Mike Bearden left this life a beloved son, husband, father, grandfather, mentor and instructor. His love and genuine care flowed out of him in every story he would relive about his family, friends, and students. As a tribute from his students, I would like to take this opportunity to tell his family how reverenced he is among us. We were with him through his fight and watched him persevere everyday. He not only taught us about calculus and physics, but about how important life is and how we have to cherish each moment for we know not when it is going to be our final. He was and will forever be one of the most influential people in my life. He will, for decades to come, be rendered dearly in all of our hearts. My prayer is for the family to find comfort and guidance, and be able to relish in the knowledge that the world will forever be changed by Michael Bearden. He is truly a legacy that will live on.