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A very special father: Marty Haws has done everything he can to help his children succeed

Published: Saturday, June 14 2014 10:45 p.m. MDT

DN: Some say you make your own luck, but has luck played any part in raising two Mr. Basketball players?

TH: You have to be lucky and good. A lot of things have to go your way and some of it is out of your control.

DN: What is the biggest regret Marty may have as a father? What's been the toughest challenge?

TH: Haha, not having five more sons.

DN: How has Marty been as a son to his father Ralph and why might that be important?

TH: Anybody that knows Grandpa Ralph knows what a good dad/grandpa he is. Marty would not want to say what a great son he has been but rather how blessed he is to have Ralph as his example to follow.

DN: What's Marty's greatest advice to his children on handling losses or adversity?

TH: Marty always told our kids after a loss, "Keep moving!" He will also tell them, "When you are ready, I have a few things to go over with you." Sometimes it will take a week, but my boys will always come to him and let their dad give them pointers and advice on how they can be better.

DN: What are some keys Marty has tried to instill in his kids to honor God, the core of your family life?

TH: Sometimes success can make things cloudy. The gospel has always given us the anchor in keeping things clear and in perspective.

After Tyler’s Lone Peak team won a state championship, he left the throng celebrating on the court to find his father and offer a big hug. He whispered in Marty’s ear: “We did it, Dad.”

That, in a nutshell, is Marty Haws and the results of his remarkable fatherly touch.

Dick Harmon, Deseret News sports columnist, can be found on Twitter as Harmonwrites and can be contacted at dharmon@desnews.com.

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