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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 Elena reply to AN email on 9/14
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 …
Elena Didier (Mrs. Mel Didier, Sr.)
Sent to the Athletic Network by Bruce Brown. Thanks, Bruce.
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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.
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