Cronin, Max Burleson

Max Burleson Cronin

January 13, 1989 - January 14, 2016

Our beloved, Max Burleson Cronin, committed suicide 1-14-16, at the young age of 27 years old,as a result of devastating complications from an elective laser eye surgery. He is remembered and grieved by his family, his friends, and all who knew him. His absence and loss is a heart shattering event for us left behind. Max was a resident in College Station and attended Blinn College. He had aspirations of attending A&M this Fall pursuing a degree in Petroleum Engineering. Max was an Iraqi War Veteran and proudly served his country against Al Quada on the battle front. He was using his GI Bill for his education. He was proud to be a native Texan, an American Soldier, and soon to be Aggie. Max is a descendent of the Burleson family, an old Texas family who fought Indians and settled Texas to create the great State it is today. Max was known for his smiles, his laughter, his devotion to family and friends, and his big heart. Max was always available to help those in need and to defend those persecuted. Max understood difficulties and had compassion to those struggling in this life. Max had been born with a severe learning and language disability, with his first sentence spoken by him at the age of 7 years old. His struggle to talk and learn created a man of strength, perseverance, and compassion. His pride was achieving his life goal of attending college. Max knew Jesus as His Savior. He is eternally alive in Heaven and in all of our hearts. Max had a simple desire not to have to wear glasses. He believed a Laser Eye Surgery was a safe procedure. He had an "enhancement" of PRK. He developed severe corneal hazing resulting in blindness, severe constant eye pain, dry eyes, and other complications. Efforts to get help through the VA were not successful. He was unable to continue his classes or work, resulting in financial collapse of his household. He left suicide letters stating his eyes were ruined and thus his life. May the Lord grant us who have lost this precious life, strength to endure. I will love you forever son, the most precious life I have had the privilege to know and love.

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My heart goes out to Max and his family. I think Connie Lee's comment was very sincere and thoughtful. However, I do not like the word loss, or lost, when referring to a family member or anybody for that matter, who has left this world. This is not directed at Connie Lee or anyone in particular. You, Max's family, will never lose Max. He will be in both your heart and souls in this life, and along with being in God's arms, he will be in your arms as well for all of eternity in Heaven. This October,will mark the one year anniversary of my brother John's passing due to stage4cancer. I know both my family and I too will see him in Heaven one day as well. He like Max loved and worshipped the Lord Jesus Christ. God bless you all, and remember- One day at a time.

Night Watcher

I am so very sorry for your loss. I too lost my son by suicide. He was 16 years old. My son also had a faith that never wavered. He too had trouble getting help from those that were supposed to be there to help. I am Navajo from Arizona. An Indian. I pray that your faith brings you comfort. Sincerely, ConnieLee Night Sky Watcher of College Station

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