A bright light has gone dim. So happy to have known him here. So sad he's gone.
Jeff past away yesterday. He was surrounded by his loving family.
He will be missed.
Saw this and became sick at heart. We knew this was coming, but somehow Doc seemed larger than life. He was, of course, not. Just a guy who gave what he had for the good of those he met, whether in person (I'm sure) or online.
Of course "we do not sorrow as those who have no hope" (1 Thessalonians 4:13).
"3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your soul" (1 Peter 1:3-9).
We salute Jeff Clarke, believer, husband, father and friend.
Rest In Peace, Jeff. I hope your family can find comfort in such a difficult time.
You brought so much wit, humor, compassion, and humanity to the world. You’ve left your mark on so many.
We all miss you.
Doc has meant a lot to me and touched so many lives. Thank you all for everything and thank you Doc for everything.
Raise that glass to a life well lived and shtick well slung.
My friend died today. They say, "surrounded by his family and loved ones" and I'm glad for that, but many of his friends were not there. There's no way we could be, scattered about the globe as we are. We met online 15 years ago over a love of baseball and talked about all sorts of things in the intervening years - along with some baseball.
He was a big part of the Mariners community I found online after leaving Seattle, and left a huge impression on all of us.I disagreed with him politically, but there was a whole section of the community devoted to hashing out these political disagreements. It seems quaint now, after these past few years when political lines are harsher differentials than any other, but he was a man devoted to adding to his light bulbs of knowledge. I disagreed with him religiously, but he was a loving man who helped his community and tirelessly worked to bridge gaps and uplift strangers.
He was a brilliant chessplayer and a fascinating wordsmith, and our books of both clarification and exposition are now lost to time - two people sharing words and educating each other. "As iron sharpens iron," as he might quote from the book he loved and that I view with a bit more skepticism. But if he's right then he's home now, and if I'm right then it doesn't matter - the life he lived here was good enough for me. Thanks for everything Jeff - you will be missed, and remembered, for a long time to come.
I will miss a man I never met; a friend, in fact.
He was a man who is worthy of our missing, a man of kindness, moral and intellectual strength, clarity in thought and of great humor. That’s a hell of a lineup.
He touched us all.
Godspeed, Jeff Clarke.
I have that bottle of Johnny Walker Black. Tonight, after my meeting, I will pop it, sit in the dark on my deck and offer you a toast. More than one.
Au revoir, my friend. Travel well......
What I shared on Twitter, with Geoff & John's followers:
"Jeff was a skilled writer, an insightful thinker, a caring person, and a good friend. With his relentless yet reasoned optimism Doc brought light and fun into some difficult seasons for Mariners fans. He will be missed."
It's not enough, but it's just about all I have... when nothing would really suffice anyways. The best tribute to Jeff will be looking at the world as he did - seeing the best during the tough times, enjoying the game even when the team isn't competitive, and enjoying this community.
If I could write an article a month from Mexico from a non-expert's perspective and have that work (logistically, value to the community), I would. If there's a way around the technological hurdles, I'll let the community decide what my writing adds, if anything.
Jeff was my friend. As I mentioned before I had the distinct honor to have met him on a couple of occasions. My life is richer for it. But even if those particular things would not have happened, Jeff would still have been my friend.
I am in constant awe of the assembled group of friends here. The many backgrounds, the knowledge, the gentleness of spirit, the valuing of other human beings as having worth by that virtue alone. This is what diversity is meant to be. The diversity of ideas with true tolerance has never been exemplified in any other facet of life that I have witnessed better than it has been here. This place is a true treasure to me because Jeff was a true treasure to us.
As a fellow ambassor of Christ, he is a true example of the kind of love that Jesus taught. He did not sacrifice his principles, but neither did he judge others. He had wonderful friends because he focused on being a wonderful friend.
For 22 years, I've been his "Silent Partner". I will continue to honor him with my screen name wherever I can. And I will endeaver to be the kind of ambassador he was.
With a heavy heart, but as a mourner with hope, I bid you farewell my friend.
I regret not posting sooner, thank you Doc for being the way you are. You are remembered and loved.
Selfishly I will miss you, but you've earned this vacation. I'm sure we'll meet again.
My AOL baseball stories begin with printing out articles from there about the A's in the late 80's while I was visiting an uncle. Even as I enjoyed other sites in returning to local fanhood in the 90's, I never really found a baseball home until I started reading the voices Doc had been collecting around him here. His piece that first linked me here asserting that Pineda could dominate just fine with 2 pitches and the conversation that ensued wasn't long enough ago.
I wish I'd found the group sooner and that he could have witnessed the development and hopefully winning that seems to be progressing now from amid the minors. He deserved to see the '20's in T-Mobile if they're to be how it seems from here.
I want to also thank all of you here who were also drawn together by him. Several times I've had trouble putting faith in humanity only to read disparate but cordial and thoughtful discourse where learning was often welcomed even when agreements could not be reached. We, as we are gathered together here, are still a living creation of his character and magnetism. His last requests here were for us to keep that alive. Let's not let him down.
And we ought not forget that Jeff repeatedly made the decision to continue supporting this community website free of charge. He didn't view us as a stepping stone to greater things. We WERE the greater things in his mind.
grateful for all he did for all of us and so glad that he got to see everyone's tributes. Prayers to all his loved ones.
Even though I have been expecting this for ~5 years, it still hits hard.
PSA: get your colonoscopies at age 45 (new recs) gentlemen (and ladies).
to disagree but still have a civil conversation with someone on the Internet. And to make a valued acquaintance with someone you've never met.
Jeff did that.
My deepest sympathies to his family.
It feels weird to post this here, but I don't know where else to do so.
I will not be able to access this site once I return to Mexico in early October. (I can read articles thanks to the miracle of RSS, but while the international tech snafu remains uncorrected, I cannot comment or see images or post articles)
Does anyone have the keys to Detect-O-Vision? If the primary community continues here, and there were a way for me to get post-level access to DOV (drdetectovision.wordpress.com), I would happily continue doing so there.
I don't know if Doc paid for that blog site, or a site URL, or anything... I'm basically assuming it's a free site where we could continue posting indefinitely. But then again, I'm assuming the same about SSI. Does anyone know if that is true?
In short, regardless of whether or not *I* can access the site... the real question is, WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE ONLINE FOR THIS COMMUNITY TO CONTINUE FORWARD, and specifically, do we need to do anything to ensure that happens?
Great questions, KingC.
My understanding (take it with a grain of salt) is that either site would require both financial sponsorship and administration. It appeared as an observer that Doc hoped at some point to gain some level of subscriber base. I presume this was not only to make a little money but also to offset his costs and admin time. In neither case do I know firsthand, as I never met Doc personally.
And I know nothing about keys. I can't imagine his wife will be able to devote time or money to making continuance possible, but perhaps Doc had made some sort of plans to at least make the keys accessible to someone willing to undertake that role. Perhaps not.
Was away for four months and missed most of this...
Followed Jeff since I was around 15 (18 years ago) never posted much because you all are a level above most and my grammar and way with people is mostly misunderstood.
Not many people I respect more in this world than Mr. Clarke, I may have never met him, but I sure will never forget him...he’s made me a better person and I needed people like him in my life more than most. Thank you for everything you never knew you did for me...
though what we'll find, we cannot know.
Will friends long lost await us there?
Will they sport gray or richer hair?
Will we look different doffed of skin?
Will we recognize kith or kin?
I know not what the answers be,
But confident am I that we
Do with our hearts and minds transform
The worlds into which we are born.
For all stars, dim or bright, pass on
But their light lingers, dusk till dawn.
So I, in quiet moments, vow
To search the skies and wonder how
I might of those stars worthy be
Who gently shone their light on me,
And pray I, one day, hear friends talk
Of me with half my love for 'Doc.'