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10/13/2009 2:18:06 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA: In Memoriam Christopher J. Klicka

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In Memoriam Christopher J. Klicka, April 2, 1961-October 12, 2009

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

A longtime champion of homeschooling rights around the globe, Home
School Legal Defense Association Senior Counsel and Director of State
and International Relations Christopher J. Klicka was called home by
his Lord on October 12, 2009, at age 48, following a 15-year battle
with multiple sclerosis. An attorney, spokesman, lobbyist, and
homeschooling husband and father, Chris is survived by his wife,
Tracy, their seven children (ages 11-21), and his parents, Ardath and
George Klicka.

"Chris was both a people person and a goal person. He cared deeply
about people, but was also driven to always do more!" says HSLDA
President J. Michael Smith. "He was the most determined person I ever
met in my life. Even with all the things he accomplished every day at
HSLDA, he continually wanted to tackle new challenges and serve
homeschoolers in more and better ways. He was so focused on the
homeschooling world, but he was also very much focused on his family
and dedicated to raising his children."

An integral part of Home School Legal Defense Association's staff for
24 years, Chris was HSLDA's first full-time employee, first executive
director, and first full-time attorney. He believed passionately that
homeschooling was the best educational method for children and
demonstrated that passion in every area of his life.

Chris and Tracy homeschooled all seven of their children. He traveled
across the United States (and around the world) defending families'
right to homeschool and advocating homeschooling. He participated in
countless radio interviews on homeschooling issues. He wrote five
books on homeschooling, penned numerous articles, and had two more
books in progress when he passed away. He lobbied state legislators,
U.S. senators, and foreign diplomats to support homeschooling. He
sought greater freedom for homeschooling parents and students in every
area--from local school districts to sports associations, college
admissions departments, and military recruitment requirements. He
sought to educate the educators, truant officers, policemen, judges,
and even social workers about the benefits and legality of
homeschooling.

Even deeper than his passion for homeschooling was his deep love for
his Lord. We may never know how many people Chris inspired to
homeschool or continue homeschooling, or how many people he inspired
to draw near to his Lord.

"Chris's accomplishments as a lawyer for homeschooling are clear and
of value that cannot be overstated. He was one of the most important
pioneers of our movement," says HSLDA Chairman Mike Farris. "He
believed that this truly is God's way to teach children to love God.
He believed it deeply. His conviction was infectious. He was a man of
single-hearted devotion that I have never, ever seen equaled. The
passion that Chris felt for the mission to which God called him never,
ever, ever, ever dimmed, even slightly."

HSLDA deeply appreciates and honors Chris's life and his dedicated
contribution to our organization and to homeschooling. Our staff will
miss him more than we can express, and we are praying with and for his
family. The homeschooling movement has lost one of its greatest
advocates and friends, but Chris leaves an incredible legacy of
freedom and awareness of homeschooling to the thousands of
homeschooled students whose parents have made "The Right Choice."

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept
the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness,
which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day--and
not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing." II
Timothy 4:7-8

"Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the
crown of life." Revelation 2:10

For more information:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7074

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