Inspiring Men at JAFRA
We celebrate these father figures!
By Isel Longoria
The man that taught you how to ride your bike, makes the world’s best chile con queso, and never lets you win at chess, Loteria or MarioKart. This month reminds us of those special moments in our lives. Whether it’s a brother, father, husband, or friend, we opened the invitation to JAFRA Consultants to share their father figures. Whether you are a dad, have a dad, or know a dad, take a moment to celebrate them and we will honor them with you.
June 18, 2021
Let’s celebrate these male pillars in our JAFRA family:
“For some reason in life, my upbringing was without my parents. I had the best brother by my side though. Since I started elementary school, my brother was the one who provided my school supplies, clothes, shoes, and food. He stopped studying and started working so that I could study. I owe everything I am now to him. I remember when I was missing a pencil or notebook, I would arrive at the pharmacy where he worked, and his boss would tell him to give me the pencils and notebooks from their lost and found. I love my brother and I bless his life. He’s a super brother!”
“This is my grandfather and the man who raised me. His father was a sharecropper in Arkansas, and he rose to be a Doctor of Divinity. I remember Papa always having a mind for business and new endeavors. He was a driven individual with a commanding presence and authority respected by all. I wish he could see me pursuing my own dreams. I followed him into the ministry; got my Doctorate like him and I am working hard to follow my dreams just like he did.”
Sheila W Dutton
“This is him on SOFTBALL, the magazine, playing in World Senior Games. He was only 65 then. Now he is 80 and registered for the 2021 games in St. George, Utah. He just finished a three-day tournament in Reno this week. He pitches, plays Catcher and 1st Base.
Great JAFRA dads. Mine's the greatest! Kelly Dutton! I love, admire, respect, and thank you for your love, support, strength and endurance with me on my JAFRA journey! "Where's my Royal Jelly?" That was his comment after he tried out the lead product of my new venture. Reasons why he is the best:
1. He sat in the truck, with 9 of our 10 children, pulling a horse trailer, and waited from 10:00-12:00 midnight, as we were moving to Monroe for his promotion to manager for US West, while I was issued my JAFRA case.
2. He smiled as he assisted me on stage at JAFRA's award ceremonies to help present me with awards.
3. He supported me doing classes while raising the children and called it, ‘You're out’.
4. He made JAFRA deliveries for me. I rode with him on the back of his motorcycle, for one out of town delivery. We were run over by 3 head of deer and escaped with only minor scrapes and bruises to us and the cycle.
5. 60 plus years of marriage, 13 children, years of enjoying JAFRA products and JAFRA friends and JAFRA scholarships for some of the children, 2 beautiful trips with JAFRA to Hawaii and he is still the greatest dad and greatest JAFRA dad!”
“Here is the story of my dad... someone so very special to so many people!
He was known as Austin, Bub, Boston Bob and Dad, who lived at Nichols Quarters. He was a hard worker, who knew dairy farming at a young age, growing up in Pepperell, Massachusetts. He loved what he did. He was a true entrepreneur at heart. From his love of all animals, and love of nature, his skill at baseball, passion for fishing, to his adventure of homesteading in Alaska in the early 50’s. He carried those traits with him for years to come.
He was a fair, humble, kind man. One who provided for his family by working shift work at Everett Plywood Company in Washington State by day or night and managed his 40+ acre farm in between. In other words, he never sat down until mealtime. He was extremely talented in so many areas. A carpenter by trade, building whatever was needed. He had an eye for invention, and creativity to see a job through. He was highly respected, a man of his word, honest, and a wonderful provider for his family and community. He made a ‘mean’ pot of spaghetti, not letting anyone in the kitchen, and would not tell anyone his ‘secret sauce’ ingredients. On the 4th of July, his favorite treat was strawberry shortcake which was heaped high on his plate. I marveled at how he could pack that away. Vacations were a family affair, and we usually went camping in our local National Parks. But the work had to get done first before anything else. His motto: Take care of the farm first and then you could rest.
He was a man of few words, but a processor, and when he had words of wisdom to say… everyone listened. It always amazed me that he was such a whiz at math. He was planning and figuring the best way to construct whatever project was next on his list of ‘to do’s’. The carpenter pencil and piece of whatever paper he could get his hand on was carried in the breast pocket of his red plaid flannel fishing shirt. He always had time to listen, processed what you said and had a sound response. Looking back at this now, I can see why he had so many ‘good friends’. They came to him for advice, to visit and just to hear one of his jokes or stories. His sense of humor was infectious.
His words of wisdom: ‘Always take care of what you have. You may not have a lot of money, but what you own, take excellent care of it and make everything around you look neat and tidy!’ Words I remember to this day. Thank you, DAD, I love you… and you are missed bunches.”
“The influential man in my life is my son, Ivan M Matos. I feel privileged and immensely grateful to God for my children. Ivansito, he is an extremely affectionate, respectful, responsible man, detail-oriented and most importantly, he loves God. In his role as son, husband and father he is a blessing. Thank you, JAFRA for letting me use this platform to say, ‘I BLESS MY SON, HE IS THE MAN OF MY LIFE.’”
“The man who inspires me so much to continue at JAFRA is my husband. His name is Roberto Uribe, he has always been my support since I started offering JAFRA products. He is a good husband, father and son.”
“To the best Dad in the world 🌎
Thanks for all the love and support and always being there when I need you.”
“Ever since I was a young girl, I looked at how my dad found ways to provide us with the best. He always told me that we must place all of our interest in whatever it is that we’d like to achieve. He was always looking for opportunities where he could grow. Since he didn’t study and was a farm worker, he went to the city to be able to provide the best for his family. My dad told me that it had been his dream to go to the city. That’s why I believe that if one has dreams, one can achieve them.”