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Dewitt Austin Latimer 1962 - 2013

Dewitt Austin Latimer

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November 12, 2013
Kim--- I just learned of Dewitt's passing. We went through the same doctoral program at Tennessee. We connected a few times since then for golf, and meals when he was in Chicago on business. He arranged for me to get tickets to a ND football game for my son and I, which was a real treat. I really appreciated him being a friend, a straight shooter, and someone who was open-handed--- not closed fisted. You and the kids are in our prayers.
October 30, 2013
I was thinking of nominating Dewitt for an award at Clemson just this afternoon, and started looking for him on the web. I was chocked to read of his passing. He had worked with me at Clemson, wanted to do a PhD with me, and was in charge of computer and network services. He was a good friend, and unfortunately, we lost contact when he left. My condolences to the family, I know he is missed. I shared the information with my colleagues who knew him. So you may hear from some of them.
May 19, 2013
Dear katie Latimer,
You may not know me but I go to your school and my dad passed away too and if you need anything I am here for you I am very sorry for your loss. ??
May 18, 2013
Dear Mrs. Latimer and children,

I am a student at Montana State University and, although I never officially met your husband and father, I knew him. When I saw his picture on my television screen, I couldn't help but smile – until I heard the story and was hit by waves of sorrow.

On a somewhat irregular basis as I walked across the campus, I would pass Dewitt and, without fail, he always smiled and offered a friendly word. I know, especially to you, that this may not seem like a big deal but, although I'm sure Montanans might disagree, as compared to people from the south (I grew up in Texas), folks here routinely walk by with their heads down and without acknowledging one another. I looked forward to seeing Dewitt who, in contrast, had his head up and a smile ready to share. Although we didn't even know each other's names, I knew he was a happy person, someone who liked to connect with people, and someone I wished others would emulate. One sunny day, he asked me “how are you” and I made some comment that “it's a sunny day so I'm happy!” From that moment, every time we passed one another in sunshine, he would make a gesture toward the sky and say something about it being a “happy day!” It made a difference in my life – that he not only recognized me but remembered something (frivolous as it may be) important to me.

The sunny days will never be quite as bright – I will miss him.

I realize that there aren't words I can share with you to ease the pain you are enduring. However, I wanted you to know that a complete stranger, touched by the kindness of your husband and father, cares and wishes I could take the hurt away.
May 15, 2013
Kim, I remember living next to you and Dewitt 8 years ago. I was always impressed with what a solid family you were and what a loving Dad Dewitt was. He was the type of guy to help me shovel my driveway with a foot of snow on the ground becasue my husband was out of town. Both of you were always very thoughtful people. I am very sorry for your loss and wish you and the childred the best during this most difficult time.

Natasha and Michael Reynolds
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