumbed to congestive heart and liver failure in late January, Fred joined his brother in eternity. Services were held Saturday, June 25 at Preston Road Church of Christ, Dallas.

Freddie Ray Orr was born to Willis Orr and Audra Mae Orr on February 9, 1938, in DeSoto, Texas. He married Lottie Jacqueline King on September 4, 1959. He passed away on June 22, 2016 and is survived by his wife Jacqueline, daughter Angelia and John Wolf, granddaughter Lauren and Chris Kelly, great granddaughter Holly; son Greg and Melissa Orr, grandsons Hunter, Sutton, Dawson and granddaughter Madison; daughter Brooke and Kerry Stark, grandson Tanner and granddaughter Rylie.Fred and Jackie were highschool sweethearts attending Lancaster High School in Lancaster, Texas.

Fred Orr graduated from University of North Texas in 1960. The Orr’s then moved to Electra, Texas, where Fred was a biology teacher, football coach and girls’ basketball coach.

His Civic Contributions

One of his proudest civic contributions was being the youngest representative in the Texas State Legislature in Austin. He represented Dallas County from 1967 to 1977. During Fred’s terms as a state representative, his accomplishments included:

  • Co-authored the nation’s first Complete Anatomical Gift Act
  • Member, Organ Transplant Committee
  • Member, Health and Welfare Committee
  • Chairman, Special Task Force on Reorganization of the Health Delivery Agencies
  • Vice Chairman, Subcommittee on Mental Health and Mental Retardation
  • Chairman, Local Government Subcommittee
  • Chairman, Special Task Force on Product Liability Impact on Texas

Impact In DeSoto

In 1961, the family moved to DeSoto, Texas, and Fred entered into Civic leadership and established Oak Cliff Insurance Agency. His list of civic contributions include:
  • Youngest DeSoto City Councilman, 1963
  • Board Trustee, Charlton Methodist Hospital
  • Founder, International Economic Development Council
  • Charter Member, DeSoto Jaycees and Founder, DeSoto Chamber of Commerce
  • Founder, Greater Dallas South Chamber of Commerce (now Best Southwest Chamber of Commerce)
  • Board Member, Lancaster Memorial Auditorium
  • DeSoto Industrial Foundation
  • Texas District, Boy Scouts of America
  • Chartered Red Oak State Bank and First National Bank of DeSoto
  • Established and coached in the Pee Wee Football League of DeSoto, and coached Pony Baseball League
  • Promoter, Coors Classic International Cycling Event ( sanctioned event for the Olympics – Texas Cup, 1986)
  • Chairman of the Piper Cub Club

Most importantly to Fred, he was a lifelong member of the Christ of Christ and devoted his time and talents to shepherding others by being an elder in the DeSoto, Ovilla and Preston Road Churches of Christ. He was co-founder of New Friends, New Life and Christ Family Clinic. Fred enjoyed being a private consultant to President Bill Teague of Abilene Christian University, and was Foundation President of Texas State Technical College. He was also a proud supporter of City Square’s Cottages of Hickory Crossing.

Fred enjoyed his church, family, golf and was a Dallas Cowboys season ticket holder from the team’s inaugural season through their final year at Texas Stadium.

The family extends a special heartfelt thank you to doctors Alfredo Jimenez, Frank Brancaccio and Hugh McClung for the outstanding and compassionate care Fred received. In lieu of flowers, please make Memorial Contributions to: Christ Family Clinic: 6409 Preston Rd., Dallas, TX 75205 214.261.9500 or City Square: 511 N. Award St. #302, Dallas, Texas 75201 214.827.1000.

Old-Fashioned Fourth at Heritage Village


DALLAS—One of Dallas Heritage Village’s most beloved annual events, Old Fashioned Fourth, will offer free admission this year in honor of the Village’s 50th Anniversary at Heritage Village. On Monday, July 4, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., families, decked out in red, white, and blue, will celebrate Independence Day throughout 13 acres of Dallas Heritage Village, 1515 S. Harwood Street, with picnicking and a parade as well as fun games and activities.

“This year we thought it would be fun to bring back some activities from favorite past events over the last 50 years,” said Melissa Prycer, president and executive director, Dallas Heritage Village. “From Dairy Day and Circus in the Park to Teddy Bear Picnic and puppet shows, guests will have a chance to enjoy these fun activities along with all the traditional ones, making for a memorable holiday celebration at the Village.”

Visitors may learn what it is like to milk a cow at the Dairy Day area. Also, nestled under the shade trees guests may participate in circus games like juggling at our Circus in the Park experience. Kids will enjoy spotting Teddy bears in each of our buildings and participating in puppet shows in Browder Springs Hall.

A highlight of the day is always the patriotic parade. Kids bring their red wagons and decorate them at the craft station for the parade around the Village, beginning at noon. The Junior Historians, volunteers ages 11-18, will hold their annual carnival with game booths of skill and chance as well as the popular stick pony race for ages 3-11. “Go fishing” for prizes and bean-bag toss rank among the annual favorites.

Historic games like horseshoes and graces and checkers will also be available. Throughout the village, musical performances will keep toes tapping. Historic buildings will be open for touring, and costumed interpreters will be on hand to visit about life in North Texas from 1840 to 1910.

The saloon is a popular afternoon spot for a cold root beer and a game of cards or dominoes. Popcorn, cotton candy, water bottles and root beer will be for sale. Dallas Heritage Village is located 1515 S. Harwood, in Dallas. Visit dallasheritagevillage.org.

Dallas Heritage Village, celebrating 50 years in 2016, is an immersive history landscape that features a wide variety of authentic 19th century pioneer and Victorian homes and commercial buildings in Texas. The Village is set on 20 acres with over 25 historic structures depicting life in Dallas from 1840-1910. Dallas Heritage Village is one of only 5 nationally accredited museums in the Dallas area.

The Village showcases a Victorian Main Street, a railroad complex, a log cabin, a pre-Civil war home, an 1860’s farmstead with livestock, a 19th century church, schoolhouse and more. Dallas Heritage Village has been recognized for multiple awards. It is located at 1515 South Harwood, in the Cedars area with urban living and restaurants, near downtown Dallas and the popular Farmer’s Market complex. Hours of operation are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

The Village is closed the months of January and August. General Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors 65+ and $5 for children ages 4 through 12 years. Children under 4 and members of Dallas Heritage Village are admitted free of charge.

Cedar Hill Pet Memorial Project Taking Applications for Grant


Cedar Hill Pet Memorial Project Supports K9s

CEDAR HILL—An active K9 on a police force takes a beating in his job. Probably even more so than many of the police working the beat alongside. Since he, rarely is the K9 a she, is the one chasing down the bad guy with a precision nose for finding the needle in the haystack.

Unfortunately, that tough job takes a toll on man’s best friend. That’s why the folks at the Cedar Hill Pet Memorial Project decided to initiate a grant with money earmarked for the four-legged hero and his two-legged hero counterpart.

Called the “Shadow Fund,” the grant money is designed to cover the medical costs associated with a retired K9. The first grant disbursal for the “Shadow Fund” launched on January 1, 2016 and Corporal Michael McCorkle, a K9 Handler at the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office received the money. McCorkle and his retired K9 German Shepherd named Jax were referred by an ex-partner at the Cedar Hill Police Department who was a K9 handler himself.

The referral by Cedar Hill Corporal J.R Podany also traces back to McCorkle’s time working in Cedar Hill alongside he and his K9 named “Shadow,” the dog whose name has been memorialized through the Cedar Hill Pet Memorial Project grant.

The Shadow Fund

Jax honorably served in active duty in disciplines of Narcotics, Patrol & Tracking from 2007 to 2014, but the McCorkle family was taken by surprise one day when he came down with a sudden onset of high fever and diarrhea that immobilized him. The blood tests revealed an infection that required immediate medical attention at the Animal Emergency Hospital of Mansfield. Members of the Shadow Fund board approved the expenses. Jax and McCorkle were awarded the first grant from the Shadow Fund.

The Shadow Fund is an advocacy program that grants financial assistance to handlers of retired K9s. When the K9 is retired in many situations the handler takes the dog and is fully responsible for the medical bills associated with caring for the K9. Often these dogs face debilitating injuries and medical conditions as a result of their service to the community and nation.

“Under his [Podany’s] advice, Cedar Hill Pet Memorial Project Inc. created the “Shadow Fund” and the first grant cycle,” said Atul Kapur, Public Relations Director for the Cedar Hill Pet Memorial Project.

Since the success of that first grant awarded at the beginning of the year, the folks at the Cedar Hill Pet Memorial Project Shadow Fund are eager to begin the second application cycle. That cycle will begin on July 1, 2016 through the end of the month.

Kapur said that the grant amount in July will be $1500.

“To date, the Shadow Fund has $5500 in funds to disburse,” Kapur said. “All future grants and disbursements will be decided by the Board of Directors, based on availability of funds.”

How To Support The Shadow Fund

The application will be available beginning on July 1 at www.CedarHillPetCemetery.org under the Shadow Fund tab.

The Shadow Fund has been made possible through the support of both individuals and especially the Petco Foundation. Contributors include local PETCO stores across the DFW Metroplex. The fund operates as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and provides a tax exemption for its donors.

Donations to the Shadow Fund can be made online or through a check payable to:

The Shadow Fund
c/o Cedar Hill Pet
Memorial Project, Inc.
P.O. Box 1418
Cedar Hill, TX 75106-1418

Dallas CASA Sets Dates For 2016 Parade Of Playhouses

Parade of Playhouses

Dallas CASA 2016 Parade of Playhouses

DALLAS—CASA’s Parade of Playhouses, which features imaginative and creative playhouses on display in NorthPark Center, will be open daily during mall hours July 15 to 31. The playhouses are designed, built and donated to Dallas CASA by local designers, architects and builders and are available to win by raffle at the end of the event. All proceeds from raffle benefit abused and neglected children served by Dallas CASA.

Parade of Playhouses, Dallas CASA’s premier awareness event, not only raises funds but also spreads the word about the role of volunteer advocates to more than 1,000,000 visitors to the event. Dallas CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children removed from their homes. Amidst an overwhelmed child welfare system, judges need detailed and current information in order to make the best decisions on behalf of children in the protective care of the state. In 2015, more than 921 local volunteers advocated for 2,680 Dallas children. However, nearly 2,000 abused children did not have a CASA volunteer.

Dallas CASA recently named Becca Haynes Leonard as director of development just in time for Parade of Playhouses. Leonard brings ten years of nonprofit development experience to Dallas CASA. Most recently director of fund development at Austin Street Center, she has previously worked for Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support and Attitudes & Attire.

Funds raised from Parade of Playhouses will help the agency continue its growth trajectory to serve all children in need. Dallas CASA has been on an unprecedented growth path since 2012, when it launched a $37 million capital campaign called “Abused Children Can’t Wait.” The campaign aimed to change Dallas CASA’s focus from the children with a volunteer advocate to the children without a volunteer advocate, making the agency’s goal to serve every child in need. Since then, Dallas CASA staff has grown by 52 percent, advocates have grown by 50 percent, children served has grown by 53 percent and the organization has moved into a new 25,020 square foot building to accommodate the growth.

All children have the right to be safe. In 2015, more than 4,600 abused and neglected children were in the protective care of the state because it wasn’t safe for them at home. Sadly, two out of five of these children did not have CASA volunteer advocates to speak for them.

For many abused children, a CASA volunteer is the only constant adult during a frightening, uncertain time. CASA volunteers gather information to help judges decide where these children can safely and permanently live. CASA volunteers can make an immediate and critical difference in the lives of abused children. Dallas CASA hopes to become the largest nonprofit CASA program in the country to serve all abused children in protective care.

Devil, You Can’t Steal My Joy


By Donald Lee – Special to Focus Daily News

I believe there’s a big misperception generally that the devil is out to rob people of their “things” (as in material things). These material possessions include their homes, their jobs, their hobbies — things that they hold dearly to their hearts.

And when they lose these things, they also lose their “joy,” their peace, their sense of accomplishment. As a result, they become filled with depression, malice, hatred, hardened hearts, and they begin to wallow in self-pity and envy toward others.

Some people resort to entertaining thoughts of suicide. Some have committed suicide, literally, while others have done so emotionally or metaphorically. This is because they haven’t learned or understood that it is not the “things” that people have that the devil is after. Oh, sure, they are means to an end. Don’t get me wrong.

But the devil knows that if he can deceive or dupe people out of their joy — if he can rob you out of your joy — he can render you harmless to his kingdom (of darkness), he can protect his interests, which include keeping people in defeat, his attempt to throw a jab at God.

Romans 12:12 (NIV) says, Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. James 1:2-4 adds, Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

In other words, the Lord is reminding us that when the devil attacks us, the Lord has already installed in us a mechanism to continue functioning at an optimal level. That mechanism is the joy of the Lord, which the Holy Spirit in every believer possesses. The Spirit of the true and living God reminds us that trials and setbacks are nothing more than mere tests to promote us to the next dimension in God’s blessings for our lives. In them, we grow — we mature.

Philippians 4:4 tells us, Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! If that’s not reassuring, I don’t know what is. Put another way, whenever the devil hits you with his best shot, know that the joy God gave you — when utilized — smacks the devil right back — hard!!! And rather than you getting frustrated and forfeiting the control God gave you, the devil gets frustrated. If anybody is to get frustrated and become a nervous wreck, let it be the devil, not you.

So, when the devil attacks you, remember to remind him that he’s barking up the wrong tree. Don’t let him steal your joy.

Donald Lee is founder-pastor of Kingdom Living Christian Center in Dallas. Join him from 9 p.m. – 10 p.m. (CST) Mondays through Fridays for prayer at (218) 862-4590 (code 279498#) and for the Sowing of the Word from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Sundays. He may be reached at (225) 773-2248 or [email protected]

How Texas Became Smart On Crime


Special to Focus Daily News by John Cornyn

WASHINGTON—Thanks to a conservative, common sense approach to criminal justice reform, Texas has seen a dramatic drop in crime during the past decade while incarcerating fewer people.

That’s right: locking people up and throwing away the key, as it turns out, is not always the most effective way to stop crime. It is also an expensive and inefficient way to spend taxpayer dollars. And as conservatives, our commitment to limited government dictates that we think outside the cell to distinguish between those who pose a threat to our communities and those who can be rehabilitated.

Texas decided to become not just tough, but also smart on crime. Beginning in 2007, the state legislature started exploring alternatives to incarceration and endless prison growth, in search of a solution that would lower the rate at which prior offenders commit new crimes after release.

In Texas’ case, the solution began with directing more funding toward mental health and drug treatment while implementing better probation and parole policies. Acknowledging that almost all inmates will end up getting out of prison sooner or later, instead of spending upwards of $2 billion for new prison beds, the state invested a fraction of that in alternatives such as drug courts and proven treatment programs behind bars.

The savings were reinvested as Texas learned of more evidence-based ways to improve the corrections system and help it accomplish its mission of rehabilitating low-level offenders, providing restitution to victims, and reintegrating people into the workforce.

In other states the specifics have varied, but the principles are the same. And the results are impressive. Georgia and South Carolina reduced their crime rates by 11 and 14 percent, respectively, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts. And in Texas and North Carolina, crime rates have dropped by more than 20 percent, according to recent data.

On Capitol Hill, too often, state-level victories are not translated into federal reforms. But the successes of state-based criminal justice reforms can’t be ignored. We may be biased, but the Texas model is worth bringing to the rest of the country.

Now Congress has that chance. The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act is a bipartisan bill that incorporates many of these policies that have proven effective in conservative states – our laboratories of democracy. Importantly, this legislation will also help restore a key part of our criminal justice system that is too often forgotten: rehabilitation.

Through education, job training and faith-based programs, low-level inmates will learn valuable life skills that they can take back home to their communities, helping them become productive members of society.

Because this legislation will go further in making our communities safer, it’s widely supported by law enforcement groups across the nation, including the National District Attorneys Association and the Major County Sheriffs’ Association. Ultimately, this bill has the potential to build on the strengths of the reform efforts in Texas and other states, to save taxpayer dollars and reduce crime rates across the country.

It is time that the federal criminal justice system was made more like Texas. With the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, Congress can take an important step to bring the entire nation a bit closer to that goal.

Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, is a member of the Senate Judiciary and Finance Committees.

Smokey Bear Award Recognizes Texas A&M Forest Service

Texas A&M Forest Service

HOUSTON—A forester with Texas A&M Forest Service was honored with the Bronze Smokey Bear award during today’s Southern Group of State Foresters annual meeting in Mobile, Alabama.

Staff Forester Jonathon Motsinger conceptualized a new way to spread Smokey’s message of personal responsibility in “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires” while marrying the thrill of a treasure hunt, the adventure of an outdoor experience, and the celebration of the bear’s 70th birthday.

The Smokey Bear 70th Birthday Geocoin project enables geocachers to locate, move and log-in 70 trackable Smokey geocoins in a world-wide network of geocaches.

Since the project launched in September 2013, the coins have been tracked across more than 315,000 miles while visiting all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 15 countries on five continents.

Motsinger’s geocoin wildfire prevention campaign also aligns with the U.S Forest Service and Texas A&M Forest Service missions to inspire more parents, children and outdoor enthusiasts to spend time outside and reconnect with nature.

“While there is no way to calculate the number of people affected by this outreach and education campaign, we can confidently say that we have been able to impact a new audience with wildfire prevention messages on a national and global scale,” Texas A&M Forest Service Program Coordinator Karen Stafford said. “None of this would have been possible without the forward thinking and progressive ideas of Jon Motsinger.”

For more information about Texas A&M Forest Service geocaching visit http://texasforestservice.tamu.edu/geocaching/.

Dr. Airen Appointed Cedar Valley Dean Of Student Retention


LANCASTER—Cedar Valley College recently announced the appointment of Dr. Osaro E. Airen as the school’s new Dean of Student Retention & Title III Administrator. Dr. Airen will be directly responsible for planning, managing and directing all activities related to student retention programs and services, including serving as the administrator of a $2.4 million U.S. Department of Education Predominantly Black Institutions grant designed to promote enrollment and participation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs among African-American men in southern Dallas County.

“I can’t think of a more capable or qualified individual to help our students successfully navigate the challenging waters of higher education than Dr. Osaro Airen. His keen insight and understanding of the complex, multifaceted needs of the 21st century student will be invaluable to us as we continue to vigorously help our students achieve their academic goals,” said Dr. Jennifer Wimbish, president of Cedar Valley College.

Prior to joining Cedar Valley College, Dr. Airen served as the Director of Multicultural Affairs at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, and Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb. Earlier in his career, he held senior-level administrative and teaching positions at the City College of New York in New York, N.Y., West Chester University of Pennsylvania in West Chester, Pa., and Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa. Over the course of Dr. Airen’s distinguished career, he has also taught psychology and student affairs graduate degree courses; served on thesis and dissertation committees; and has developed multicultural programming and culturally responsive opportunities designed to support student learning and development.

A native of Los Angeles, Dr. Airen holds a doctorate in Counselor Education from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.; a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Calif.; a master’s degree in Business Administration from Wayne State College; and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside. In addition, Dr. Airen is a licensed professional counselor, national certified counselor and certified disaster support counselor.

“I don’t see my position at Cedar Valley College as a job. I believe it is my life’s duty to pay it forward and provide students with the incredible support I received in my formative years,” said Dr. Airen. “In my new role, I want to positively empower students to obtain their certificates or degrees, as well as help them determine and reach their life goals,” he added.

Active in both civic and professional circles, Dr. Airen is a member of the Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators; National Association for Multicultural Education; African American Heritage Project; Organization of Faith, Education and Community; and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Dr. Airen resides in Dallas with his wife, Rachael, and their 11-month-old son, Osayi. When time permits, he enjoys spending time with his family, exercising and traveling.

Cedar Valley College is one of seven independently accredited colleges that make up the Dallas County Community College District, one of the largest community college systems in the United States. Nationally recognized for its award-winning academic programs, Cedar Valley College equips students for successful living and responsible citizenship in a rapidly changing world, while providing economic benefits to taxpayers, businesses and the community-at-large.

Established in 1977, Cedar Valley College has an enrollment of more than 6,500 students and is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as an African-American Serving Institution and Minority Serving Institution. Located in economically disadvantaged southern Dallas County, Cedar Valley College’s 75 square-mile service area includes the Dallas neighborhoods of Highland Hills, Pleasant Grove and Red Bird, as well as the suburbs of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Glenn Heights, Hutchins, Lancaster, Seagoville and Wilmer.

Nate Cavender Hits A Homerun In Life

Nate Cavender

Nate Cavender DeSoto Native Successful On The Field & The Court

DESOTO—Nate Cavender was born in Desoto and raised in Mesquite where he attended Mesquite Poteet High School. He excelled in three areas: academics, basketball and baseball. In fact, his batting average in his senior year for a few weeks was an impressive .500, which meant he got a hit once every two times he was pitched to. A .300 batting average is considered great and .500 is impressive.

No one has ever hit .500 for an entire season. Baseball hall of Famer and Boston Red Sox Phenom Ted Williams was the last player to hit above .400 and it will probably never happen again. To be considered a top-flight MLB player, .300 is the benchmark. Nate had one of the top batting averages in the metroplex for a short time during his senior year as a Poteet Pirate, but he was realistic: baseball was fun, but not his future.

On the basketball court he was the shooting guard, and he can still hit three-pointers today.

Nate Cavender Had A Plan

Sports were just a part of his overall plan: what Nate really wanted to do in high school was to earn a scholarship to college, to help out his mother, Denise, a dental assistant, and stepfather John, a police officer. Nate knew college would strain the modest family budget, and his hard work in class and at his sports could help him get noticed by college recruiters.

Nate’s involvement in sports and athletics helped him to be awarded a four-year scholarship to Texas Tech. His friendly personality got him an invitation to join Sigma Chi Fraternity and he became President of his fraternity in his junior year.

Four years of studying and going through the ROTC program at Texas Tech earned Nate a Finance degree with an emphasis in Real Estate, and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air force. Nate was selected for a pilot slot in the Air Force through his good grades and hard work ethic. Nate felt fortunate to get into the program, since many apply but few are chosen.

From Pirate to Pilot

Pilots have to make a ten-year commitment after graduating pilot training, and Nate was happy to do so. He was first stationed at McGuire AFB, New Jersey, and then at Joint Base Hickam-Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Nate jokes about “the terrible weather there,” when in reality, it was a beautiful place to work and live.

Nate flew in two wars: Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He logged over 650 combat hours, even being shot at twice, but says his training kept him safe. He received a number of awards including three air medals, earning one each for flying 20 combat missions, and the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM), the highest award presented to those in the U.S. Armed Forces who distinguished themselves by outstanding meritorious achievement or service. He survived two deployments, one to Kuwait for four months, and one in Turkey for four months.

During his time in the Air Force, he met through friends a Dallas Mavericks Dancer named Crystal. They hit it off and began dating. He proposed by flying her in a Cessna over his parent’s property in Sunnyvale, where he had written out the words, “Marry me?!?”

“It wasn’t your typical proposal,” Nate admits, “Because I couldn’t really get down on one knee and propose in the Cessna—there’s no room in the cockpit for that!” But fortunately, Crystal started crying–and said yes.

Crystal got a promotion of sorts about the same time. She tried out for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and made the squad. They married in the preseason so in their first year of marriage the couple was separated for six months, while Crystal cheered in Dallas and Nate was stationed at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey. After the season ended, Crystal moved north to be with Nate in Philadelphia. 2010 was her last season on the Cowboys squad.

Nate’s New Mission

In 2014 the Air Force decided that there were too many pilots and gave the option to get out for those that applied. Nate separated after 8.5 years from the Air Force to come back home to the Dallas area because he missed his family and friends.

“I was gone 200-plus days a year while in the military and realized I missed my friends and family and wanted to start a family of my own.” He separated as a Captain and went back to the other area of his life he loves: the world of finance.

Though he’s no longer saving the world in the military, he feels he’s helping people protect their personal lives by saving them the anguish of losing their assets. After one year working at Merrill Lynch, Nate met Erin Botsford while flying a Botsford client in their private Jet. After being introduced to her through the client, Nate learned her strategy designed to protect her clients’ personal wealth and signed on soon after because, he says, “I really believe in what we are doing here.” In fact, he’s taken on his stepfather as a client, moving his retirement from his former company into the Botsford Financial umbrella. His step-father plans to retire from the police force soon.

Life After The Military

Although he’s no longer on active duty, Nate is still in the Rescue business. His most recent rescue is the dog he found roaming on the street near his uptown home. Nate and Crystal were walking back from dinner at a friend’s house and spotted the mangy German shepherd mix all alone. They brought the puppy home although it was full of ticks and had a parasite, and took him to a vet to get him healthy. They named him Kai, which is the Hawaiian word for ocean.

Now that Nate is “grounded” in ocean-less Dallas, he has his beautiful wife, new puppy Kai, and family and friends close by. His plan to work hard to get ahead in life seems to have been a good one. Now his goal is to work hard to help keep safe and secure his clients’ futures through his financial advice.

Nate can be reached at Botsford Financial through his email: [email protected] or 214-423-4200. He will be speaking at the Oak Cliff Lions Club on Wednesday August 24, 2016 at noon at the Weiss Auditorium located at 1441 N Beckley Ave, Dallas, TX 75203.

Help Clear The Tri-City Animal Shelter


CEDAR HILL—Think 102. And no, that’s not the temperature that Texas is expecting this week, it’s the number of animals at the Tri-City Animal Shelter who are waiting for just the right person to come and take them to their forever home.

A good time to take a trip to the area animal shelter will be on July 23 when an event called Clear the Shelter, a nationwide pet adoption happening, will be helping folks find that perfect new family member.

Nearly 20,000 pets found their forever homes in 2015, when some 400 animal shelters across the country partnered with NBC Owned Television Stations and the Telemundo Station Group. Tri-City Animal Shelter Manager, Tammy Miller said that last year they did 76 adoptions and this year the goal is 100.

Clear the Shelter is a day when the adoption fees are waived and it will be the third year that the Tri-City Animal Shelter in Cedar Hill has participated.

“The first time we were terrified that people would be adopting for the wrong reason,” Miller said. “However, since all the surrounding shelters were participating, we felt obligated to give our animals every chance we could. We did 73 adoptions that year and we were blessed with volunteers who did follow up calls on all of them. What we learned was that it had nothing to do with the adoption fee being waived and was more of a community effort to try and help solve part of a problem.”

Normally, the maximum adoption fee is $110, which is a pretty good deal since it includes over $300 of veterinary services. However, Miller said that the most they ever ask an adopter to pay is an exceptional deal of only $75 because. That’s because The Friends of Tri-City pay $35 towards every animal adopted.

“On Clear the Shelter some agencies are waiving the adoption fee, but there may still be fees for microchip, registration, or some other ancillary cost,” Miller explained.

Tri-City Animal Shelter & Adoption Center will be waiving its entire fee and that will include the pet of choice, the spay or neuter, all age appropriate vaccines, deworming, microchip including registration, and as a special treat there will be many other “throw ins” goodies as a thanks for adopting.

Corey Thompson, Executive Director, Friends of Tri-City Animal Shelter added that even if someone is not able to adopt, they can still support a shelter animal by becoming a 100 by 100 sponsor through the Friends.A 100 by 100 sponsor makes it possible to spay and neuter 100% of the dogs and cats adopted at the shelter by subsidizing the cost of the surgery by $35. Thompson said that spaying and neutering is the most effective way to reduce the number of animals that come into the shelter each year, and is therefore a long-term solution to continuing to reduce the euthanasia rate.

“On average, there are about 100 animals each month that need to be sterilized before being adopted,” Thompson explained. “A 100 by 100 sponsor commits to “adopting” one of these 100 animals with a recurring monthly contribution of $35. Each sponsor is therefore responsible for helping spay or neuter a dozen animals every year. This is a great alternative for those of us who have a full house right now, but still want to be a part of clearing the shelter.”

Sponsors can make the contribution in memory or honor of a loved one or pet and the name and photo will be added to a gallery on the website. Sponsors also receive photos of a few of the animals they have helped each month too.

Even if there’s no way you can adopt your forever friend right now, the Prowl and Howl Garage sale on that same day at the Tri-City Animal Shelter is another option to help out. Magician David Hira will be at the garage sale from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. to keep the entertainment going at the garage sale, an annual fundraiser for Friends of Tri-City Animal Shelter.

Thompson said that last year the garage sale brought in over $1,000 to help support the pre-adoption spay/neuter program and veterinary care for sick and injured shelter animals.

To learn more visit www.cleartheshelters.com and if you want to look into details about the Friends of the Tri-City Animal Shelter visit www.tricityfriends.org or email [email protected] for more information.

“On Clear the Shelters day, our greatest hope is to find a family for every animal waiting at Tri-City Animal Shelter,” Thompson concluded


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