Marc Orchant passed away today


Our friend Marc Orchant passed away today. Since we learned the news several of us have been sharing memories and thoughts for his family.

Marc has been a good friend to many. Earlier in the week his wife, Sue, commented online, "I’ll have to tell him that he’ll need to change his name to George Bailey (It’s a Wonderful Life). It’s a beautiful thing to see," because of the outpouring from all the lives Marc touched. It is a tribute to him. I relied on Marc quite a bit this year. Marc was extremely supportive when my brother Loren was diagnosed with cancer last December and as Loren’s treatment progressed. I appreciated his kindness and thoughfulness.

Over the years, I’ve learned from Marc how to be a better listener and friend, as well as admired his ease of talking with anyone and his passion for education. I feel that I haven’t learned enough from him yet, and will miss him tremendously.

My thoughts are with Marc’s family.

Services will be Wednesday in Albuquerque, NM.