Happy Father’s Day. I’m very lucky — I had 2 dads — I am a combo of both — let me tell you about them.

Again, Happy Father’s Day to you all! 

Sun, June 18, 2023

To: Our thousands of supporters throughout the state
(cc’d to the media, house & senate members, and Governor, and other candidates for office)

From: Tim Eyman
Fighting for Taxpayers for 26 years

Last Saturday, I was invited to be speak at the kick-off for the Reject 5599 (Referendum 1), the one that was held at Reset Church in Marysville.

I spent my time on stage telling everyone about the basics of collecting signatures and how best to maximize your efforts. The best part was the lengthy Q&A where we really got into the details. 

One of the leaders of the effort, Georgene Fairies, sent me a very nice text afterwards: “You provided some really great advice tonight, Tim. Everyone learned a lot from your presentation. I was proud to have you at our event.” 

Given that today is Father’s Day, I wanted to tell you about my 2 dads.

As many of you know, I have family tradition of adoption:

* My dad who raised me was adopted.

My Dad Don Eyman

* I’m adopted.

* And our 3 kids are adopted. 

Jackson, Jeremy & Riley

I was born and raised in Yakima and adopted as a baby.

My dad — the one who raised me — Don Eyman was a salesman and served for over 25 years as the President of the West Valley School Board (he loved it). 

From him, I learned about salesmanship and public service.

All my life, my mom and dad encouraged me to track down my birth parents. They were never threatened by “sharing me” — they wanted to make sure my birth parents knew that I was OK.

So in my mid-20’s, I set out to find them.

Starting with very little information, it took me about 6 months but I eventually found them. 

I understood how uncomfortable it would be for them for me to just call them up and say “Hi, I’m your kid.”

So I had a friend of the family make contact with them to tell them that their birth son was interested in speaking with them and asked if they’d be interested in speaking with me.

They both said yes.

And so, for the past 30+ years, I have developed a very positive relationship with both of them (both are still alive).

When my birth father Terry was contacted, he didn’t know about me or the adoption. 

That must’ve been tough.

But he took it in stride.

He was born and raised in California and he said he had always wanted to live in Australia so that’s where he was when I found him. 

After Karen and I were married, we took a trip to visit him in person. 

There we met a man who was filled with energy, spoke fast, and talked with his hands (sound familiar?).

He was an entrepreneur who had started, owned and was operating a restaurant in a small town just outside Sydney near Canberra (the lower left corner of Australia).

We spent two weeks there and it was an amazing experience getting to know him better.

He gave me some pictures of himself when he was younger.

It’s scary how much we looked alike.

Here’s Terry:

And here’s me around the same age:

Our Charlie Brown foreheads sure do look alike!

Like my birth mother, my birth father had graduated with a political science degree from a major university (so politics is clearly in my blood, that’s for sure!).

After graduating from UC Berkeley in 1964, he wanted to make a difference in the world so he joined President Kennedy’s then newly formed Peace Corps.

Both of them were training at Hilo Hawaii for their Peace Corps mission to Thailand.

They had “an encounter” and I was the result.

Because of that, she left Hilo, flew to Yakima, and stayed there while she arranged to have me put up for adoption through the Catholic Family Services.

Terry went on to Thailand and has led a very adventurous life.

What I find most fascinating about him is this: for the past 10 years, he’s been living in a Buddhist Monastery. 

Here’s a recent picture he sent me:

In our email exchanges with one another in recent years, he usually focuses on encouraging me to not let the challenges I’m currently facing overwhelm me.

Great advice. 

I’m incredibly grateful to both of my birth parents for injecting into my DNA many of their most positive character traits. 

The love and support they have provided over the past several decades has really been extraordinarily beneficial to me.

To all the dads out there, I wish you all a very Happy Father’s Day.

I love you all.


Tim Eyman

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