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Former Baseball Coach & AD: About Mel Didier from wife Elena + Funeral Arrangements Info

Dear Friends & Family,

Please forgive me  IF I may have sent Article yesterday (9/13). I realize this is not a very personal way to let you ALL know that Mel Didier, Sr.  took  his final journey on Sunday evening, September 10th – at his home in Phoenix, AZ.  

Amazingly, he recently told me that he wanted “just you and me, honeybun – that’s how it’s always been, just you and me”……  AND SO IT WAS !!!

I believe the article is self explanatory EXCEPT for the fact that – as his spouse of 40 years –  I can attest, first hand – that Mel had the Biggest – Kindest Heart ……always ready to help people become better and stronger Students, Players, Family-Oriented, On & Off the Field Pillars of their Community. 

He was an extremely knowledgeable Coach, Administrator – Developer of raw talent in football & baseball; terrific motivational speaker.   Should I go “on and on” then it becomes what Mel did not like “bragging”.

I truly wish that I could personally speak to  everyone – I know you understand that it’s impossible right now – lots of organizing …….

Due to “red tape” with mortuary and waiting on documents ….. 

Father Eric at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Scottsdale, Arizona – has agreed to perform the

Funeral Service on Monday, September 25 at 11:00 am

To quote a dear dear baseball friend ….. we never referred to Mel just as Mel – but rather as Mel & Elena – I’m beyond proud and a far stronger person “thanks to the Love of My Life”  – 40 years and counting !!

Special Thanks to each and every one of you for Great Memories …

Fondest Regards,

Elena Didier  (Mrs. Mel Didier, Sr.)

Sent to the Athletic Network by Bruce Brown. Thanks, Bruce. 

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Elena reply to AN email on 9/14

The Obituary is being finalized – I brought typed draft  to funeral home today.

They will send me proof – which will be in the Arizona Republic Newspaper
on September 20th……however, right now – I can tell you that 


Funeral:           Monday  –  September 25,  11:00am
                        St. Patrick’s Catholic Church – 
                        10815 N. 84th Street
                        Scottsdale,  AZ  85260




I will get the rest of obit to you as requested.


Thank You,
Elena Didier