Jeff Klopmeyer Posted November 19, 2002 Share Posted November 19, 2002 I just received some very sad news about a guy you'll never get a chance to meet. Don Christensen, a man in his late fifties who'd worked for TEAC for about 15 years, was found dead in his house today. Don was the facilities manager here. He was one of the sweetest guys I've ever worked with, and took a ton of pride in his job, which by its very nature was often thankless. But if you had some work to do in the office over a weekend and didn't have keys to the building, the one guy who you'd know would be there to let you in was Don. Don was also the guy who could get stuff for you. I often teased him that no matter how weird my request, from a special pen to a kind of paper stock to a Zip disk to whatever, he'd either have it in stock or would walk into my office the next morning and place it on my desk. Don kept our modest facilities here in Montebello looking spotless, all the time. He did this since it was the right thing to do, plain and simple. There's a little lunch area outside the building, suurrounded by hedges with little picnic tables in the middle. I just went outside and marveled at how perfect the area was...well-trimmed grass, pretty topiary. That was Don. One time, in the early morning when only a few folks were around, Don (who was about 5' 4") came into my office and asked for a favor. Eager to help out this guy that had come through for me so many times, I gladly agreed. He led me to another area of the building, then turned to me and said, "Can you grab that box off the top shelf? I'm vertically challenged." Laughing, I obliged. He'll be sorely missed. I only hope he knew how much he was liked and appreciated here. Rest in peace, my friend. - Jeff Marketing Communications for MI/Pro Audio My solo music and stuff They Stole My Crayon Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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