Yesterday, one week after collapsing in his home in New Mexico, Marc Orchant succumbed to the damage from his heart attack and passed away. I was just getting to know Marc and am grateful for the conversations that we shared, in particular a long phone call early Saturday morning on December 1st.
Like so many others, I found Marc to be sharp in intellect, positive in attitude and possessing an ease of manner which combined to make him irresistibly likable. Marc was excited about the future – his future – and a new project that he was to begin in 2008.
Oliver who knew him more deeply shares his thoughts and feelings on Marc’s passing.
Marc “got” me. Marc “got” everyone. His sparkling wit, warm smile, easygoing way and keen intellect will be missed in so many places. I don’t know of anyone that knew Marc who didn’t like and respect him. He was a credit to our industry, an incredible friend and an asset that the world will sorely miss.
Oliver has opened an account for contributing to the Orchant family and a company to manage the funds. A link to the donation account is found at the end of Oliver’s eulogy.
My heartfelt sympathy to Marc’s wife, two children, family and friends.
Because I could not stop for death
He kindly stopped for me
The carriage held but just ourselves