I had a hard time deciding whether I was going to post today. Our family’s heart is breaking over the death of Katie Mesmer’s father, Marty. He is a man who simply cannot be replaced.
How do you measure a man’s life? Just look to his children and wife.
As for me, I only met Marty on a few occasions. Prom photos, homecoming, and at LAX games. You see, Ryan and Katie have been close friends for many years, going back to middle school days. What I know is Ryan loved Marty. He would come home and tell me about his debates over baseball with Marty.
Still, as I mentioned, one can understand Marty’s impact through his family. People who tell us my family is strong would think no less of the Mesmer’s. Katie has been here for us since day one with Ryan. She came to Ruby Memorial with her mom as Ryan fought for life. She arranged flights for Ryan to be transported to rehab facilities and home. She visited Ryan (and Kari) in New Jersey on several occasions. She, and her mom, arranged places for us to live while in New Jersey. They came in ahead of us and set up our apartments. They cleaned our house before returning home. Katie set up a fundraiser that brought in over $10,000 in December 2009. Katie was here, night in and night out, talking to Ryan, while holding his hand and running her fingernails over his inner forearm (which, I hear, Ryan loves!). She washed our clothes. Did our dishes. Ran our errands. Warmed our meals. Marty, I’m sure, was proud.
Katie has her father’s strength. Marty was not incline to giving in; neither is Katie. He was headstrong and determined; again, Katie.
He went down swinging. Never seeking sympathy. He was too proud. Just like his family.
Now, one thing I know is “Team Diviney” knows how to rally around those who are hurting. I beg, let’s redirect this toward the Mesmer’s.