Rest in Peace Marc Orchant

Rest in Peace Marc Orchant

Summary: It's with great sadness that I tell you that Marc Orchant, part of the ZDNet family, passed away following a massive heart attack a week ago.He died way too young and our thoughts are with his family.

TOPICS: Health

It's with great sadness that I tell you that Marc Orchant, part of the ZDNet family, passed away following a massive heart attack a week ago.

He died way too young and our thoughts are with his family.

Marc's colleague Oliver Starr, who has been keeping folks posted on Marc's condition, wrote:

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

Ed Bott also posted Sue Orchant's comments:

From Sue Orchant:

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. Heartfelt Love, Sue and Family

Photo credit: Shel Israel 

Topic: Health

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  • This is so sad

    I lost my mother at an early age and I can tell you it is not an easy thing to live with. I am so sorry for the Orchant family and my condolences go out to his wife and his children. I know that the entire Microsoft MVP community will stand with his family in this time of sorrow. He was a vibrant, engaging and witty person who left this world far too soon.

    Rest in peace Marc, you will be missed.
    Confused by religion
  • Lost a good man...

    I've had dealings on and off with Marc over the years, he will be deeply missed by all that knew him. My prayers to his family.
  • RE: Rest in Peace Marc Orchant

    God bless you and your family. Let heaven shine its' light on you...
    Arm A. Geddon
  • A great loss, he will be missed.

    It's especially hard to deal with loss during the holidays, which so many of us take for granted. Please take this time to reflect, take a break, and forget about material things. Your time with family and friends are the greatest gifts you could ever give or receive.

    God bless Marc, and bring comfort to his family in this time of need.
    terry flores
  • R.I.P.

    I am truly sorry. Marc was a Good Man and will be missed.
    My condolences to his Family.

    D T Schmitz
  • RE: Rest in Peace Marc Orchant

    What a loss for family, IT community. He was so vital to so much. You just had to get excited when you were around him.
    Lurkey Turkey
    • Crossing the Rainbow Bridge

      Marc will be missed, but I'm sure he is smiling down on us and
      reading every comment!
      Lurkey Turkey
  • RE: Rest in Peace Marc Orchant

    the world was a better place with marc orchant. we have lost a true "american beauty"
    andrew horwitz
  • Too Soon

    I met Marc briefly earlier this year and was so very energized by his spirit. Just arrived back from China and heard about the terrible news. The world will be a greyer place without him.
  • RE: Rest in Peace Marc Orchant

    Rest in Peace Marc Orchant

    I met Marc Orchant in 1986 Just after I started my graphic arts company. Marc hooked me up with come beta software from a company called Aldus called Freehand, which was bought by Macromedia and then Adobe.

    It was the start of a great friendship and Marc was always willing to help me out with technical issues arising from our bleeding edge (as Marc called) it of desktop publishing.

    I would meet Marc at Macworld when ever he would would go for lunch or dinner or coffee. We would talk for hours about "new" software coming out like Digital Dark Room, Cricket Draw, and HyperCard. He gave me an early (pre-beta) release of Photoshop in 1988 or 89 and I remember us saying.."This changes everything!"

    He would sit with me at his 'single scene office and help me figure out how to bould manual color traps in PMS print documents or how to create "fountains" (graduated) fills.

    Most people that Knew Marc- Truly loves him- what a kind, intelligent and awesome guy. I remember doing Grateful Dead trading cards and Marc freaked out as I gave him a press sheet.

    I can't tell you how shocked I (as probably most people were) to hear of his death. The world needs more Marc Orchants-

    Pat O'Hea - honored to be called a friend