I am the middle child of my Father Duane Hardy. I am commenting so late because
of how difficult it can be to gather my thoughts. What Dave Rose did for my
family was the most unselfish act of kindness. He was very understanding,
compassionate and kind. He truly gave comfort to my family. Two days before
his visit when my father was barely coherent, my mother proceeded to tell my
father of Dave's visit. The first time she told him he did not respond,
nor the second, but on the third, my dad smiled as best he could and beat his
hand several times on the bed with excitement. Dick Harmon had succeeded in a
favor for his friend and Dave Rose had truly sacrificed important time during
his busy schedule to show compassion and understanding as a cancer survivor.
Thank you Dick and Dave for touching the hearts of my family. I received a call
from Dave a little while later after my father had passed as Dave sent his
condolences to all my family. What an amazing man. I wish you many blessings
Dick Harmon and Dave Rose. My father is smiling in heaven.
Great article. I've known Duane for a short time and every time he saw me
he would smile and acknowledge me. It's unfortunate that this sickness
came upon him and took his life in such short notice. I'm happy to know
that his friend was able to fulfill a last minute surprise. Coach Rose you are a
true gentleman. Duane was a good man and a true BYU fan.
@poymanI said nothing (good or bad) about the University of Utah. I
said nothing (good or bad) about BYU. I said nothing (good or bad) about games
nor teams. I said nothing (good or bad) about Coach Rose. I said nothing (good
or bad) about Duane Hardy. Mr Harmon, to put it very simply, is a hypocrite.
You can read my comment, suggestion actually, about his article regarding
college football. Please do not be deceived if there was not a tie in to sports
this piece would never have been written. Also, you lost all
credibility when you mentioned the hate monger.
I am more than a little appalled at some of the comments here from ute fans. This article wasn't about BYU vs utah... or which college has the
best coach in the state... Not even close to that... It's about human
kindness and goodwill given freely and openly by someone who is very busy and in
a highly visible position... He made it a priority to administer what kindness
and strength he could offer to this man and his family who had looked to him for
some strength and support... This was not really a whole lot different than the
article that appeared last week on the utes former Defensive End (Miller)from
their 1994 team's 10 win season... All BYU fan comments on the article were
classy and supportive.Comments about chastening Harmon for previous
football articles or comments demanding equal time for other Utah coaches are
disappointing to say the least... When I see these type of reactions I think of
Max Hall and his take on utah fans... Was his evaluation accurate? Thank you for the article Dick... I enjoy most everything you write but
especially enjoyed this one.
Coolio:Amazing, isn't it? Although plenty of Utah fans are decent
people, there are also those who are determined to prove Max Hall right at all
Great story and Rose is all class!
Did I really read a "Go Utes" in this comment section? Wow. Some people
just don't get it. God bless the Hardy family.
I must say that in all my years, this may be one of the best Dick Harmon
articles I have read.
Mr Harmon, a great article about a good man who lived a good life. i love the
articles you write and look forward to reading them, as i always have. merry
christmas to your family and all sports fans.
Thanks for sharing these events Mr. Harmon, I hope it is seen by many, as the
message is needed universally.
Chris B and I finally agree on something. Great article. Thanks for sharing and
thanks for reminding everyone what really is important. Family, life, and true
Let me add one more thing. Coach Rose is a great coach and a great guy. But
from my observations, I think the other coaches at Utah's universities are
as well. Utah is fortunate to have these men of high character, and I respect
each of them even though I want my team to trounce the others. I wish them all
the very best.
Even before I read this article, I was fond of Dave Rose. He is a good man and
a great coach. I hope his tenure at BYU lasts for a long time from now.
I am proud of Coach Rose. He is a great man. Life is short and it goes by
so fast. Be thankful for each day. Use today wisely...it would soon be gone.
Mr Harmon, After you excoriated football in a recent article, I am read that you
have moved on to more fruitful endeavors. Writing about basketball is a much
more useful pursuit.
Duane is my uncle. I was with Duane when Coach Rose visited and can attest to
his kindness and compassion. Without fanfare, and as a busy basketball season
was just beginning, he took time to visit and help someone he had never met.
His visit was a great source of comfort and a ray of light in a difficult time.
On behalf of our family may I thank Dave Rose and Dick Harmon both for a
marvelous work of Christian service and true friendship. Sometimes the
ministering angels our Heavenly Father sends to comfort in time of need come
from right here on earth. I have many rich memories of happy times spent with
Uncle Duane, many of them watching BYU athletics. He lived an unpretentious
life but succeeded wonderfully as a Husband, Father, and Uncle. He gave much to
his community serving faithfully in church, government, and military capacities
during his life. We all miss his loving spirit and influence.
What a great article! I have admired Coach Rose from afar, leaving BYU in 1987,
but this article elevates him even further in my eyes. The impact of a
man's life after he moves on can be measured in how he made us feel. This
article makes me feel better - - even in the loss described for the family --
and knowing a man the caliber of Dave Rose is at the helm of the basketball team
also speaks volumes. Thank you!!
Glad coach Rose is doing well. Go UTES!
Wow...sniff...Great article, great lesson, Dick. Thanks. I wish you and Coach
Rose the very best. I hope the coach continues to prevail against his cancer.
After having lost my mother earlier this year to pancreatic cancer, I found this
to be a very touching and fitting article/tribute to a great man. I had the
privilege of working with Duane over the last couple of years and continue to
work with his son. He was as described, a very gentle, kind and unassuming
gentleman. He must have also been a great father as his son is following in his
footsteps. Though he used to tease me about supporting the wrong team, I always
came away from every conversation smiling. Though still a Utah fan, I am also a
big fan of Dave Rose! Thank you for the article and for keeping things in
perspective especially during this time of year.
Thanks for the inspiration and message. Puts life's issues in perspective
and also know that Coach Rose is first a good man and 2nd a good coach. Thanks
Dick, this is your ol' pal Paul in Cedar City. I just want you to know that
this may well be the best thing you've ever written. Good job, my friend.
Thanks! I needed that.