"'As long as you can find yourself, you'll never starve.'"
-Mr. Everdeen talking to one of his daughters, Katniss
Mr. Everdeen was said to have had a beautiful voice, just like his daughter, Katniss, and it was claimed that even the birds would stop to listen when he sang. That was how he impressed his wife, Mrs. Everdeen. She was about to marry Zander Mellark but married Mr. Everdeen when she heard his voice.
Before the Games, he would teach his oldest daughter, "The Hanging Tree" song. He told her not to sing it out loud, as songs were used as weapons in the Capitol and the Districts. Her father also taught her how to swim in the woods in a lake. He also taught her how to hunt, and tell the difference between edible plants an inedible plants, which could be poisonous.
On January 24th, 69 ADD, her father would die in a mining accident, killing instantly. This broke her mother's heart to such a degree that she almost let them starve, which was the main reason Katniss hunted in the first place, to get food.