Monday, November 23, 2009

Corrections about Bill Narum's death


My dad didn't die at home or even in Austin. He died on his land -- "The Acorn" in Thorndale, TX. He had been working on the property all day with a friend. My father said, "I am going to take a break" and began wandering off. His friend found him in the new metal structure Dad has been working into a studio for The Acorn.

He was in his lawn/camping canvas chair with his legs crossed and appeared to be sleeping. The friend let him rest until it became dinner time. When checking on him, the dear friend discovered he had passed. The only thing a little strange was a clenched hand.

They are not certain what killed him, but it was something to with heart and lungs. We will not know for sure until the official documents are released.

He was 62. My Dad BILL NARUM had an amazing life. He lived like a RockStar but didn't play any instruments really. [He does have a gold record AND a grammy for his art, though!]

He had interests in every media and resource before they even became hip. He understood the benefits of communal living, and was "Green"-er then you could imagine for someone who loved Chicken Fried Steak and all the other wonderful food at Threadgill's. His friends have been life long and very loyal. The women he loved all adored him fiercly and never stopped being special to him, even after they parted ways. Everyone who ever knew him - or of him - will be affected deeply by his passing.

The son of Bill and Mary Narum -- both accomplished artists in the their own rights -- and brother to four siblings, my dad was the oldest. He has a sister named Wendy, who was a nurse last I heard. He has a brother, Jon, who is such an accomplished fine painter that people will pay for the napkins he wipes his brushes on. [That cracks me up] His brother Kurt died many years ago from a brain tumor, but was an extremely talented painter and musician. The baby of the family is my Aunt Heidi. She too is a very talented artist. It profoundly affected me as a child to be surrounded by so much talent.

Bill Narum was also the father of two amazing women. I have lived a path very similar to his in my own ways and been a true Narum to the core. My younger sister Nico is not only brilliant, but talented and beautiful as well. While we were 15 years apart, and children of different mothers, he frequently made efforts to bring us into each others lives. Each of "Bill's Girls" has her own memory of the man which we shared and will treasure a lifetime. [And I promise you, it's not all about that RockStar guy. He wasn't that with us. We knew the private Bill. The one that would talk. If you just knew what to ask.]

Together we have bonded into an undeniable force. We are working on a few projects to provide a legacy worthy of such a multifaceted and multitalented individual. I am positive we will make him proud.

Man that felt good to write,

Lv M

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