Monthly Archives: October 2013

Sending love to you…

Dan and Cheryl, I am so sorry for your loss. It is a shame that I didn’t get to know Chad well but I value that your family has been in our lives so long. I didn’t find out until a few days ago about this very unfortunate circumstance. I know there’s not a lot to say to make you feel better. But I’m sending loads of love and hugs from CA. xo


It is difficult to understand and the feelings one must have at the loss of a son or daughter a part of you that will not be their to share your future . Mary and I pray the lord gives you strength to carry one John

Our Neighbor, Chad

Chad lived next door to my family for over 5 years. He was always friendly and willing to spend time talking with me about current events. My college-aged daughter remembers him coming over to talk outside when she had friends over. My son remembers Chad helping him rake our leaves (perhaps a few from his tree), & getting involved with his effort to change a headlight. I was stunned to hear of his death. We will all miss this caring & empathetic young man. We were blessed to meet him.

Friend and colleague

One of the things I loved about Chad was his booming voice. He spoke with authority and passion. Although most of our conversations were prompted by a technical question about data or statistics, we always found ourselves just talking about life as well.

His love for science was most obvious when he encountered challenges. Even during some of his most challenging times, he approached every new day with a smile and a laugh.

One of my favorite conversations with Chad was when we talked about the relationship between science and religion. During this lengthy conversation we spoke of how the two could be reconciled. Although none of us know all the details of what happens when we pass on from this life, something tells me that we’ll all see Chad’s smiling face again.

Chad was one of those unique people who made those around him better than they were before. I’ll miss him terribly and look forward to seeing him in the next life.

Thank You

Dear Mr Watkins Chad….my heart hurts soooo much I don’t understand why God took you so soon. I have no idea how I am going to tell Anthony that his Favorite UTA Biology Teacher is gone with the angels in heaven thanks for giving me a chance and being so understanding that I am a single mom trying to make it in the world