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Dewitt A. Latimer 1962 - 2013
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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
May 14, 2013
With deepest sympathy to the family during your time of grief...God is for you a refuge and strength, A help that is there to be found during difficult times...May God provide you with peace and comfort to endure the days ahead.
May 11, 2013
Kim, call me. My Dad passed 2 weeks ago. I just happened to see this today. I live in Charleston. My number is 843-327-9193. Mother's number is 864-226-3384. I am so sorry. I will be there for you. Please call. I do not know your number and I am not on Facebook.
May 10, 2013
I met Dewitt less than a year ago and we struck up a good relationship right away. I'm thankful for the opportunity I had to know him and the time we shared together. I recently had the pleasure of collaborating with him on a presentation in April 2013 with 3 other colleagues which I thoroughly enjoyed. I'll miss being able to discuss topics and getting Dewitt's view.
For Kim and Dewitt's children...I'm so saddened for your loss. Know that your husband and father was a great and respected person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today and forever more.

God Bless you!
May 09, 2013
To Kevin and the Latimer Family,
I didn't know Dewitt personally, but I wanted to express my sincere condolences to all of you at this time. I got to know Kevin a little bit as a student in my English 10 class, and I found him to be one of the most respectful, brightest, thoughtful, and kindest young men I have had the privilege to meet. Though I did not know Kevin's father, I believe the apple never falls far from the tree, and have no doubt that Dewitt was a wonderful husband, father and equally extraordinary man as well. Kevin, you and your family are in my thoughts, and wish you all the strength you will need to endure.

Sincerely,
Scott Thompson
May 09, 2013
Kim and Family, I only bumped into you when I would come over to have Dewitt help me on another IT issue, but I had to share a few stories with you.

One, a very generous man. He has given me more time to help me and while I have paid him from time to time for his help it probably works out to about $5 an hour. He always spoken glowingly of his family and I really respected him for that and tried to emulate it over the last few years I have known him and as I remember him going forward.

I have many memories, but I'll leave you with this one. I dropped my laptop off back in January to have a new operating system put on it as the laptop had crashed. I stopped by to pick it up after Dewitt had taken off back to Montana and I fired up the laptop to logon.......he has put a kitty kat as my logon page picture. I laughed so hard and sent him a note and his response was "I thought it was so you!". I laughed and still laugh about it and the kitty kat is still there. He knew I could never figure out how to take it off.

I'm very sorry for your loss. A great person that I was fortunate enough to get to know in the past few years.
May 09, 2013
Dewitt gave me my first chance at management/leadership when he was at the University of Tennessee. Over the years he was always there for me when I had needed to talk about my career or any pressing issue of the day. I will certainly miss the person I always considered as a mentor.

My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
May 09, 2013
Kim and family,
I am so sorry to hear of your husband's passing. I do not have words to express the grief you are all going through. Please know that you are in our prayers!
May 09, 2013
Kim, I am shocked and saddened to hear of your husbands death. My prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time
Karen Packer (RMFR)
May 08, 2013
I knew Dewitt from Clemson University. He was a wonderful, caring colleague and friend. May God grant you Peace and Comfort.
May 08, 2013
Kim:
I am so, so sorry to hear of Dewitt's death. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your children.
May 08, 2013
The Latimer Family…

On behalf of Texas Christian University, we extend our sincere and heartfelt condolences to Kim, the children, and the family of the sudden loss of DeWitt.

Your husband, father, and son, had a profound impact, as a leader in many aspects within our community, but the “compass” that guided and contributed too today's higher educational communities, in which he truly left his “mark”.

When DeWitt Latimer was scheduled to speak at one of the conferences, we found ourselves seating in the front row, always learning something new, and most of all… we could always count on… that one slide that would bring the room to roaring laughter that only “he” could deliver, regardless of the size of the group.

We are grateful to have known Dewitt, as well as experience firsthand the unique and distinct differences he made in so many communities throughout the country.

He was our “compass” and will be missed.

With Heartfelt Sympathy,

Travis Cook & Steve Ambrose
Texas Christian University
May 08, 2013
I was very lucky to work for Dewitt at the Unverisity of Tennssee. He was an incredibly intelligent and talented man and I am sorry that he is gone. I always enjoyed his dry sense of humor. I will never forget sitting next to him in meetings when he would kick his shoes off and put his feet up on the table! It always made me laugh. I would just like his wife and children to know that he will be missed here in Knoxville too.
May 08, 2013
Dear Kim and Family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

The Patel Family
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