LYS Nation, last week we lost our biggest fan.  After beating cancer six years ago, walking through a heart attack 2½ years ago, and battling two different types of cancer for the past two years, age and illness finally caught up with my father-in-law, Gerald Burnett.  A former professional baseball player, retired engineer and business owner, and scratch golfer, Gerald was also the LYS Nation’s biggest fan.  He sat in our sessions at multiple conferences, read the blog, and followed the ongoing and growing success of the LYS Campuses. Always asking how the schools were doing and who had been recently promoted.  And he was the only person in the country that was not surprised by the success of the book, The Fundamental 5.   

Here is the life lesson of Gerald Burnett:

Gerald had the unique gift of loving imperfect people as if they were perfect.  For those unaware or oblivious, they would bask in this love as if it were the most natural thing in the world.  For those aware and reflective this love was the lever that pushed you to try to live up to this wonderful gift.

He was a man who loved life and loved forward movement. Those around him were always richer due to his presence. His legacy was three successful children, and three successful grand children (a 100% batting average), and 100’s of successful mentee’s.

He is missed by many. I miss him.

Think. Work. Achieve. Your turn…

  • Call Jo at (832) 477-LEAD to order your campus set of “The Fundamental 5: The Formula for Quality Instruction.” Individual copies available on! 
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