Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Thanks for Everything Coach....

It has been a while since I've sat down and written an entry on the blog. It's not that I don't care, or can't find time... it's just that I haven't had anything "important" to talk about. Tonight I want to talk about something.... someone.... important.

As some of you might already know, Mike Chandler passed away this morning, at the young age of 55. For those of you who didn't know Mike, he had been a teacher at the High School for many years. Mike was also involved with athletics in Stanwood. He was my softball coach in the mid '90's and stuck with the team as they transitioned to fastpitch. Mike, better known as MC to his players, was a great human being. He was a fireball at times and was always good for a laugh or two. Highly respected by his peers and often looked up to as a father-figure by his students and players, Mike will be missed.

The Schmitt family sends their thoughts and prayers to Becky and the rest of the Chandler family.

With happy memories but a sad heart,



Anonymous said...

Varsity Softball players each released a spartan red balloon for Chandler tonight as they dedicated the game to him and went home with the WIN.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear about Mike!! He wasn't a coach to my boys on the field but he was in the class room... And I know that he will be greatly missed by many...

I remember this Picture and him being there on Relay!! He made me smile so many times.. Because even know he had been really sick he always made time to talk to me about my boys!! He would ask "How is James"? How is my big guy doing?? And I can say as a parent having anyone still remember your boy after he has been gone for 3 years is amazing to me!!

I will miss you Mike very much!! You'll never know just how much you touched our Family!! Peg

a. borealis said...

Chandler was a very special man. His sense of humor and life spark were irresistible. He was just one - cool - dude. He will be missed!!

And...strangely enough, I was just looking at pictures of him this week and remembering him fondly. I am very sad to hear of his passing. :(