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Mark Saadi Remembrance

Sunday, January 15, 2006

A few hours ago I got a phone call from a friend. He wanted to let me know that Mark Saadi died. I didn't ask what day or the circumstances. It didn't seem important. Mark and I were acquaintances, but our kids are best of friends and have been for years. He left those two boys, their much younger brother and Denise, their mother and his wife. Needless to say, I feel for them. Thanks to all who left comments. The strip will return Tuesday. Peace. 1-18-06 UPDATE: For those who knew Mark, Denise has asked that, in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to an account being set up for the Saadi Boys College Fund. If you're interested, I'll be glad to provide information. I'm sure gifts of any size would be appreciated. Please write me at aklemmer (at) earthlink (dot) net.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was really enlightened by the info I found on your blog. I have known Mark for some years now. We were REALTOR team mates. I moved to Mansfield, TX a year ago. I have been keeping up with his illness via a mutual close friend of Mark and I. We were like family. I have found it very difficult understanding this whole situation. The article link regarding his condition was very helpful. I am a Christian and I truly believe, "God knows best" sometimes it gets hard, but I never stop believing. Thanks, Mark was someone special to know...

12:06 PM  
Blogger A. Klemmer said...

Thanks for the note. As I said in my post, my connection to Mark was more through our kids. But I do know he was a remarkably decent man and very devoted to the well being of his family. He worked hard to provide for them and, as you know, made an admirable and challenging career change to do so. I ache for the boys and Denise.

(Since you commented I've updated the post to include a request to make a contribution to the Saadi Boys College Fund. If you're interested, please let me know.)

3:12 PM  
Anonymous Debbie Schmitt Breitenstein said...

Thank you for the information on this web site. I heared today that a very old friend had passed. Mark and I were friends in the 80's and early 90's. We lost tough when I got married and moved away. You can not even imagine the supprise when I heard that he was no longer with us. He was a very special person. I'm sure he was a wonderful husband and father. He was a wonderful friend to me when we were younger. God bless his wife and kids, my thoughts a prayers are with them. I feel thankful to have had a chance to have him in my life so long ago.

9:04 AM  
Blogger A. Klemmer said...

Hi Debbie. Thanks for the note. Being at Mark's service and listening to the stories one of his childhood friends told made me regret not knowing him better. He clearly was one of the good guys. Fun, caring, smart. Probably you wouldn't be surprised to hear his boys are wonderful kids. I'll pass your note along to Denise.


5:47 PM  
Blogger James Gregory said...

it's never to late to remember what a good friend and how many memories I had with mark. What a fun guy, always fun, happy, considerate, and smart. We all hung out as kids going to Patrick Henry, we played football at the local park, we partied together, we rode the convertible blazer his parents purchased for him. Wow, after just finding out today and this tragedy happened long time ago makes me upset. Mark was very special, he was just a cool guy. He loved his parents more than anything, and I was proud to be his friend. I do offer my sincere condolences to his wife, and his beautiful family, and hopefully his parents are still around. May god be with you my good friend. James Gregory ...

7:54 AM  

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