JM Drake was: first of all a long term friend, but also a past work colleague. I first met and hired him at the DOE's Strategic Petroleum Reserve as a Quality Engineer because of his incredible/awesome engineering credentials in the early 90's. He was and is the most dedicated person to the engineering field I have ever met. He also had compassion as he tutored minority high school students. Although being flooded twice in New Orleans East, he took the problems in stride. His passing was a shock as he led an active vibrant life. My prayers will continue for Marlane as I can offer empathy, but can't fully comprehend the grief of loosing a spouse. God bless JM and Marlane.