Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Goodbye Brandon

When Pedar and I first started dating in 1996, I met a lot of his sisters super fun friends. Pedar and I also helped a few of them land jobs where we worked, Max's Opera Cafe. One of those dear friends, was Brandon Dingman. We were very sad to learn that Brandon died Sunday, leaving behind his wife Carrie and two very young children, Taylor and Jack. 

Throughout the years, Pedar and I would run into Brandon at soccer games and at Mission Avenue where his daughter Taylor attends school. Brandon was always jovial, always positive. He was incredibly funny and a great dancer. He loved his beautiful wife, children, family and friends very much. The world is going to miss him dearly. 

Click here to help raise funds for Brandon's family. 

Brandon's death reminds me that tomorrow is not promised. I need to tell my friends and family that I love them and be grateful for all the awesome moments I am given.

Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Please keep Carrie, Taylor and Jack in your prayers.

To see the news story about Brandon, click here.

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A Sacramento high-school campus is in mourning after the sudden death of a young basketball coach. El Camino High coach Brandon Dingman was just 36 years old when he collapsed during a basketball game with friends. Heart disease took his life on Sunday. He leaves behind a wife and two kids. 

Friends and co-workers can’t hold back the tears when remembering Dingman. He was a teacher, basketball coach, father, and friend who went to the school as a student, and later came back to serve the school that molded him.

“He wanted to make sure that the kids he was going to be in touch with had the same memories and experiences that he did,” said athletic director Cici Robinson.

But even with the death of one of their coaches, the team pressed on during practice on Tuesday. “We all know  he would want us to play hard and give everything we had,” one of his players said ..

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