It breaks my heart to report that Marc Orchant passed away today, after being hospitalized since suffering a massive heart attack exactly one week ago. Sue Orchant sent this message this morning:
If the outpouring of love, support and caring could heal Marc, he would be with us telling stories right now. Today we are going to make Marc more comfortable. Friends came by all day yesterday with continued prayers and love. Today just our family will be with him. I know you are all still there for him and us. Thank you for all you have done.
Sue and Family
Marc’s colleague Oliver Starr, who has helped keep his many friends informed with daily updates, posted the sad news this afternoon:
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
Update: Oliver Starr has posted a heartfelt memorial to Marc; he has also established a fund to assist Marc’s family.
Marc and Sue are dear friends who have touched many lives. Marc’s loss is just a terrible blow to everyone who knew him and to those who will never get the chance.
This is an image of Sue and Marc from happier days:
Judy and I send our deepest condolences to Sue, Becca, Jason, and the rest of Marc’s family. We’ll miss you, old friend, but we will never forget you.