Remembering Dez          

On Wednesday, November 24, 2010, Desmond Saunders-Newton, affectionately known as Dez, left this world. A tragic loss for all who knew him, a dear friend and mentor to so many, a husband, a father, a brother, a son, and so much more... Our hearts are heavy. Dez left his one-of-a-kind impression all over the world, with his brilliant mind, his warm heart and his contagious smile. Please share here how Dez left his impression on your heart, mind and soul with stories, pictures, memories, and thoughts, along with your prayers for his family, his wife Clarissa, his son Mounir, and his daughter Ayiana.

In support of Dez's most precious legacy, the Saunders-Newton Fund has been created for the current and future education of Mounir and Ayiana. Please visit to find out how you can help.
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1) Robert Pope 
Orange County, CA
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 09:17 PM Write a comment

Dez was a wonderful man. He was absolutely brilliant... one of the most intelligent people I have ever met in my life.

As a freshman on campus at Lawrence I was privileged to perform with him in the Chamber Singers. He, like no other, went to great lengths to make sure that I was comfortable being a part of such a talented group of performers. He was so generous with his caring, so well spoken, and a constant joy to be around.

I believe there is no problem in the world greater than Dez's capacity to determine and implement a brilliant solution. Our loss of Dez is immense... it is the loss of possibility of what he had to contribute to this planet in the decades to follow.

My heart goes out to Dez's family, friends, and those who worked with him. I can't even imagine what a wonderful husband and father he must have been.
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