Marc Orchant passed away today

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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.