Baumhower: Amazing Aaron Mazur

Written by: Jeremy Baumhower

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This past Sunday morning around 1:30 AM, one of the greatest laughs I have ever heard was forever silenced. Aaron Mazur, a childhood friend of mine, a person who evolved into a great lover of life, fighter, an amazing father and husband took his last breath after losing a 15 plus year battle against his own body.

I don’t exactly remember when Aaron Mazur and I started hanging out together when we were younger, but I can tell you why. Mazur had the best laugh I have ever heard; it was un-apologetically goofy and loud, but 100% authentic. His sense of humor and wit reflected the neighborhood perfectly. The only thing more obnoxious about him was his perfect smile that never left his face; it seems that cameras were invented for people like Maze.

There are few people on this planet where you can see an accurate portrayal of one’s soul captured in every photograph. Aaron Mazur was one of few people.

As I told the news of Aaron’s passing to my parents, my mother remembered that it was Aaron and his mom, Geri Mazur, that knocked on their door late one night, to tell them about a little trouble I was in with the police. That was the kind of person Mazur was. He implicated himself in a night of youthful mistakes, to make sure I was OK and that my parents knew where I was. I never thanked him for that sacrifice.

After high school I became a dad and we grew apart. Mazur and the other ‘Myrth Makers’ understood why… life changes and we have to as well. I saw him a couple of years after graduation and he looked completely yellow and gray, he was way skinnier than I had ever seen him. It was at this moment I had was informed on how his life was forever changed. He told me that a couple months previous he woke up one morning in tremendous pain and the doctors discovered his liver was failing. Aaron had emergency surgery, received a new liver and his new life started.

Screen Shot 2014-04-29 at 7.31.26 AMOn May 20th 2006, Maze married the love of his life, Katelyn Johnson, and his life evolved again. Aaron and Katelyn got all west-side immediately and have two beautiful children… Emma and Bradley.

Very few men are blessed with the complete understanding of what our hearts are for, Aaron proved how rare he was yet again.

Mazur made every moment of his second chance at life mean something. He chased his heart, he was not afraid to love or being loved.

I fully understand now why Mazur and became friends; it was his loving gentle soul. Aaron was placed on this planet to be a husband and a dad, to love.

Although he was born with a bad liver, God made it up with Aaron’s heart.

To Emma and Bradley: Living a life without your dad will not be easy, but if you tackle life the way he did, you can accomplish anything. Your hearts will be his greatest gift to you both, one day you will see. I promise.

In honor of Aaron, Katelyn and his children, please check yes and become an organ donor.



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6 comments on “Baumhower: Amazing Aaron Mazur
  1. “Very few men are blessed with the complete understanding of what our hearts are for” – best. Thoughts & prayers to you, your fam and to Aaron’s family & friends.


  2. Thoughts and prayers to all who lost an amazing man. I pray that you will be comforted by God’s love as well as each others. I would like for you and his family to know that I AM an organ donor, To be able to give someone a chance at a fresh life is nothing short of a miracle. May God bless you all.


  3. Cynthia Dixon says:

    prayers going out to all the family.God Bless,ms.Cindy Dixon


  4. Brenda Mazur says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful, kind family. My son went to preschool last year with Bradley. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!


  5. Jeff Payette says:

    To the Mazur family: Aaron’s passing is not an easy one to accept. While I moved away and lost touch with him over the years, many times I have reflected back on many good memories I shared with him. The world lost a great man this past Sunday. I have been and will continue to include him and your family in my daily prayers. It was an honor to be blessed with his friendship. Rest in peace my old friend. God bless you and your family!


  6. Sue Dubendorfer says:

    Great story of how one life can touch so many others. I’ll copy a sentence I just read that left an impression…One day your be just a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one. Sounds like Maze did that. To the family…what a great legacy he left. I hope you can life your life like he’d want you to–lots of fun and lots of memories with a thoughtful soul. Jeremy, what a great heartfelt tribute to your friend.


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