We lost a great father this week. Lt. Col. Mark Weber passed away yesterday after a three-year battle with cancer. Our hearts go out to his wife and three sons—and to all who have lost their fathers this year—who will be facing their first Father’s Day without their dad this Sunday.
Fathers leave all kinds of legacies, and Weber leaves one not only of bravery through his 23 years of service in the U.S. Army, but also one of honesty through his book Tell My Sons: A Father’s Last Letters, which was released earlier this month.
As a young man, Weber started keeping journals so he could pass on his stories to his (eventual) kids and grandkids. After he was diagnosed with terminal cancer at the age of 38—just as he was about to embark on a high-profile mission in Afghanastan—he decided to turn his journals into a book for his children. He kept his stories about his life as a young man, as a soldier and as a warrior against cancer brutally honest, and shows his sons by example that life is a journey you have to figure out for yourself.
Weber explained it best in an interview last year with the Minneapolis Star Tribune: “There are very few moments in my life that have struck me as profoundly as when I realized my parents were not perfect. I wanted my kids to see I’m not perfect. I want them to see that in my life, I’ve learned there is virtue in failure. Hard things are not something to be ashamed of. They are part of the deal.”
Weber and his family have had to deal with plenty of hard things in recent years. We wish them peace as they deal with yet another. Here’s a video with more information about Weber and the book.