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Published: Monday, Oct. 29 2012 3:00 p.m. MDT

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Plano, TX

Good thoughts Dick... Sorry for the passing of your friend; none of us get out of here alive, live each day with the long view...

AZ Blue & Red
Gilbert, AZ

Amen and Amen

Spanish Fork, UT

Sorry about the passing of your friend and appreciative of you paying tribute to him and the gratitude for Dave Rose. Don is on to a great mission.

Salt Lake City, UT

Thanks, Dick. We all need to take a sobering look at the realities of life every once in a while. You've given us much to think about.

Cedar City, UT

Excellent piece, Dick ... a good read with a message anyone can appreciate. Thank you.


Thank you Dick, for your wonderful tribute to my husband.

South Jordan, UT

Very well said!

Richmond, VA

Thank you Dick, for a very moving and inspirational story. So sorry about the death of your friend. My prayers go out to him and his family. It's times like this that should remind us all to get on our knees and thank our Savior for his glorious atonement and rejoice in the hope of the resurrection, immortality, and eternal life.

Thank you also for reminding us of Coach Rose's personal battle with that horrible cancer. May we as fans be mindful of that and strive to be civil and respectful when we disagree with any of his coaching decisions on and off the floor. My prayers are with him too. I want to see him at BYU for a long, long, time.

Go Cougars! and go Coach Rose!

So. Cal Reader
San Diego, CA

Dick- Tender article, and I'm sorry for the loss of your good neighbor. My father-in-law was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer 18 years ago & given 3-6 mos. to live. He was released from the hospital without any treatment. He wanted to live out the remainder of his life in peace. He's still with us 18 years later and going stronger than ever! He is truly a walking miracle, and our family and many others are blessed as a result.

I agree we should never take anything for granted in life. But as Cougs fans, we, you & others as sports writers have all the right in the world and the need to second guess coaching plays, calls, decisions making, etc. Because Rose has chosen to remain in the coaching profession (let's face it. There's a ton of other less-stressful things he could do) that stuff really does matter for the team itself and the success it sees. And I believe the coaches would view it as the same way.

Ogden, UT

That pretty much puts things in perspective. I know I am not prepared.

Orem, UT

Thanks for a great article. Most articles are informative. Few make a real difference. This one does.


Amen to this big time. Thanks for putting things into perspective. So often the importance of sports is blown so far out of proportion. I think especially in college sports, its really about the development of young men and young women. I think sports has evolved over the years to put so much emphasis on winning that for the most part it has become very negative.

Thanks for putting things in perspective. I for one, appreciate it.

Mapleton, Utah

I never met Don, but I knew Karen well. She is a great lady and is always serving others to the best of her ability--which is high. If Don was anything like Karen, he will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to Karen and her family. Mapleton loves you too.

Thank you for the perspective and the reminder of what is really important in life Dick. You did it so well.


As a utah fan, great article

Orem, UT

Thanks for the reminder and insight, we should all remember...Best wishes to your friend's family.

Holladay, UT

What an awesome tribute to my cousin & fiend. we have not had the opportinity to fish together for many years, but I fondly recall the many days that we did. His untimely death reminds me that none of us can take life for granted and our time here is short. May his family and friends smile at his memory and take comfort in one another....God Bless

Alpine Blue
Alpine, UT

Powerful and poignant reminder Dick. Thank you for the perspective.

Prayers, love, and condolences to Karen and the entire McCandless family.

Pocatello, ID

Nice article. I didn't know Don but I saw a friend of mine from high school who grew up in his ward and talked about losing such a great example and former youth leader and what he meant to him over all the years. Your article made the connection to who my friend Chris was talking about. Thank you. Very well written.

Springville, UT

I knew Don as a lawyer, as we were opposing counsel on a few cases. It was a shock to hear of his death, and a sadness, in no small part because it has been such a pleasure to work with him from time to time. That isn't true of all lawyers. If more attorneys were like Don, there wouldn't be nearly so many lawyer jokes.

Stockton, CA

I haven't got the words......

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