In Memory of a Life Well-Lived: Marc Orchant 1957-2007

As Published in the Albuquerque Journal

ORCHANT — Marc Sherman Orchant, 50, passed away suddenly Sunday, December 9, 2007. He was born on July 30, 1957 in Freeport, NY to Norman and Glenda Orchant. Marc attended Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communication, where he majored in Linguistics and Graphic Design. It was there he met and fell in love with his wife Sue.

Upon graduating, Marc intended to move to the Bay Area, but stopped in New Mexico to visit his parents. He skiied, ate green chili and was hooked on the Land of Enchantment. He thought he would live in Albuquerque for a few years and then go on from there; twenty-eight years later, this is still home. Sue joined him soon after and the rest is history. They were married June 6, 1982 and just celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this summer.

They brought two exceptional children into the world, Rebecca Sarah in 1984, and Jason Samuel in 1991. Marc’s family was his universe, everything he did was for them and his face immediately lit up anytime he spoke of them. In addition to his devoted wife, Sue; he is also survived by his son, Jason; his daughter, Rebecca and her boyfriend, Sean; his mother, Glenda; father, Norman; brother, Ed and his wife, Allison; nephew, Matthew; niece, Danielle; brother, Craig and his wife, Sue; nephew, Sam; niece, Emily; sister, Alison and her husband, Mitch; his in-laws, Jay and Ina Birch; brother in-law, Jeff and his wife, Ellen; niece, Alyssa; brother in-law, Jamie and his wife, Gail; and many other relatives and countless friends and colleagues also mourn his passing.

Marc was held in high regard by all in the technology world. He wrote a book for Microsoft, lectured at technology conventions, consulted, and was about to embark on the job of a lifetime with the David Allen Company. He preferred to describe his profession as simply “storyteller”.

One of Marc and Sue’s favorite things to do was to see live music. Together, they toured with the Grateful Dead, attended many music festivals, danced for hours and collected volumes and volumes of stories. He always shared these happy times surrounded by their countless and dear friends.

A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, December 12, 2007, 11:00 a.m., at Congregation Albert, 3800 Louisiana Blvd. NE. A celebration of his life will take place at a future date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests and requests that donations be sent to the Presbyterian Heart Foundation, attn: Cardiac Critical Care Unit, PO Box 2666, Albuquerque, NM 87125-6666. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333

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