I was at Marty's house in 2001 with all the other 8th grade coaches for the draft. Everyone comes to Marty's house from work and they are ready for the draft. The 8th grade is the final year that a lot of kids play and it is the last year that fathers coach their sons - so it is sort of like March Madness for Fathers and their sons. Everyone asks, "let's get the draft done Marty." Marty just smiled and said, "no, we have food, beer, wine, sodas and water that we are going to enjoy first." Marty then comes up to me and says, "I know these guys Dave, things will go a lot easier after they have a few drinks in them." I just smiled and said, "you're brilliant Marty." He was brilliant and just a hell of a great guy. It is a very sad day and Marty will be absolutely missed.
I will be at Marty's funeral this Saturday. I am sure it will be standing room only. I am sure that there will be lots of coaches there as well. I am sure there will not be a dry eye in the house....
Below is the obituary from The Washington Post:
Marty Mesmer died peacefully at his home in Ashburn, VA, on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 surrounded by his very loving family and his many friends. He had leukemia. The family would like to say a special thanks to all the caring and compassionate oncology nurses at Virginia Hospital Center.