RIP Swingman

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Re: RIP Swingman

Post by Mori Chu » Sat Feb 29, 2020 10:28 am

One of the very small mercies of losing someone is that it can bring others together in unexpected ways to mourn and remember them. It is nice to see posts from so many of you who I haven't heard from in a while. Miss you all and hope you and your families are doing well. Hug 'em tight; you never know.

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Re: RIP Swingman

Post by LazarusLong » Sat Feb 29, 2020 1:37 pm

I've been in contact with the family.
Services will most likely be private.
However, they are considering a "celebration of life."
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Re: RIP Swingman

Post by JJ Slim » Sat Feb 29, 2020 5:17 pm

OMG I just saw this. I can barely type right now because the tears are flowing. I also have known Swingy since the AZCentral days. He was always one of mine and MEE's favorites. He could be harsh at times but had a heart of gold. I actually saw this first on FB as he and I were friends and we talked just a couple of weeks ago. I will let you all know that even though he didn't post here anymore that he visited regularly keeping up with the Suns and what was going on with everybody.

Even though I am so sad it makes me happy to see some of you that I haven't seen here for quite a while. You have always been and always will be my family.

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Re: RIP Swingman

Post by LazarusLong » Sun Mar 01, 2020 7:31 am

JJ Slim wrote:
Sat Feb 29, 2020 5:17 pm
OMG I just saw this. I can barely type right now because the tears are flowing. I also have known Swingy since the AZCentral days. He was always one of mine and MEE's favorites. He could be harsh at times but had a heart of gold. I actually saw this first on FB as he and I were friends and we talked just a couple of weeks ago. I will let you all know that even though he didn't post here anymore that he visited regularly keeping up with the Suns and what was going on with everybody.

Even though I am so sad it makes me happy to see some of you that I haven't seen here for quite a while. You have always been and always will be my family.
I think you, Swing and I were part of the last installment of the Drunken Amateur Report ... Tyler (UO), my son and crazy Brent were also part of it.
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Re: RIP Swingman

Post by JJ Slim » Sun Mar 01, 2020 8:27 am

LazarusLong wrote:
Sun Mar 01, 2020 7:31 am
JJ Slim wrote:
Sat Feb 29, 2020 5:17 pm
OMG I just saw this. I can barely type right now because the tears are flowing. I also have known Swingy since the AZCentral days. He was always one of mine and MEE's favorites. He could be harsh at times but had a heart of gold. I actually saw this first on FB as he and I were friends and we talked just a couple of weeks ago. I will let you all know that even though he didn't post here anymore that he visited regularly keeping up with the Suns and what was going on with everybody.

Even though I am so sad it makes me happy to see some of you that I haven't seen here for quite a while. You have always been and always will be my family.
I think you, Swing and I were part of the last installment of the Drunken Amateur Report ... Tyler (UO), my son and crazy Brent were also part of it.
I remember that very well. Which in itself is amazing since I probably shouldn't have been driving home afterwards. IIRC Swingy ended up crashing there. And I didn't know that there were no more DAR's. Does anybody still have those recordings?

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Re: RIP Swingman

Post by Indy » Tue Mar 03, 2020 8:19 am

JJ Slim wrote:
Sun Mar 01, 2020 8:27 am
LazarusLong wrote:
Sun Mar 01, 2020 7:31 am
JJ Slim wrote:
Sat Feb 29, 2020 5:17 pm
OMG I just saw this. I can barely type right now because the tears are flowing. I also have known Swingy since the AZCentral days. He was always one of mine and MEE's favorites. He could be harsh at times but had a heart of gold. I actually saw this first on FB as he and I were friends and we talked just a couple of weeks ago. I will let you all know that even though he didn't post here anymore that he visited regularly keeping up with the Suns and what was going on with everybody.

Even though I am so sad it makes me happy to see some of you that I haven't seen here for quite a while. You have always been and always will be my family.
I think you, Swing and I were part of the last installment of the Drunken Amateur Report ... Tyler (UO), my son and crazy Brent were also part of it.
I remember that very well. Which in itself is amazing since I probably shouldn't have been driving home afterwards. IIRC Swingy ended up crashing there. And I didn't know that there were no more DAR's. Does anybody still have those recordings?
I think I downloaded those at some point. Not sure which computer they are on, but I will look.

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Re: RIP Swingman

Post by Indy » Tue Mar 03, 2020 8:19 am

holy shit. been gone a while and came back to this. RIP Swingy.

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Re: RIP Swingman

Post by misteradiant » Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:06 pm

i loved swing.

he had a great sense of humor, a wonderful personal style of dress, a phenomenal collection of rad old big band jazz records, and an attitude commensurate to his bourbon intake. he was exactly who he was, honestly, unapologetically. mark was an integral part of the small group that was "the drunken amateur report." what fun those days were. back when the suns won all the time and we'd stream buzzed opinions over live internet connections nobody listened to but some of you.

i am here to pay respects to a man whom i thought about often over these years. same as i think of a handful of you. friends and comrades in temporary self-destruction.

because no body and no thing wins forever.

like every thing, these bodies die. what we've done while in them is how the kosmos shall reward us. mark is surely and already resurrected in a world where drums and basketball and enormous swing bands are the most awesome things, the most revered.

peace and love to your soul forever, swingman.

MR

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Re: RIP Swingman

Post by Aztec Sunsfan » Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:25 pm

misteradiant wrote:
Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:06 pm
i loved swing.

he had a great sense of humor, a wonderful personal style of dress, a phenomenal collection of rad old big band jazz records, and an attitude commensurate to his bourbon intake. he was exactly who he was, honestly, unapologetically. mark was an integral part of the small group that was "the drunken amateur report." what fun those days were. back when the suns won all the time and we'd stream buzzed opinions over live internet connections nobody listened to but some of you.

i am here to pay respects to a man whom i thought about often over these years. same as i think of a handful of you. friends and comrades in temporary self-destruction.

because no body and no thing wins forever.

like every thing, these bodies die. what we've done while in them is how the kosmos shall reward us. mark is surely and already resurrected in a world where drums and basketball and enormous swing bands are the most awesome things, the most revered.

peace and love to your soul forever, swingman.

MR
Great Requiem Mr.

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Re: RIP Swingman

Post by Mori Chu » Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:37 pm

Well said, MR. And welcome! Good to see you here.

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Re: RIP Swingman

Post by AmareIsGod » Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:30 pm

misteradiant wrote:
Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:06 pm
i loved swing.

he had a great sense of humor, a wonderful personal style of dress, a phenomenal collection of rad old big band jazz records, and an attitude commensurate to his bourbon intake. he was exactly who he was, honestly, unapologetically. mark was an integral part of the small group that was "the drunken amateur report." what fun those days were. back when the suns won all the time and we'd stream buzzed opinions over live internet connections nobody listened to but some of you.

i am here to pay respects to a man whom i thought about often over these years. same as i think of a handful of you. friends and comrades in temporary self-destruction.

because no body and no thing wins forever.

like every thing, these bodies die. what we've done while in them is how the kosmos shall reward us. mark is surely and already resurrected in a world where drums and basketball and enormous swing bands are the most awesome things, the most revered.

peace and love to your soul forever, swingman.

MR
Well said. I've missed you man.
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Re: RIP Swingman

Post by Nodack » Thu Jun 11, 2020 9:58 pm

Yo misteradiant! I still think of Mark. We really hit it off well for years and then one year we kind of parted ways in the politics folder. Nice to hear from you again!

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Re: RIP Swingman

Post by Indy » Fri Jun 12, 2020 10:16 am

well said

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Re: RIP Swingman

Post by Singh » Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:10 am

Been away for a long time. Sad to hear this he was a great contributor to the site. Wish he could have seen a championship. :-(

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Re: RIP Swingman

Post by Indy » Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:46 pm

Singh wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:10 am
Been away for a long time. Sad to hear this he was a great contributor to the site. Wish he could have seen a championship. :-(
welcome back. sorry there wasn't better news to return to

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Re: RIP Swingman

Post by Mori Chu » Sun Jun 21, 2020 8:40 am

Singh wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:10 am
Been away for a long time. Sad to hear this he was a great contributor to the site. Wish he could have seen a championship. :-(
It's good to see you again, Singh. You're always welcome.

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Re: RIP Swingman

Post by Suns_Dave » Thu Jul 23, 2020 8:56 pm

Here checking in on the old phxsuns.net crew and this is not the news I wanted to see.

Loved how his larger-than-life personality shone through the message boards. He was one of the ones I used to chat with late at night about basketball and random things. I remember I said something once that made him mad... don't recall what it was but the man could hold a grudge, lol. I regret that I never reached out and reconnected with him.

Rest in peace, Swingy.

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Re: RIP Swingman

Post by Superbone » Thu Jul 23, 2020 9:25 pm

Does anybody know how/why he died so young?
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Re: RIP Swingman

Post by Flagrant Fowl » Thu Jul 23, 2020 9:38 pm

Arrhythmia?

Too soon? I think he'd have a chuckle at that.
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Re: RIP Swingman

Post by Nodack » Fri Jul 24, 2020 9:20 am

I get it. Yeah, he would.

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