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Published: Wednesday, Dec. 30 2009 12:20 a.m. MST

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Anonomous

I saw the movie Rainman years ago and then found out like outhers that it was based on a real person Kim Peak. I've seen him several times on TV specials about him and thought he was a very nice man. I would have liked to have met him.
My prayers are with him and his family.

Dadof 6AutisticKids

For a time it was thought that Kim was Autistic, later it was determined that he was not. But when many people hear that a child is Autistic they say, "Oh, like Rain Man". Some parents of Autism don't like the label but I think it's an honor. Not all children with Autism are like Kim Peek, even though many have some of his qualities.

I was very grateful to be at the chapel service and enjoyed the memories told about Kim. As we talked, Fran, his father, told me that I face many challenges with my children. He knows. I was glad to offer some words of comfort as he did the same to me.

I am very thankful for Fran and Kim's work of going out into the world to show that people with disabilities are people too. It's a difficult decision with the hardness of some people, however the rewards and the life's we affect positively make it well worth the effort.

You will be missed Kim, I'm glad to have been one of your friends. Enjoy your eternal reward my brother.

Ernie Jones

Kim touched so many lives. No one who ever met him will ever forget him. He was so much more than Rain Man - so much more than his savant talents.

Kim was the most gentle soul I've ever known - a man who always spoke straight from his heart, who always made others feel they were special. Kim always reminded me of what it means to be human.

We shared so many laughs and so many unforgettable moments.
Thank you Kim for being my friend.

Jen Bailey

I saw Rain Man before my son, who is now 21 and Autistic, was born. Justin also has some savant ablilities, but like Kim, requires constant supervision and help. Kim was an inspiration to so many-my biggest regret is we live less than 50 miles from SLC, and I didn't get a chance to have my son meet him-I think they would have liked each other. My heartfelt condolences to his family-Kim won't ever be forgotten.

Howard Lemcke

I had the opportunity many years back to meet Kim over in the City Library. I founding him to be a uniquely charming person with an innocent and open warmth. It is an encounter I remember fondly.

AutismMom

I saw Kim Peek at a picnic in our small town. He had read the phone book the night before and told people their addresses and phone numbers.
There was one guy with a Polish name and Kim Peek went on to describe his ancestor, who was a Revolutionary War hero. R.I.P.

Cliff S.

I had an opportunity to meet Kim and his father several times in the 80's and 90's during his trips to the broadcast company (KSL Inc.) where I was employed. I always found him to be kind, insightful, sincerely interested in me and eager to share his baseball knowledge and other interesting insights. His sweet spirit that touched me deeply will be remembered forever. It was an honor to interact with Kim.

Kristy L.

My encounter with Kim was on a 1991 Sunday Evening where he came to speak to the Youth of our Ward. As I was involved with this Fireside, I was there early to help set up. Our introduction was profound, I hold in my memory with great pondering. He put both his hands on my shoulders and touched his nose to my nose and his eyes penetrated to my innermost being. Then he said to me firmly and prophetically, "You will have great influence in the lives of many women". I was astounded by his remark. My bishop that morning had called me into his office and extended a new calling that would take place as soon as the Lord chose those that would be serving with me. My calling - the new Young Women's President. No one else knew of this change coming. I wondered how Kim knew, but yet felt that the Savior was whispering to him. Maybe he was confirming to me my bishop was inspired through revelation. My meeting with Kim is forever a joy and so was my calling. The next calling was as RS President. The Lord's comforting blessings upon your family.

Kamron D

My deepest sympathy for your loss, Kim was an inspiration to me. I have always felt that the Lords most chosen children were sent here with handicaps to protect them from Satan's influence. Kim must have been one of the most valiant ones. I also appreciate your sharing of his talents with the world. Having met him two separate times each left me filled with hope, he will be missed.

Anonymous

To just read of this great man is an honour, we know not of the power and gifts of God and the mind and life of this man is a shining example. We to will have the chance as Kim did to know what our minds can do, if only, we heed the council of our Father in Heaven. Heavenly Father and Kim I'am sure are both smiling right now, Kim was sent here to give us that great example of his talents.
Some day I hope and know I will have the chance to meet this great man, God Bless you Kim. With sympathy for the loss of a brother, son and friend.
L.Lancaster (from Grasmere,British Columbia Canada), now living in Christchurch NZ.

chiara

I'm from Italia, I heard about Kim's death this morning. I'm shocked. I known him from documentaries. He was an amazing big hearted man. This is a great loss for all of us. Kim was always happy to talk and show his abilities to people because he knows that he would make the people happy. My thoughts are also for his father. His life was taking care of Kim and now is alone but (please) he has to be stronger than ever. He helped Kim to live fully his life.Sorry if I made some mistakes on this post, but it's easier to read than to write in english for me.Ciao a tutti!Kim R.I.P. Riposa In Pace

Linda Cucek

Kim Peek, was a great friend to our family, he came in 2002, to Vancouver Canada, to help me fight for our son James Cucek, to have Applied Behavior Treatment. Fran, & Kim Peek, became very good friends of our family. When I found out that Kim, was Latter Day Saint, I told Fran, I just knew, because his family be with him 100%--that's the way we feel about our son James. James, has autism, he is high functioning, he really will miss Kim, he had a great visit with him, here and we got to know both of them as friends forever. Kim, is truly a legend, we love and will miss him dearly.

Stan & Linda, Brian & James Cucek, living in Mission, British Columbia, Canada

McCarty family

When "Rain Man" came out, Kim was living across the street from the grade school our kids were attending (Twin Peaks Elementary). He gave an amazing assembly to the kids that we will never forget. What a sweet loving man he was.

Anonymous

I truly honor your family's loving spirit and loving ways with Kim. How blessed he was and still is. If you are willing, would you allow a web page with specials about him to be made available for my sons and their friends and families to view? Kim softens hearts, and I struggle these days to instill kindness, patience, compassion, and wisdom in my children. Kim's story is more than a Mom's talk; he's the real example. Thank you!

Caren Stephens

I met Kim in my home in Haines, Oregon a couple of years ago. He came to speak in Baker City. Our grandson, Hollen, is autistic and when Kim heard that we couldn't make it he came to my house. I was blessed to spend an afternoon with Kim and his father, Fran. What a great experience for me. Hi, Fran Love Caren

Doris Haskell

We will miss Kim. We hope your family will feel peace with his passing. It was an honor to meet him, and witness his incredible gift. He was a great teacher.

judith from england

To me Kim was a shining light from Heaven.I feel he was what God had created in His true image.The love that he felt for his fellow man I think was truly divine.I wish I had met him.When you watched Kim on T.V.to me he seemed an Angel sent from heaven to teach the world true love and acceptence.Kim seemed to look into your very soul.He has now returned from whence he came.Love and condolences to his family and all that met him.God Bless.

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