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) Jim Olson 
Alexandria, VA
Saturday, December 11, 2010 05:34 PM Write a comment

Hi Dez!

Though I've only known you a few short years and have seen you infrequently, you have inspired me. I admire your intellect, wit, and unwavering positive attitude, and try--usually without success--to follow your example.

While your departure will be deeply felt, it is clear from the thoughts expressed by everyone here that you have touched and inspired so many others. Rather than leaving a vacuum, you have endowed a legacy.

I know that I'll never listen to jazz again without thinking of you.

Aloha and best wishes on your latest adventure!
--Jim Olson
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