In Memory of Tom Kaag: 1/2/54 – 3/4/12
Tom Kaag was born 1/2/54 and went to parade rest 3/4/12. Tom became a US Marine, following in his father’s and brother’s footsteps. He inspired my brother Eric & me to achieve the same and the Kaags each became Sergeants of Marines. Tom “Pop” was an air traffic controller in the Marine Corps as well as a licensed private pilot, which embodied his passion for aviation. He was a foundryman after his stint in the Marine Corps and worked hard to provide for his 6 kids. It was evident that his true passion in life was his family and while he lived a pretty simple life, seeing the joy in his face at family functions at the head of the table with all his kids, significant others and grandkids made this his true legacy. He raised all his kids to be independent, respectful and confident individuals and work hard at whatever you do. Being a father now makes it even clearer how much he cared about and how much he would do for all of us. He volunteered and helped with anything his kids were involved with and no matter what he was doing if you needed him he was there.
Today I want to honor Pop through the legacy of his family. He was the creator of the name Corps Fitness back in 2004 so today’s workout reflects the way we started and embodies all the different personalities of his sons Eric and Patrick and daughters Kelly, Emily and Katie, each unique in their own right but all are a reflection of being raised by a great father. The workout begins with Diane his wife of 20 years. Corps Fitness would not be here if my pop didn’t have faith in me and my abilities. His support made me see the potential to make this happen.
OOH RAH POP!!