Raymond C. Irwin, Donor
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If there was a way to help someone, Dad would not have hesitated...
I’m writing to tell my father’s story today. My dad, Raymond Cleo Irwin, was an amazing person. He was hero to my sisters and I, and the rock for our Mom. My dad was a Disabled American Veteran who was wounded in Vietnam. His wounds kept him in the hospital in Korea for many months before he was able to finish his tour. He received a Purple Heart, and was listed as 50% disabled upon his discharge from the Army. He was only 21 at the time.
He came home to start a family with our Mom and they had three daughters. Even with his disability, our dad was a hard working farmer until his retirement, approximately two years before his death. During his later years in life, just prior to his unexpected death in June 2015, his Veteran’s Disability had been increased to 90% due to PTSD and heart issues. He struggled with anxiety more and more as the years went by. The majority of his healthcare was taken care of at the local VA facilities and he was extremely loyal to the VA.
Our Dad raised our family so very well. He was a very kind and caring father, husband, grandfather, brother and uncle. He was most remembered by everyone who knew him as ALWAYS having a smile on his face for everyone. There are just not enough words to describe the type of man our Dad was. He was our foundation, our support, our rock for so many years. There is not one single day that goes by that our family doesn’t miss him beyond belief. He was genuinely a good soul that we were lucky to have in our lives.
When my Dad passed away, and we were contact by the Donor Network of Arizona, there was no question in any of our minds what Dad’s answer would be… If there was a way to help someone, Dad would not have hesitated for even a moment. We received a letter detailing the two people Dad’s donation was able to help. It gave us all comfort and a feeling of peace to know that two people would get to see the beauty of this world through his corneas. We wish the recipients many blessings.