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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
Dear family and friends of Kim Peek,This is a very late addition to dear
Kim's memory, but I would like to say that he sounds like a perfect angel,
going out of his way to do nice things and even though I have never met or heard
of him until today, I know that he was one of the most influential men with
birth defects, and I sincerely hope that one day his name will be known to all,
and that he will be properly respected after his death. I am glad he got a
chance to blossom from the attention, and I am also touched by Chiara's
comment. I also recently found out about the death of Fran, and I hope that he
was rewarded greatly for taking care of his special son Kim Peek.God bless
you Fran and Kim Peek