Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Justin 1981-2008

We've just found out that our good friend Justin Wright passed away today. He had a heart attack at the age of twenty seven. We're still in shock. It's very hard to believe he's gone. It's unreal.

We were classmates and roommates back at CalArts and were department PA in the together. He was a professional, passionate, hard working, reliable, funny, supportive, creative person. Since we graduated he moved back up north to work at Pixar, where he always wanted to work. He was a storyboard artist, and he was darn good at it too.

And we've been just looking at our wedding photos this week, and found him there, with his goofy smile, celebrating with us. It's hard to look at them now. It's just so... crazy.

If you are a believer, please say a pryer for him, he was one. And please send a comforting thought to his parents and sister.

Justin, it's hard to imagine we'll never see you again, talk about video games, argue about movies, plot our creative careers, our young lives together. It's so hard to talk about you in past tense. You might be gone, but not forgotten. You'll always live in our hearts.

We miss you.
Your friends.

More from friends and co-workers on Cartoon Brew, and from Amanda.



At 6:40 AM, March 19, 2008, Anonymous sarah said...

Hugs, dear one. I don't know what else to say.

At 1:35 AM, March 20, 2008, Anonymous mella said...

I've just watched his Portfolio. He was a great artist!

At 7:01 PM, March 31, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was Justin's youth pastor from 94-99 in Napa. When I met him he was short and plump and his face was ballooned up from reaction to the anti-rejection meds for his new heart. After he finally got off of them, it was a joy to see him grow tall and slim down. He just blossomed in so many ways. But his joyful and fun-loving spirit was always there from the first day I met him. On a side note, his mother who taught at our church school, knowing my love for reptiles, gifted me the classroom pet. It was a leopard gecko named Lizzie. Lizzie was lost in the classroom for 5 months. When she was found at the end of the year, she was skin and bones. Mrs. Wright said if I could nurse her back to health, I could keep her. That must have been around '96 or '97. Well, Lizzie is blind in one eye and can't see out of the other so I have to feed her crickets and mealworms by hand, but she's still alive! I often think of the Wright family when I care for Lizzie. My heart aches with them now for their loss, but rejoices with them in the hope of the resurrection when Justin will receive a new body with a perfect heart. Eagerly looking forward to that great day of reunion, NLK


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