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Old 10-13-2016, 09:23 AM   #1
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R.I.P. Mark Rands

Many of you in the Denver area know Mark - after leaving the Balloon Fiesta National Rally last week, he passed away on his way to see friends in Texas. Mark loved Airstreams - he owned 10 of them - most recently purchased 2 last month - and he loved balloons. He would send me these incredible thank you notes with his balloon registration and he was always the most cheerful guy. When we were parking Airstreams for the fiesta he was hanging out the window of his motorhome cheering us on with a water bottle in his hand to give to us on a hot Sept morning. He was doing what he loved when he passed away - Airstreams and balloons - we will surely miss him.

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Old 10-13-2016, 03:24 PM   #2
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At the fiesta

Possibly the last photo of Mark (on right), sitting with my wife, Patrice, watching the balloon ascension on Tuesday morning. They were good friends.
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It was such shocking news. And sad. So sad!

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