Please add your memories of Aaron Partch.


By Deidra, Seth and Adalyn Menser

I met Aaron Partch as a new mom looking for a safe and loving preschool for my daughter, where she could also learn more about God. There are many special people at Concordia–in fact the people there were what made me decide to join this new and growing church/school–but Mr. Partch was one who just swooped in with his big, welcoming personality and straightforward approach to make us feel immediately like we had always been a part of the community and of course this is where we belonged!
Aaron was such a hit with the kids, and my daughter loved learning in his classroom. I will always remember him jumping up for all of the participation parts in family worship to get everyone excited about being there and being together in Jesus. He was also a big part of our daughters’ girl scout years and would always join in for the Dad parts. After we moved out of state, he would call from time to time, just to let me know that we were thought of and missed. One time on the phone, he called right when I was struggling with “teenager-hood” at home and he gave me some timeless advice that I still call upon today. Of course, I hear it in his voice, and I always will.
My heart breaks for Melissa and the kids. I wish he could still be here with us all, and especially with you! Although he is gone much too soon, I know that he left behind strong principles and values that will shape the lives of the kids as they grow into adulthood. My prayers continue to include all of Aaron’s sweet and faithful family, and all who were blessed to know him–love to you all.



By The Creighton Family (Marcus, Nicole and Maximus)

Dear Mr. Partch,

We MISS you!!! The world has lost a shining light. You have been an enormous blessing and have made such an impact on our family and so many others! What we experienced of you at Concordia was so special. Our little Max wasn’t even 3 years old when he walked through those doors. You met us after hours for a tour to see the preschool because that was the time that worked for us. You made an instant connection with Max and our family. From then on you treated us as family and we felt like you were part of ours. You successfully indoctrinated our young son from the time he could barely form words into pronouncing his allegiance to your beloved University of Michigan (“GO BLUE!!”). Max still remembers and still says it. We will never watch a University of Michigan game without thinking of you and having you in our hearts. Thank you for the love, the care and the individualized attention you gave our son and family. The love you had to give made every person you came in contact with feel so special. That is such a gift, and one that is sorely lacking in our world today. We know that God has everything in His hands, but it just seems like it isn’t right to lose such a good person so early. It won’t be the same without you here. Your legacy remains with us . . . the legacy that matters more than any other . . . lives touched and impacted by your presence, by your words and by your love. THANK YOU!!!! We love you and we miss you!!
Love,
The Creighton Family,
Marcus, Nicole and Maximus (Max)



By The Creighton Family (Marcus, Nicole and Maximus)

Dear Mr. Partch,

We MISS you!!! The world has lost a shining light. You have been an enormous blessing and have made such an impact on our family and so many others! What we experienced of you at Concordia was so special. Our little Max wasn’t even 3 years old when he walked through those doors. You met us after hours for a tour to see the preschool because that was the time that worked for us. You made an instant connection with Max and our family. From then on you treated us as family and we felt like you were part of ours. You successfully indoctrinated our young son from the time he could barely form words into pronouncing his allegiance to your beloved University of Michigan (“GO BLUE!!”). Max still remembers and still says it. We will never watch a University of Michigan game without thinking of you and having you in our hearts. Thank you for the love, the care and the individualized attention you gave our son and family. The love you had to give made every person you came in contact with feel so special. That is such a gift, and one that is sorely lacking in our world today. We know that God has everything in His hands, but it just seems like it isn’t right to lose such a good person so early. It won’t be the same without you here. Your legacy remains with us . . . the legacy that matters more than any other . . . lives touched and impacted by your presence, by your words and by your love. THANK YOU!!!! We love you and we miss you!!
Love,
The Creighton Family,
Marcus, Nicole and Maximus (Max)



By The Bartons

We used to live a block away, and as Concordia was being built we thought about taking our children there when they turned 2. The day I went to do a walkthrough I met Mr. Partch. The minute he smiled and said welcome I was sold. I knew this would be the place for my kids. He always had a smile, a high-five, a hug, and a compliment. We always just felt so loved and warmed. He always had such patience with my boys and was always a wonderful support for them. When we moved to El Cajon we continued to take our daughter and such a huge part of that decision was Mr. Partch. His warmth and charisma will be missed. We love you Mr. Partch!



By The Poulsen family

We were only at Concordia for a year with our daughter but Mr Partch made a lasting impression on our family. He always had a huge smile on his face and welcomed us daily. We were lucky enough to live in the same neighborhood as Mr Partch and run into him from time to time after our daughter left for kinder. On multiple occasions he would see us walking and pull his car over, get out and give us a big hug. He was a special man that will be missed by so many. Our prayers go out to the Partch family and we can only hope you’ll find comfort in knowing the legacy Mr. Partch left with so many families will live on forever while he is smiling down from above.



By Melanie Jimenez

“Give me some pow’r!” This is how Mr. Partch would greet my two boys in the morning as he extended his hand out for a high 5. He is the only person I know who could memorize over 100 names on a preschool graduation (no clipboard in hand or anything). That’s how special he made everyone feel as they walked through those doors. He knew your name and he made sure he would say it. What an angel Heaven has gotten. We love you, Mr. Partch!



By The McNally Family- Brandon, Natasha, Harper, Nicolas and Brayden

I remember the first time we stepped foot in Concordia for the first time. As first time parents, we wanted to find the right environment for our daughter, Harper. We had a long list of tours at other schools scheduled and Concordia was our first (and would ultimately be our only tour). We were greeted by Aaron and that bright and shining smile that could light up a room.

We were amazed as students and parents came up to say their good byes for the day and he personally knew each parent and student on a first name basis. Our fears and concerns of being away from Harper for the first time began to diminish as more and more students came up to give a hug or high five. We knew Harper would be in good hands and love Concordia.

Over the years our family developed a special relationship with Mr. Partch and even though much of our conversations were in passing, he always made it a point to track us down to say hello (or goodbye) and give our kids hugs and high fives. As a lifelong Seahawks fan, he would give me a hard time for being a fan of their team but it was all in good fun. This past weekend Seattle played New England and I know we would have had some good banter in the lead up to the game. Aaron always emitted a positive energy that was always in abundance. At drop off, I’d tell him to have a good day and his response to me was always the same, “you have a better one.”.

To Aaron’s family, our deepest condolences to you all. May God help you find the strength and guidance through this most difficult time. We love you Mr. Partch and will miss you dearly.



By Rodney, Kim and Sam Somera

We are so blessed to have known Mr Partch. He was the reason why we chose Concordia for our daughter’s preschool. He had such a warm and friendly personality and made us feel like family the moment we arrived. We were immediately comfortable with him and everyone at the school. My daughter still remembers how he gave her snacks during our first meeting. It always amazed me how he knew and remembered everyone’s names. It just goes to show how he was such a personable guy! We are so thankful for everything he’s done for our family and I know that he will be missed dearly by everyone. But what a comfort to know that he is now with our Lord and Savior in Heaven and is no longer in pain.

Partch Family – We are praying for you everyday and are here to support in any way we can.

We love you, Mr Partch!



By Cheers to a wonderful man! The Lomahan Family (Jed, Myra, Evan, Rhea, and Nixon)

Aaron Partch is an amazing person and is surely missed by very many! Me and the kids would hug you every time we saw you. You had a big heart as a director, teacher, and friend. I still can’t believe how you would remember every persons names (kids, parents, and those who have graduated from Concordia). Though you would always say that we are all connected!

You were a big part of our family and made such a huge impact to our lives. Nixon (our 3rd child attending Concordia) always called you “Uncle Partch”… we truly appreciate your love (and big hugs) you gave to us, Evan, Rhea, and Nixon. When Nixon sees those graham crackers box at the store you gave him every day, he always remembers that you gave them to him.

Condolences and prayers to the family. May you find comfort in all his wonderful memories. Rest In Peace “Uncle Partch”, we know that you will never be forgotten! Sending you virtual hugs up above!



By The Aquino Family

Mr. Partch you were truly an amazing soul and this community will not be the same without you. I am forever grateful for the values and love of God that you helped us as parents instill in our children from a very young age. We will continue to pay it forward because that is what you would have wanted us to do. We love you to infinity and beyond. Rest In Peace My Friend!! 🙏🏼❤️🙏🏼❤️🙏🏼❤️🙏🏼❤️🙏🏼 Melissa L. Partch your Concordia Family is always here for you and your family!!



By The West Family

We first met Mr. Partch during a preschool tour for our daughter, Audrey. We looked at other preschool programs in the neighborhood but none matched the warmth that Mr. Partch exuded that day. He made us feel confident that our daughter will be in great hands. Our son, Alexander, started his preschool journey at Concordia as soon as he turned two! Mr. Partch was a truly wonderful human being; he loved the kids so much and extended the same love to the families of Concordia and the community.

On Tuesday, May 19th, we had a one-hour growth group session with Mr. Partch. We almost cancelled because we were tired that day but we are so thankful that we didn’t. We talked about Job’s trial and tribulations, and how his faith in God allowed him to surpass all of it. Who would have thought that Mr. Partch was about to experience the same?! Mr. Partch’s faith didn’t falter; God welcomed Mr. Partch into paradise and made him an angel to watch over the kids.

Mr. Partch was a community pillar. Although he’s no longer with us physically, he will forever be in our hearts.

Love always,
The West Family
(Brian, Camille, Audrey and Alexander)



By Ryan Q

Memories of mr Partch being funny, reading a story, chapel time and telling jokes!



By The Asiong Family

We were so sad to hear the news that Mr. Partch passed away. He was always there to greet all three of my kids when they were at Concordia and as each of them moved on the kinder, he would jokingly say… “Have another one! We need another Asiong here!” The kids loved saying goodbye each afternoon with a big hug from Mr. Partch. He will be missed. May God watch over his family and give them the strength they need to continue his legacy. – Claudio, Judy, Logan, Jillian, and Reagan Asiong



By Kaitlin Oliveri

Every day that we have had the pleasure of bringing our kids to Concordia, Mr. Partch was a shining light. He took the time to get to know our boys and built a relationship with them. He helped me get them out to the car so many times after school when I was pregnant with our 3rd baby boy who was born in March. I gave birth when the pandemic started and he called us several times in the weeks that followed to check on our family. He spoke to the boys over speaker phone to bring smiles to their faces. I can truly say he was one of the kindest people we have ever known. We send our deepest condolences to his wife and beautiful children, along with his work family at Concordia. Our hearts hurt for your loss, Mr. Partch will be deeply missed. Sending prayers and peace. Love, The Oliveri Family – Kaitlin, Mike, Luca, Jack & Evan



By The Metz Family

Thank you, Mr. Partch, for welcoming our family to Concordia. You made that place feel like home for Jordan and all the students. We will miss your contagious energy and smile. Prayers to you and your family. ❤️🙏🏽



By Dr. Doug Luffborough, III and Family

Mr. Partch,

Your spirit and love for life is something I will always remember! You were outstanding at the work you loved and made our youngest daughter feel wanted and special. I will never forget that. Rest in HIS hands…job well done!



By The Roche Family

Our hearts broke when we heard the news. Our son and daughter had the privilege of being taught by Mr. Partch at Concordia. My 11 year old boy silently wept when I told him the news. His heart, love and energy was such a gift to our children and they were truly impacted by him in a way that I will always be thankful for. May his family find peace in his legacy and knowing how many lives he has touched.



By Amy & Ed Legaspi

Aaron is family to us. I can’t imagine a world without him. He’s always brought so much kindness, love and happiness to everyone he meets. My youngest son is on the autism spectrum and we were skeptical at first bringing him to Concordia because we thought that he would be treated differently. Aaron did everything to just make him feel like he was family, treated him no differently from everyone and just truly loved and cared for him. That’s the person we lost today. He touched so many lives and made the world better. We will truly miss him. Thank you Mr Partch for everything and praying for your family’s healing during this tough time. Our heart hurts. Rest In Peace, Aaron. ❤️

Love,
The Legaspi Family
(Ed, Amy, Jacob & Jasper)



By Candy Gonzalez

If it wasn’t for Mr. Partch my daughter would not have been enrolled to Concordia. She was a very shy child, did not want to shake hands nor give hugs. When we met Mr. Partch he was full of energy and never let go of his smile. At the end of the school tour he told My daughter will I see you again? and she nodded yes and gave him a hug! It was all because if him. He was an amazing person, he will be truly missed.



By Isaac Barrera

It is impossible to think of Concordia Preschool, or Fam Jam services without thinking of Mr. Partch’s bright, inviting smile. I will always be grateful for the special interest Aaron took in our family, although I’m aware that we are far from the only family he made feel such a part of the Concordia community. We are all better for having been able to call Aaron our friend. We will miss him dearly, but take comfort in knowing that he is now resting in God’s glory. We love you & God bless you Mr. Partch. Until we meet again, Old Timer…



By Eric and Shannon Richardson

Hi,

Please let the Partch family know that we are very sorry for their loss, and we really appreciate the impact he had on our kids’ (James and Charles) lives.

Our boys challenged Mr. Partch and staff when they were at Concordia, but he was determined to help them.

We live in Fairfax County, Virginia since 2018, and since we’ve moved, I thought of Aaron on a regular basis. A picture of James and Charles is above and it is the day they started school this year.. Mr. Partch passed on Charles’s 10th Birthday. James will be 13 in December. They were both very sad upon hearing of Mr. Partch’s passing and are still recovering.

Eric and Shannon Richardson



By Clarete Family

Mr Partch always had the biggest smile on his face and knows us all by name. He is a big teddy bear and always ready to give the kids the warmest of hugs. He will be missed by our family. I pray for strength and comfort during this difficult time for the Partch family.



By The Fernandez Family

All our love and prayers to his family…
He is definitely a man who will be missed, a big, sweet personality, who was always welcoming others into the church. My kiddos and I are blessed to have known him.
Until we all meet again, fly amongst the clouds Mr. Partch.



By David Zavaleta

We had just moved to the area and went to visit Concordia. Mr. Partch met us at the door and gave us a tour. Immediately you could sense how much he cared for Concordia and all those under his care. Extremely passionate. We had our eldest daughter attend for nearly two years Ellie. We all loved it there and do miss our time that we had attending.

Whenever I would go to pick up Ellie, she would never let us leave without giving Mr. Partch a hug goodbye for the day. I would often spend time in his office talking about Michigan football and other topics. We would engage in such great conversation that it became some what of a daily routine. When we moved away from the area all the way to the East Coast, Aaron and I would keep in touch. He would call to check on us and see how we were doing. How we wish Ellie could give him one last hug or that I could have one more moment to say good bye, for now. We love you Aaron! Godspeed. We will see you again.



By Joe laut

Joe Laut
September 18, 2020

Aaron will be deeply missed by our entire community. He was always engaged with the kids and family of our community. The first time i met Aaron was at Concordia, i was taking a tour and i noticed him making jokes and talking in his Elmo voice. I would also, see him at Home Depot doing his DIY home projects and was also energized and colorful Making people smile.

When my daughter graduated from pre-k and transferred to Veterans Elementary, the Kindergarten teacher was impressed by how much advance the kids from Concordia were. Staff specifically contributed the efforts rooted from none other than “Mr Partch.” He would visit other nearby schools and work with them to ensure his kids at Concordia were well prepared. Aaron is larger than life itself, he had left a legacy of excellence and impacted many, many, people. We are mourning the loss, but very grateful to have had the opportunity to come in contact with such a good soul. May he rest in paradise



By Michelle Alfaro

Hi-
We are so sad to hear about Mr. Partch’s passing. I explained to Lexi that he is with Jesus now and she said we needed to go there and pick him up. Mr. Partch welcome us to the Concordia family with open arms and we are so grateful for him. He always made sure Lexi was ok. He will be missed. We are praying for him and his family. Thanks!



By Kent Carson

Thanks for the wonderful words of comfort for all of us as we remember Aaron and the beautiful example of Christian faith and living that served as a guidepost. We are all better Christians and people because of his presence in our lives. Kent



By Claire Lai and Henrik Jensen

Dears,

What a shocking news. I could not believe it. I could not express my feeling properly in English, but my tears came out.

Please let us know if there is a memorial service that would take place for Mr. Partch and please send us the info. We would also like to know if there’s a way to help the family, such as funding as well. Please share the info with us.

Thank you,



By Gina Valencia and fam

Our Prayers to the family 🙏
Mr. Parch, you will be missed! Thanks for everything!
Rest in peace 🙏🙏



By The Naigan Family

Hello,
Thank you so much for the update. We are heartbroken with this news. Mr. Partch was like family to us even when my girls graduated 5-7 years ago, he still touched our lives. He would be the one who greeted us by name even years after, when we would drop off our annual boxes for Operation Christmas Child. We will miss his open hugs, happy smile and kindness. Our prayers are with you all and his family. Please update us on how we can help his family during this time. Condolences.
Sincerely,
The Naigan Family
(Dan, Cheryl, Makaeli, Lily)



By Melanie Alca

Our sincerest condolences and thoughts & prayers are with his family and the school. We only met him a couple of times as Kaeden started in March but his love for Jesus was evident in the way he interacted with us and those in the school during those times.



By Jamie Hernandez and family

We are so sad to hear the news. Our thoughts and prayers go out his family.

The Hernandez family



By The Medina Family (Cody)

This hurts our hearts tremendously. Please let us know when the memorial services are. May Mr Partch Rest In Peace.

Sincerely,
The Medina Family (Cody)



By Patricia Gangcuangco

I am so sorry… my heart is breaking hearing this. Mr. Partch is the sweetest and the best school director ever. My daughter Samantha loves him and my whole family. We’ll be praying for his soul and his family.

Patricia ❤️



By Carla Meneses and family

Our condolences and love goes out to Mr. Partch’s family.

Carla Meneses



By Juana Arellano and family

Our condolences to the Partch’s family.🙏 He will always be in our hearts 🙏❤️

Juana Arellano



By Enrique Hernandez and family

Very sad news. We wish his family strength and best wishes during this very difficult time. We will always remember Mr. Partch’s positive attitude.

The Hernandez Family



By Cyrill Vergara and fam

I am very sad to hear this. Please send his family my condolences. Aaron and all of Concordia are an important part of this community. My kids, Alayna and Travis, love him very much. I am thankful for him.

Please let me know if there is a go fund me for Aaron and his family.

Thank you,
Cyrill Vergara



Remembering Aaron



Drawing from a child.



Note from Bo Navarro