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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. 

* * * * * *

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

 

                        480.998.3843

 

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

 

Thank You,
Elena Didier

 



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