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Farewell to a good man

Mike Francisco, a good friend with a big heart, died on Jan. 28. In the bigger picture of war, tsunamis and other disasters that make headline news, his passing will barely be noticed. But the void that he leaves is enormous. He didn’t seek recognition or fame. In fact, he seemed embarrassed by attention, but he touched the lives of thousands of people and made them better. He and a friend spent hundreds of volunteer hours making videos to train peasants in Cambodia and Vietnam how to care for their work animals after the devastation wrought by the Khmer Rouge. He created and wrote programs to assist disabled students attending the University of California. He started a food distribution program for low-income families that was later replaced by Interfaith Food. He provided rides to the elderly. These are just a few of the things he did that not many people knew about. He never asked for accolades. He was just a faithful Christian, quietly going about God’s work. He never made a big splash in the headlines for winning the Nobel Peace Prize, but he made huge ripples in the sea of humanity. He will be greatly missed.

Cathy Wilcox-Barnes

Nevada City


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