Best Dads
The top three fathers in the Best Dad InMaricopa contest picked up their prizes at Maricopa Ace Hardware. From left, store owner Dave Karsten, Mark Webb Sr., Bryan Kremer with son Nicholas, Max Weidle and Victor Zamora, assistant store manager. Photo by Bob McGovern

Dedication to family.

It was a familiar theme among the winners of the 2021 Best Dad InMaricopa contest presented by Maricopa Ace Hardware and hosted by InMaricopa.

Despite working long hours, all three winners make time for their families – and do so enthusiastically.

But their commitment is clearly appreciated.

Bryan Kremer – First place

Bryan Kremer was voted Best Dad InMaricopa for 2021 in the annual contest.

The father of Nicholas, 3, led the field of dads nominated for their dedication in this year’s contest presented by Maricopa Ace Hardware and hosted by

Kremer was nominated by his wife Randi. They live in Rancho El Dorado.

“He has been such an amazing Dad to our little boy since Day One,” she wrote. “He works hard daily to be a great provider for our family.”?

Kremer, 42, said he likes being a father.

“I enjoy being around the little man and teaching him the right way,” he said.

Kremer works fulltime for Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. and helps out at the family pet shop, Copa Critters.

Randi Kremer included with her nomination side-by-side photos of father and son dressed as Blippi, a fun character known for his signature blue and orange outfit and his educational videos for children.

Bryan Kremer thinks his photo – depicting a father who will do anything to entertain his child – may have caught the attention of voters. It certainly caught him by surprise when he saw it online.

Kremer selected the “Whole House” paint package awarded by contest sponsor Ace Hardware, which included 25 gallons of Dunn Edwards EverShield Exterior Paint and an eight-piece painters’ kit. It was valued at up to $1,500.

In addition, Kremer won prizes worth $1,175 from other businesses:

• Victor Moreno Photography – Family Photo Session ($350 value)
• Planet Fitness – 1-year Black Card Membership ($300)
• Electrical District No. 3 – $200 bill credit
• Window Tinting by Rosie – $150 gift certificate
• Wildcat Landscape Supply – Ace Hardware $100 gift card
• Barro’s Pizza – $50 gift card
• Native Grill – $25 gift card

Mark Webb Sr. – Second place

Mark Webb Sr. is the kind of father who is available 24/7 for his family.

In her nomination of her grandfather, 12-year-old Zoe wrote, “My papa works nights so he doesn’t get much sleep, but he will give up his sleep to help, often working all night then driving over to take care of a sick grandchild or broken AC. He deserves the moon but would never ask for it.”

“I make my rounds,” Webb, 62, said of his role as grandfather, father and fixer, his sense of humor showing.

A 40-year-plus machinist, he works four, 12-hour days and as much overtime as he can get.

The Thunderbird Farms resident spends a lot of time with his family, including four children.

“I love my kids and my grandchildren,” he said. “That’s what it’s all about. I love being around them.”

Webb selected the Napoleon Rogue 525 propane gas grill prize from Ace Hardware, which has a $749 value.

In addition, he won prizes worth more than $500 from other businesses:

• Advanced Performance – gift certificate for one complete service ($250 value)
• Window Tinting by Rosie – $100 gift certificate
• Just Weeds – $80 full-property treatment
• Roots Eatery – $25 gift certificate
• Barro’s Pizza – $25 gift card
• Native Grill – $25 gift card
• Mike’s Irrigation – $25 Starbucks gift card

Max Weidle – Third place

The father of four sons, Max Weidle was nominated by his wife Ciara.

“He works so hard to provide for us,” she wrote. “Night shifts and overtime hours are a norm in our household. Even when he has worked 12-plus hours, he asks to be woken up early so we can spend quality time together as a family.”

Weidle, 30, is a specimen processor for Sonora Quest Labs. For the last six years he has worked the 6 p.m.-4:30 a.m. shift. COVID-19 testing this past year made things even crazier, he said.

A resident of Maricopa since February 2020, he said he already appreciates the sense of community here compared to Mesa, his former home.

“I’m super-grateful just to be nominated,” the Tortosa resident said.

The couple’s four boys are Brayden, 14, Harrison, 7, Nolan, 3 and Finley, 6 months.

They also have two dogs, who will benefit from Weidle winning an Ace Hardware prize package of a year’s supply of AvoDerm Dog Food. He will get one large bag per month for 12 months valued at more than $600.

In addition, he won prizes worth $175 from other businesses:

• Donovan’s Landscaping – $75 gift certificate
• Roots Eatery – $25 gift card
• Native Grill – $25 gift card
• Mike’s Irrigation – $25 Jersey Mike’s gift card
• Barro’s Pizza – $25 gift card

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