I received a very unexpected phone call from my sister-in-law shortly after noon. My brother died in an automobile accident this morning.
It was good to move back to Iowa three years ago to be closer to him in his retirement days. Because of our age difference, he was more of an uncle figure than a brother while I was growing up. His three kids were around the ages of my younger brother and sister.
In my young adulthood, he had moved to California, so I saw him rarely. I do have great memories of his 50th birthday–I flew out to San Diego for that. On the last day of my stay, we had an early morning adventure, driving up to one of the world’s best science shrines, Mount Palomar Observatory. Closed, unfortunately. But that didn’t stop my brother from contemplating trespass to get us in the building.
We had a nice phone conversation last night, sending birthday wishes his way. I had been worried about his health the past few years, but he’s looked healthy and more full of life the past several months.
Posting will be scarce for the next few days. Keep our family in prayer, if you would.