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This past week I was saddened to hear the loss of not one, but two friends of mine.

Patrick Carmack, a 1988 graduate of PHS, died of a sudden heart attack last Tuesday.

Dan Nick, Jourdanton’s former city manager, passed away on Thursday.

While these two men were almost 20 years apart in age, their loss was felt by many.

Patrick was a brilliant student when I met him. A talented photographer, he pretty much took over the high school dark room (as most of the photographers did back then) and did his thing. He became a college professor in Arkansas. I graduated with his older brother Mike and had a nice chat with Patrick after contacting him to get his brother’s address. We messaged each other back and forth bragging about our respective children. You could feel the pride he felt of his daughters just oozing from his typed words.

We ended the conversation with my promise to crash their reunion. I had to laugh as his good friend Brent Bruning relayed a story of the two “robbing” the bank where I worked almost 30 years ago. These days they would have gone to jail, I’m sure. Instead, they served detention and upon graduation, the superintendent Darrell Pool gave them both a bank. All in good fun, eh?

Dan Nick was one of those guys that always had a smile on his face. He was a transplant to Texas from Minnesota and this community quickly became his home.

We also got to chat in our office during the holidays. Again, there were talks about being proud of his children and grandchildren and how he loved watching them in sports and was thankful they were nearby so he and his wife Kathy could enjoy them.

The way I see it,  take advantage of catching up with friends. Make plans, and follow through! Life is too short, folks.

SUE BROWN  is the editor of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at sbrown@pleasantonexpress.com or write at P.O. Drawer 880, Pleasanton, TX 78064.

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