Yesterday I discovered that Marc Orchant had suffered a heart attack. As he is a blogger, I heard about it through the Internet and Twitter feeds from his good friend and fellow blogger, Oliver Starr. This morning, as I sit in my hotel room in Paris, I have just read the post below written by Oliver below.
I first met Marc through email. We chatted back and forth in advance of the DEMO Fall conference in San Diego this past September. We then hooked up via Facebook so we would know what each other looked like. But with 2000 others in attendance, it wasn’t so easy to find each other. But we did. He was an effervescent and radiantly nice person. We kept in touch afterwards via email and I followed his Twitter tweets every day. He was one of life’s nice people. He will be missed.
Update: 2:56PM Pacific Time December 9th, 2007:
It is with great sadness that I report that Marc Orchant, Husband to Sue, Father to Rebecca and Jason, and friend to so many, passed away just a short time ago. I was notified by Marc’s brother Craig.
His family and closest friends were at his side and his favorite music was playing. Craig said that Marc’s passing was as peaceful and easy as anyone could have hoped and he left this world surrounded by love from so many people that he couldn’t possibly have failed to know how many people cared for, appreciated and respected him.
Anyone that knew Marc also knew how much he loved music; especially the Grateful Dead. The excerpt below is from one of the songs that helped the family say goodbye to Marc and helped Marc move on to the next world. I talked to Marc almost every single day for the past couple of years. I’m sure that I’m not alone when I say that I am going to miss him so, so much.
To allow for people that may need to travel and take time of work, services are most likely going to be held this coming Wednesday afternoon at the Temple where the Orchants are members. I will provide more specific details as soon as they have been provided to me. Marc’s family expressed once again their gratitude for the outpouring of love and support that the technology community has shown in this very difficult time. Your warmth, concern and friendship will not be forgotten.
River gonna take me
Sing me sweet and sleepy
Sing me sweet and sleepy
all the way back home
It’s a far gone lullaby
sung many years ago
Mama, Mama, many worlds I’ve come
since I first left home
Goin home, goin home
by the waterside I will rest my bones
Listen to the river sing sweet songs
to rock my soul
Oliver has set up a Paypal account for donations and contributions to Marc’s family. You can access it here: