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    Quote Originally Posted by MrBowl View Post
    This is a very sad shock. Since the election in 2016 I haven't been to the forum much, but whenever I did the first thing I wanted to do was to catch up on burro's comments. Truly an interesting and entertaining man, and damn funny! He was also a man of his word, paying up on a bet we had made. I always thought that it sure would be fun to be neighbors with burro.
    Yes MrBowl, Burro was very serious when it came to bets as I learned. Some years back I think we bet on how long the Continuing Resolution would last. I tried to "re-negotiate" the terms after it went into CR but he would hear nothing of it... I got an ear full! lol ... I learned you don't play around with Burro when it comes to betting.... in any case, I lost and I happily sent him the sock monkey (plus a couple extra..to make up for the "misunderstanding"... but the best one was a Batman I sent to Santa for his son Jacob..who I think was 12 at the time). I had to learn how to make them... but everyone on the site provided links to YouTube on how to make them... so it worked out really good!! New skill learned.

    I also saw Burro making bets with everyone or bartering for things... liquor, rocks, silver... and saw him reward or pay people with TSP Silver. He was a man of his word. I think he ran out or was low on TSP Silver recently and wanted us to mint some more.

    He always was rallying people on the site to do new things..TSP silver, TSP poker... oh and remember Burro's Ark... that was a very fun time! Gosh... he will be missed so very much. Still can't believe he is now with God.... just so sad. But we do have great memories of him that we can treasure for years to come. But still.... his passing is very sad and the site will be dimmer without him in it. God's blessings to his son and family...
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    We sure have some very generous people here. I had set a modest goal of raising $1000 for Matt's son and dad, not knowing what kind of response we'd get, but we've passed that already... so I raised it to $1500.

    $1000 or $1500 may not be life changing but I hope it helps them with some day to day expenses during this difficult time.

    jpcavin gave me their mailing address but I will try to find an email to give them a head's up.

    Thanks so much for helping!
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    By the way, this was grandma's idea to do something for the family. She reminded me that we did something similar for show-me, who was a moderator here when passed away several years ago.

    Thanks, grandma!
    Tom
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    RIP

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    Holy Crap//I just got the news today that Maxwell passed away..I will remember him fondly..he was a quirky devil and a beautiful, intelligent person all the same..we had our differences and yet we talked and bantered like brothers.....I will miss him truly


    And my special thoughts go to Judy..I know you cared for him a lot..just know he's out of pain and misery to keep yourself strong.




    If it isn't too painful to discuss..someone please PM with what had happened//much appreciated
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    Hey Tom,

    How much trouble would it be to set up a memorial page on here? Click the photo, get some info, that kinda thing.

    Dan
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    I know that many of you want to know what happened. I will not go into all the details of his ordeal out of respect for his son but I will tell you enough.

    On August 2nd, Matt went into the hospital to have two arterial stents implanted. This was a scheduled procedure, not emergency procedure. Also, this is considered a minimally invasive procedure. The doctors implanted five stents. The following day, on August 3rd, they implanted four more for a total of nine stents. He coded in the recovery room. They performed CPR and revived him but they had to hook him up to an ECMO machine because his heart was no longer beating on it's own. Also, blood was not flowing to either one or two of his legs - I cannot recall which. Doctors there could not figure out why his heart was not beating on it's own nor why blood was not flowing as it should. They flew him out to Mayo Emergency Center the following day. It was touch and go for a while and many times vitals would improve and we were hopeful that he was going to make it. But after several different procedures, some even extreme, all his major organs started shutting down. When all was said and done, he would not have been able to have the quality of life that he wanted and we made the decision to take him off life support. He was too independent and too full of life for anything different. He passed away shortly thereafter. He was heavily sedated the entire time so he was not able to see or speak to us. But he did turn his head towards the sound of my voice (towards me) more than once so I am hopeful that he knew we were there with him.

    He was cremated and his ashes will be scattered at the Bering Sea in Alaska per his wishes. The date is still to be determined but it will be in the distant future.

    His story is not over.

    Side note:
    There is no service and there is no obituary. I was not there when his father spoke to the funeral home so I am not sure why no obituary. It has me a bit peeved and I will look into it. I believe there was an announcement of his passing in the church bulletin where his father goes and I will post a picture of that when I get my hands on it.

    Matt devoted his entire life to his son and more recently, he took over the care of his elderly father. With the exception of his co-workers, TSPTalk members were his extended friends and family.

    Lastly, he asked me to marry him and I said yes. We were finally going to have the family we always wanted. Things were not supposed to happen this way. But many times I am reminded of something that he used to say to me, "life does not always give you what you want so you have to do the best with what it gives you." His life was cut short but we are still here and our work is not over. Life is meant to be lived and that is just what we're going to do. But it sure would have been more fun with him in it.
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    So sorry for your loss.

    Quote Originally Posted by jpcavin View Post
    I know that many of you want to know what happened. I will not go into all the details of his ordeal out of respect for his son but I will tell you enough.

    On August 2nd, Matt went into the hospital to have two arterial stents implanted. This was a scheduled procedure, not emergency procedure. Also, this is considered a minimally invasive procedure. The doctors implanted five stents. The following day, on August 3rd, they implanted four more for a total of nine stents. He coded in the recovery room. They performed CPR and revived him but they had to hook him up to an ECMO machine because his heart was no longer beating on it's own. Also, blood was not flowing to either one or two of his legs - I cannot recall which. Doctors there could not figure out why his heart was not beating on it's own nor why blood was not flowing as it should. They flew him out to Mayo Emergency Center the following day. It was touch and go for a while and many times vitals would improve and we were hopeful that he was going to make it. But after several different procedures, some even extreme, all his major organs started shutting down. When all was said and done, he would not have been able to have the quality of life that he wanted and we made the decision to take him off life support. He was too independent and too full of life for anything different. He passed away shortly thereafter. He was heavily sedated the entire time so he was not able to see or speak to us. But he did turn his head towards the sound of my voice (towards me) more than once so I am hopeful that he knew we were there with him.

    He was cremated and his ashes will be scattered at the Bering Sea in Alaska per his wishes. The date is still to be determined but it will be in the distant future.

    His story is not over.

    Side note:
    There is no service and there is no obituary. I was not there when his father spoke to the funeral home so I am not sure why no obituary. It has me a bit peeved and I will look into it. I believe there was an announcement of his passing in the church bulletin where his father goes and I will post a picture of that when I get my hands on it.

    Matt devoted his entire life to his son and more recently, he took over the care of his elderly father. With the exception of his co-workers, TSPTalk members were his extended friends and family.

    Lastly, he asked me to marry him and I said yes. We were finally going to have the family we always wanted. Things were not supposed to happen this way. But many times I am reminded of something that he used to say to me, "life does not always give you what you want so you have to do the best with what it gives you." His life was cut short but we are still here and our work is not over. Life is meant to be lived and that is just what we're going to do. But it sure would have been more fun with him in it.
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    So sad, I'm at a loss for words.
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    Some trivia from what I can recall (my memory is not what it used to be).

    He worked on a crab boat on or near the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska. As lawyers say "on or about". He loved watching Deadliest Catch because it brought back memories of his time at sea.

    He received a degree in architecture from the School of Architecture and Construction at Washington State University

    He updated all of the GIS maps for some government agency but I don't recall which. Maybe Alevin remembers. He was quite proud of this and repeated himself on several occasions.

    He served as a Councilman for the City of Waterloo, Oregon. https://democratherald.com/waterloo-...84643d492.html

    He served as a Farm Loan Officer with USDA - Farm Service Agency. He completed 15 years of federal service this year although they were not all with USDA.

    He was a very detailed person and noticed every little detail about everything down to the most minuscule and mundane. The average person would either not give it any thought or miss it altogether. He was very excitable and used his hands a lot when speaking. His son is just like him. So much so that I started calling him mini burro.

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    A really intelligent person with a great sense of humor, it was hard for me to keep up with his point while posting, mainly it was above my head some of the time. Made me think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nnuut View Post
    A really intelligent person with a great sense of humor, it was hard for me to keep up with his point while posting, mainly it was above my head some of the time. Made me think.
    That is what attracted me the most. He had a gift for capturing his audience. There was never a dull moment.

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