In Memoriam . . . John Denver
1943 - 1997

Poet for the Planet
President and Co-Founder of The Windstar Foundation

The sunshine has left our shoulders for a time. John Denver died doing what he loved, and I guess that is the way it ought to be. When you finish your work, you are called home and your earthly work is then left for others to continue, for great souls exist to educate and inspire.

John was a poet, a singer of songs, a friend to many, an idol of millions. Through the sadness and the emptiness of our hearts, we honor our friend with personal memories of his laughter and his profound intellect. We remember his public gifts of song and self, his harmonies of love and nature, his vision for a sustainable future, and all of the joys of life he shared through an extraordinary ability to entertain.

In time, we will celebrate his life without the salty sadness of tears, and that As right. We all come into this world, make choices, make sacrifices, laugh a little, love a little, cry a little, and learn through experience that the true importance of life is to share our gifts, to be true to ourselves, and to make the world a little better place to live.
Rolland G. Smith

In lieu of flowers, John s children have identified three charities they would be grateful for you to consider in remember their father: Windstar Land Conservancy, 2317 Snowmass Creek Rd., Snowmass, CO 81654, The Hunger Project, 15 E. 26th St., NY, NY 10010, and The Cousteau Society, 870 Greenbrier Circle, Suite 402, Chesapeake, VA 23320.

Awareness Magazine will feature John Denver and his enormous contributions toward the healing of the planet in our Earth Day I edition (March/April '98).

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