Yes, readers, this is terrible news…and, unfortunately, no joke.
The most entertaining and prolific commenter to this blog and at least one other — KC Confidential — died on Wednesday, apparently from an infection that spread from a leg to his brain.
I did not know The Smartman, but Hearne Christopher, who governs the KC Confidential blog, identified him as Marti N. Dolinar, 52. He was born in Kansas City, Kansas, and lived in the KC area his whole life. He was a resident of the Brookside area, I believe.
Here is Hearne’s account, which he posted on Thursday.
…I first got an inkling of trouble this morning, after reading a comment from our second most frequent commenter, “Chuck.”
At 9:59 p.m. last night, Chuck wrote this, “So long, Smarty.”
Naturally, that sounded an alarm, and a little reporting then led to the awful news.
Coincidentally, Dolinar’s obit ran in this morning’s KC Star. Here it is…
Marti N. Dolinar, 52, died unexpectedly Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at St. Luke’s Hospital, KCMO. The Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Monday, July 29, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church on Strawberry Hill in KCK, where visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Marti’s wishes were to be cremated. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Marti’s memory to Wayside Waifs, 3901 Martha Truman Rd., KCMO 64137 or to the St. John’s Church Restoration Fund.
Marti was born June 27, 1961, to George M. and JoAnn (Goodack) Dolinar in Kansas City, Kan. He was a graduate of St. John the Baptist Grade School and Bishop Ward High School Class of 1979. Some of Marti’s favorite childhood memories involve his years as a Boy Scout and Eagle Scout of Troop 19. Early in his career, Marti worked as a music-promotion entrepreneur. He devoted the remainder of his career to working in the plastic packaging industry in sales. Marti loved music, animals, reading and spending time with his family. He had an overwhelming enthusiasm for life and a clever sense of humor.
He has now joined his devoted mother, JoAnn in heaven; leaving behind his dear father, George and beloved sweetheart, Sherri Parker; uncle, Ed (Fran) Dolinar; aunts, Josephine Uniak and Rose Gerkovich; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
“…a clever sense of humor.” A-men!
God, I’m going to miss you, Smartman, and so will our readers…May you be with God in heaven.