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May 4, 2013
The note I wrote a few hours ago has two errors: I belatedly realized that there is no feature in this guest book that allows you to retrieve my email address, so I guess my letter to Coach Pardee, to which he responded, can't make its way to your door unless I figure out a way to get it to you, and (2) it's not 9 pages, it's only 5 1/2 pages (I don't think he would've read 9 typed pages unless the letter were from ... well, maybe the Pope!).
May 3, 2013
Dear Mrs. Pardee and family,

Like everyone else who knew Jack Pardee to any degree, either very well or just from listening to him on local TV and radio shows, I was so impressed with his stand-up character. He has always acted like a Micah man. By that I mean, he reminds me of the Biblical prophet Micah, who wrote: "...what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?"

One day in the early 1990s, I received what I thought was a prank phone call.

"Hello, is this Mrs. XXXXXXXX?" the male voice asked.

"Yes."

"This is Jack Pardee."

A moment of silence.

"You're teasing me. This isn't Jack Pardee."

"Yes, it is. I'm calling to ask if your husband would like to meet me to show his running and receiving skills. Chris Dishman tells me your husband is a fast sprinter."

I realized at that point that the caller wasn't spoofing me, because my husband had given me a football signed by a number of Houston Oilers players, including Chris.

I quickly regained my composure and we set up a place, day, and time to meet.

Before we hung up, I told Jack that I was the person who sent had recently sent him a nine-page letter outlining some possible solutions to the team's up-and-down season, which seemed to stem from "mental" rather than physical challenges. I thanked him for sending me a personal reply, which read:

"Dear Susan, Thank you for your letter and support.

"I certainly appreciate the detailed thoughts that you expressed in your letter. Because of your effort, I will implement many of these ideas next season.

"Thanks again for your enthusiastic support.

"Sincerely,
Jack Pardee
Head Coach
JP:lg"

(Now I look back wondering how I was so presumptuous as to send Coach Pardee some "advice"!!!!)

If you'd like a copy of my missive to your husband, please email me and ask; I'd be honored to mail it to you.

By the way, my husband's speed was "off" the day we met Coach, and his hands dropped more balls than they caught. I felt badly having wasted Coach's time. But he remained the perfect gentleman, thanking us for taking our time that day.

I will never ever forget Coach Pardee's kindness to me and my husband -- indeed, to every person whose life he touched, uplifted, encouraged, molded, and improved. I hope he's one of the acquaintances I met on earth who becomes a better friend when I see him again -- in heaven.

Blessings to Coach's beloved family.
April 22, 2013
We want Jack's family to know that it was an honor to answer "Here!" when
Kerr County Aggies gathered for annual
Aggie Muster last night (April 21st)and
had Roll Call. His candle shown bright,
and we will never forget him.

John E. Gumert '57
April 9, 2013
Great Opponent and a great teammate.
Bob Grant
Baltimore Colts/Washington Redskins
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