Starting in the state of Washington in 1910, the nation has celebrated Father’s Day the third Sunday of every June. Whether it be picnics in the park, watching something on TV, or just taking a nap (or, as a dad would say, “resting with my eyes closed”), we celebrate our fathers in many ways. 

At Dot Foods, we see the impact of fathers everywhere. From those who are fatherly toward us to those whom we are fatherly toward. 

A father figure we all have a connection to is RT, our co-founder. CEO Joe Tracy and President Dick Tracy shared some stories of RT with us, as well as Tracy family Father’s Day traditions.

“Dad was a man of few words but an incredibly efficient communicator.”

“I remember coming home late one night in the middle of the week when I was a senior in high school,” said Joe. 

“As I walked in the door, I was surprised to find Dad sitting in the family room in his chair. He normally went to bed between 9 and 10 p.m., so I knew something was up.” 

“He asked me to sit down with him, then asked if I planned to go to college after high school. He said that going to college was an expectation. I confirmed that was my intention and he quickly suggested that staying up late with my friends during the week most likely wasn’t the best plan for success. Dad was a man of few words but an incredibly efficient communicator. He knew how to get his message across!”

“Everyone mattered to him.” 

Dick agreed and shared, “He showed us how to go to school, get a job, get married, start a family, work hard, and provide them a better life than he had. Dad showed us how to treat everyone the same, regardless of their lot in life. Everyone mattered to him.”

Remembering Father’s Day Traditions

Father’s Day traditions were something to be remembered as well.

“On Father’s Day, Dad and Mom would go to church at 8 a.m. as they did every Sunday,” said Joe. 

“After mass, Dad would head to the golf course to play nine holes with his buddies. Mom would fix a nice brunch and we would eat at 1 p.m. or so. After brunch, Dad always sat in his chair and quickly fell asleep. I have never met anyone so good at taking a 20-minute nap on command!”

“We didn’t do this every year, but it was enough to leave some lasting memories,” Dick shared. 

“Sure wish I could do it all one more time with him.”

Happy Father’s Day to all of our Dot dads!

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