taking care of your teeth…a sad story

February 1, 2008 at 5:42 pm Leave a comment

I got a call yesterday that Rick Jansen, a friend from college days, died on Saturday from a heart attack.

It turns out that this summer, Rick got a bad infection from a cracked tooth that he didn’t take care of. The infection spread to his heart.  He went to the hospital where they debated on a heart transplant, and decided to replace 4 or 5 heart valves instead.  He was in and out of the hospital this winter.  His roommate came home on Saturday, to find Rick no longer here.
Go to the dentist.
Rick was an incredibly gentle soul, who lived his life on his own terms.  Always in a great mood, often seen where ever good music was playing. You would always know when he was there by hearing his trademark whoop (or trill….it is hard to describe the sound, but you would know it if you heard it.   He was one of the first we knew to have a cd player & a vertical turntable, as well as a pool table in his living room.  Yo couldn’t help but love him. 
His birthday would have been on April 10.  There will be a party celebrating his life on Saturday April 12, near Pleasant Hill, complete with a big fireworks display.  Word has it that Rick’s will be ashes will be included in a mortar shell and he will be a part of the show.  
As it should be.

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