Dr. Alberto Esparsen, 85, our father, was called to his eternal home on November 10, 2021. Though separated from this world, his loving heart left an enduring beacon of hope for his friends and family. This was a man who wholly loved The Almighty and his family. He was lead by The Lord through life, from a tiny country schoolhouse heated by an old-fashioned pot-bellied stove, to ultimately answering to the Surgeon General of the United States. One of his many gifts was unparalleled determination and perseverance. He simply was not faltered by words or opinions of others. Even in the frequent face of criticism, he continued to pursue his dreams.
In high school, he was an accomplished scholar and athlete while attending a boarding school. This is where Alberto met the one and only love of his life, Carolyn. They remained devoted and inseparable for the next 65 years. Carolyn supported Alberto’s academic, professional and family endeavors every step of the way.
Alberto was a life-long learner. He earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Michael’s College in four years, carrying a full academic load and working full time. He earned his master’s degree from Colorado State University and his doctoral degree was earned from the University of New Mexico. All 3 of his degrees he earned with honors.
Our Dad’s military service and service as a health care provider were his passions. He was a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, a major in the U.S. Army and retired as Dr. Alberto Esparsen, Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Public Health Service.
Like our Mom, our Dad was unabashed about his faith. His family and close friends will attest to the gift with which he was blessed: connecting with people through faith, witticism and conviction. Combined with his endearing nature, in his later years he helped his friends relate their current places in life to Holy Scripture and ultimately to the abiding love of The Most High. Since our Mom’s passing, our Dad learned that the subsequent trials and tribulations, though painful to endure, bore much spiritual fruit. This fruit nourished and strengthened his relationship with The Most High and His Son. When our Dad was called to judgement, his body and mind and spirit were ready to be in the presence of The Almighty. Our Dad’s embracing of Romans 10: 9-10 reassures us all of his salvation.
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart, man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth of confession is made unto salvation.”
While we miss our Dad, we celebrate the culmination of his life’s work and remain comforted while awaiting our eventual reunion.
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