An open letter to Mark Bixby from the Downtown Long Beach Associates

Dear Mark:
A wise man once said that “To live in the hearts of those we leave behind is not to die.” There isn’t a more fitting sentiment as we reflect on the life that you led and the lasting impact you will have on those of us who had the honor of calling you a friend.
There are few people in this world who carry with them such passion and dedication to the things they hold dear. Your contagious energy and vigor for life were part of that Mark Bixby charm that so many enjoyed, but it was your commitment to this community, your allegiance to friends and your incredible love of family that will continue to be an inspiration to us all.
It was such an honor to work side-by-side with you and to see your vision come to fruition with the Long Beach Bicycle Festival and Tour of Long Beach. We were all awed by your excitement and enthusiasm and unrivaled ability to rally support for a cause. Your leadership and can-do attitude helped create an event that will raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the patients of Miller Children’s Hospital of Long Beach in the coming years. 
Your contributions as a DLBA Board member were just the tip of the iceberg when it came to the generosity you showed in giving your time to make a difference for good of the community. You quietly supported so many organizations that help make Long Beach a great city, and your smiling face and gentle spirit lit up the room wherever you went.
We honor you, Mark, not only for the extraordinary man that you were, but for the lasting impression you made on the world around you. Your life was short but made an immeasurable difference. 
Thank you for giving us so much of yourself and for making us laugh and smile along with you as you did. And thank you for reminding us that it is not how a man dies that is important, but rather how a man lives. May your next adventure be as fulfilling as the one you shared with us.

With love and admiration,
Downtown Long Beach Associates

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