Costa Mesa, Ca.

May 4, 2021

Dear Family & Friends:

Sharon Smestad Burke is the love of my life. We met at Burbank High School in 1960. I was a senior and she was a junior. We married in my first year of college. In June, we will celebrate our 60th wedding anniversary. Lisa joined our family while I was in college and Lori joined when I was attending Stanford Law School. Danny and Amy topped off our clan after we moved back to Burbank and I started practicing law in Los Angeles. The years have been overwhelmingly good to us. We have 4 children, 14 grandchildren and a brand new great-granddaughter. Our low point was the passing of our beloved 21-year old grandson, Danny Giger in a skiing accident in 2018.

Despite all the good times, age takes its toll on our weary bodies. Sharon is suffering from some serious medical issues that will require surgeries. As a result, I have cancelled my Missouri River canoe trip this month. My hope is to replace it with a pilgrimage walk on the Camino de Santiago in the late Fall, when Sharon has recovered from her surgeries. It is  not yet clear whether Spain will be open to travel in the Fall and will allow flights from the United States. But, the prognosis is optimistic. If all goes as planned, I’ll paddle the Missouri in the Spring of 2022 in celebration of my 80th birthday.

God is Good!