Mark A. McMillin

Mark A. McMillin

Mark Allan McMillin (Papa, Mac, Coach Mac) age 70, passed away unexpectedly Monday, June 4, 2018 on the golf course of a heart attack. 

Mark was born December 31, 1947 in West Plains, MO to Ruth and William McMillin.  He graduated from Swartz Creek High School where he was an All-State baseball player, and talented musician. 

Mark served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War where he was awarded the Purple Heart, Silver Star, and Bronze Medal.  Mark taught and coached for 36 years at Otsego High School. 

His greatest joys came from his wife Laura and four children and eleven grandchildren:  Samantha and Danny Sturman (Josie and CJ Jackson, Brent and Abbie Sturman), Pollie and Mike Gilchrist (Skyler, Kate, and Ryann Gilchrist), Jason McMillin and Christina Kunick (Jonah Pfau and Clara McMillin), and Pennie and Doug Start (Evan McMillin, Drew, and Cooper Start). 

You could always find Mark at his grand-children’s sporting events and activities cheering them on the sidelines or helping announce in the press box. He loved fishing, golf, and horse-shoes down south in the winter-time. 

Mark had a never ending positive spirit and energy around everyone he encountered.  A true role model of a kind hearted person; always loving, supportive and present.

He is survived by his loving wife, children, grandchildren, extended family, and many close friends that had a special place in his heart.  

He is preceded in death by his parents, Ruth and William McMillin, sister, Billy Sue Atherton and brother, Curt McMillin.  

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends my visit with Mark’s family from 6:00-8:00 P.M., Thursday, June 7, 2018 at the  Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. 

A Memorial and Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 A.M., Friday, June 8, 2018 at the Lynx Golf Course in Otsego. 

For a lasting memory, donations in Mark’s name can be made to Wings of Hope Hospice, 530 Linn Street, Allegan, MI 49010.

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  1. Laura LaRoy DenHarder says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Me. McMillin was one of my favorite teachers. He was able to make sense out if science for me. Your family is in my prayers.

  2. Matt & Marcy Shenck says:

    Laura, Sam, Pollie, Jason, and Pennie

    My heart aches for all of you. Mark was a wonderful human being and like a second dad to all of us. He will truly be missed.

    Hugs to all of you

  3. Marcy Locatis says:

    I am sad to hear of this. I loved having Mr. McMillin as a teacher. Hugs and prayers go out the family.

  4. Susan Kleppert says:

    Thoughts and prayers to you all. Mr. Mac was a wonderful teacher.

    Susan (Vandervest) Kleppert.

  5. Gary Burd says:

    great teacher, coach, fellow umpire, and friend. much love and prayers to you Laura, Sam, Jason, Pollie, and Pennie…and the rest of the family. many laughs, with him…I will miss him dearly!!!

  6. Jen jameson says:

    I am so very sorry. Mark was an amazing man. Always so easy to talk to you with that amazing smile. He will be so missed.

  7. Jim & Susan Crowell says:

    The soccer stands were like a home and he was a leader of our fan family. Our hearts are breaking and we are sending so much love and strength your way.

  8. Scott, Dana, Daphne, & Fiona Stone says:

    Mark was a great man, and I’m a better person for having known him. Very sad to hear of his passing. Our love and condolences to the entire family.

  9. LaRayne Sweet says:

    I am so sorry to here this, my Prayers are with you all

  10. Dylan and Amy-Jo (Klumpp) Steele says:

    Sending you all our love , thoughts and prayers my heart is breaking for you all may God be with you now and in the days to come to bring you comfort, peace and strength!! What a great man so many looked up too he will be greatly missed !!

  11. Jim & Tammy (Thompson) Drake says:

    Laura and Family, So very sorry, God Bless You All, Our Prayers are with You!! Hold on to those beautiful, fun, loving Memories! Mark the people of our town Otsego will miss you!

  12. Toni ward says:

    Mark will be missed by many good at everything he has done. Great teacher friend etc. I am sending my prayers to the family, friends and children and grandchildren.

  13. Christina Ellinger says:

    Laura, Sam,Pollie, Penny, jason and Christina! Jason and I are so sorry for your loss! Mr. McMillin was a wonderful man! Your family has been there for my family For many years!! He is going to be missed terribly . We love you guys!! ❤

  14. Kimberly Horn says:

    Several fun memories in his class. Everytime he had the electricity ball in his room. He would always call on me to demonstrate because every single one of my long hair would stand out straight. My condolences to his entire family.

  15. Edith (Peck) Nieboer says:

    So many fond memories of Mr. Millian. He was an awesome man! Prayers for his family!

  16. Kim Klumpp Palmer says:

    My prayers are with you all. Mr. McMillin always had a smile for me when ever I saw him in school or years after, I have never forgotten how the power of a smile can make a students day because of him. Sending my deepest sympathies, hugs and love to you all.

  17. Anna (Crawford) Speaker says:

    He was a great teacher, and will be missed by many. My heart goes out to you all.

  18. Sandy Maynard says:

    Laura and family, I am so sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. My heart is very heavy for all of you. The loss of a loved one is so very hard to endure. Hold on to the Memories and each other. My love and sincere condolences to you all.

  19. John and Peggy Masters says:

    We are saddened by this news. Otsego has lost a great man but he will always be remembered for what he did for our community.

  20. Doil Smith says:

    Good-by old friend

  21. Todd Rose says:

    Sorry to the McMillin family during this time of lose. He was a great mentor and coach to me during my high school football and track career. I have no doubt he will be sorely missed by family and friends.

  22. Daniel Burkhead says:

    Mark was a great co-worker at The Lynx he will greatly be missed by all

  23. Chris Newland says:

    I am sorry to hear of coach Macs passing, I had a minute visit with him a couple years ago. He was a great teacher, coach, and as a veteran, he was a hero. Saluting you coach Mac for serving the nation.

  24. Ron and Ruth Young says:

    We’re so sorry for your loss. May God give you His Peace . Glad we got to see him last week at Brewster. Him calling Ron, ‘Fuzzy’ brought back good memories.

  25. Lauri Seibert- Krueger says:

    Dearest McMilin family… I am so very sorry to hear of Mr. McMillins passing yesterday. I was standing in Otsego High School when I got the news, as sadly fitting as that was. He was a wonderful guy, teacher and coach. I am thankful that I spend my years at OHS with him there. I am so sorry for your loss….may love and light guide you. He will be missed. XO

  26. Linda Marie Bultema says:

    We are saddened for the loss of such a wonderful, outgoing, jovial person.
    Mark always took the time to converse with Mike and I wherever we were…CJ and Josie’s wedding…LaCantina restaurant.
    We are all better people to have known him.
    Our sympathy goes to the entire family. May wonderful memories sustain you during this time of great loss.

  27. rick mary howrigon says:

    Laura and Family
    Our love and Prayers to all of you. Mark will greatly be missed by many. He was a Man of a very kind heart. Always had a kind word to say.
    May all the memories you hold dear in your heart , help you a bit during this sad time. Going to miss that genuine smile he had

  28. William Nelson says:

    I am so very sorry to learn of Mark’s passing, although it has been sometime since I have seen him, “back in the day” we were real close and shall never forget the great times we had together. He truly was one of a kind and he will be sadly missed by all who had the honor of knowing him. My deepest and most heartfelt condolences go out to the family.

  29. Rabbi Brian Tice says:

    My deepest condolences to Mark’s family in this difficult time. Working at the schools was always made more enjoyable when Mark was around. May his memory be a blessing.

  30. Amanda (Querio) Sherwood says:

    deepest sympathies in your time of sorrow . Mr McMilin was among my favorite teachers at otsego , he will be greatly missed .

  31. Steven Yankoviak says:

    I really enjoyed having Mr. McMillin as my chemistry teacher, track coach, and neighbor. He had a great sense of humor and he really pushed me to be my best my senior year of track. You will be greatly missed. My heartfelt condolences to the family, you will remain in my thoughts.

  32. Ruby Rogers says:

    Laura and family,
    I remember Mr. McMillan from school, he was always so positive and always gave such encouragement, I know otsego as a whole in the school system will miss him,I also remember when I worked at Dollar general he would come in always smiling. May God comfort you at this difficult time. Your in my prayers.

  33. Tim and Marcia Quigley and Family says:

    Dear McMillin Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We shall continue to keep you in our prayers and we shall always remember your kindness you showed us when we lost our Paul. We firmly believe that Mark is now an Angel in Heaven watching over you.

  34. Melanie Mathis Hooker says:

    An amazing teacher, one of my favorites! So sorry to the famiky, but know he made an impact on so many lives.

  35. Gary and Barb Rhoades says:

    Mark was a good friend, a fellow teacher, and coach at Otsego High School. He was a joy to be around. We have many fond memories of him and his family. Barb and I enjoyed the friendship of Mark and Laura. He will be missed by all. Our prayers go out to Laura and the family.

  36. Chip Gott says:

    Mark was a great mentor to me over the years. From sports to coaching and even being a dad. He will be greatly missed. I pray that the family finds peace and comfort during the days to come.

  37. Jenny Todd says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss!!! Mark was a great teacher!! He will be missed!!!!

  38. Mick vanarsdal says:

    I am so sorry for your families loss. Mark always had a smile on his face. Always asked how myself and my life were going. He was easy to talk to and always gave encouragement. I will definitely miss the bocce ball games in the backyard and hanging out with him just like one of the guys. May God bless your family. Rest in peace Mr. McMillan ❤️

  39. Neil and Sue Browne says:

    Laura, you know what’s in our hearts and how we too feel the pain. I will truly miss a great friend and associate coach.

  40. Marlene Weber brown says:

    Mark was raised in Gaines, MI and lived near my family. He and my older brother played together when they were very young. I haven’t seen him since we’ve grown up. He was a nice kid. Condolences to Christy and the family. So sorry.

  41. Lynne Cook says:

    Mark was my sons track coach years ago and they liked and respected him very much. I worked for the food service at OHS and he always had a smile on his face and a positive attitude. Thoughts and prayers to his family.

  42. Jim and Linda Judson says:

    So sorry to hear of Marks passing. He was a lifelong friend who we used to hang out with back in the day. One of the Gaines gang! RIP Mark. Jim and Linda Judson

  43. Sally Bennett says:

    So sorry for your loss!! Thoughts and prayers to you all!!

  44. John & Diane Glessner says:

    Dear Laura & family,
    We were so sorry to hear this sad news. It was always very obvious how much Mark loved his family. Our heart grieves for all of you. We will lift you in prayer and ask God to bring His comfort to you. With love,
    John & Diane Glessner

  45. Sherry Schumaker (Fisher) says:

    Laura and family, I am so sorry to hear about Mark. He was always such a positive guy who would find the bright side in anything. My thoughts are prayers are with all of you, but take comfort in the fact that Mark touched so many lives in such wonderful ways. God Bless

  46. Kathi Fuss says:

    I was SO sorry to hear of Mark’s passing! I always enjoyed working with him at OHS. He was a great and fun guy to be around! Hugs to all and prayers are with you. Hold on to the memories

  47. Kirby Goodwin says:

    Dear Laura and family. Mark and you were always such good neighbors. I will always remember what a positive influence Mark had on my sons during theirs years at OHS. I am so sorry for your loss.

  48. Kerry n Sue Knight says:

    Laura and Family sorry to hear about Mark sending Prayers to you and Family

  49. Ron Plotts says:

    We have lost a wonderful man this week. I got to spend the best times of my life with Mark at the ballpark and with his wife for many years. Mark was always so good with the kids and also us adults. Those were times I still think and talk about. Rest in peace my friend and fellow Vet. You are already greatly missed.

  50. Dan McGuire says:

    Mark was great coach and teacher for my four sons! They always respected him and enjoyed his positiveness. I played softball with him on the Otsego Merchants and he was a good ball played and leader. He ran the Memorial park rec. leagues for years and we all enjoyed how organized the park was! He was a class act in everything he did. We are all better to have known Mark! Prays and hugs to all the McMillin’s!

  51. Cindy Kimber says:

    Chris, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dear brother Mark. My thoughts, hugs and prayers to you and your family.

  52. Bruce and Sue Bendix says:

    Mark served his country, his community, and his family so well for so many years. He truly made a difference.
    We were saddened to hear of his passing, and send our sincerest condolences to Laura, their family, and all of the people whose lives this good man touched.
    He will be missed but never forgotten.

  53. Tim Vandervest says:

    Beautiful Celebration of Life Ceramony. The setting the speakers and food were all wonderful. Mark was a special person and it is nice to know that everyone could see what a positive source of energy he conveyed. Having been coached by Mark in football for 4 years was a great honor and being a lineman I got to spend a lot of time with him. Mark was a very positive person but there were a few times when a bunch of teenage football players could drive even him to the brink and sometimes a little past it. You could always tell when he was at the limits of his patience. There were several stages to his release of frustration. Stage one was the turning and tilting of the baseball cap. This let you know that he meant business. In stage two he would squint his eyes and pucker and tilt his jaw a little bit. Stage 3 would be the verbal barage of how he could not understand how we could not grasp the concepts he was trying to convey to us or how disappointed he was at the lack of physicality in which we were performing a task. The final stage would be him performing some physical feat of strength. This could be a simple as demonstrating the throwing of a block, but might have him actually throwing Scott Merrit over his shoulder and running a 50 yard dash with a 200 pound kid on his shoulder just to prove it could be done. Of course no one could push Coach’s buttons better than Ron “Sharky” Wolthuis, God Bless His Soul. I’m sure Ron is up there right now getting a rise out of Mark. And I am sure Mark is up in Heaven, rounding up a posse of characters to spread love and understanding, and fighting for all that is right, just as he has always done. God Bless.

  54. joseph newman says:

    see you in the after life mine is not over yet we will reve it up againe glad to see you at tuts funeral this is a shok love to your family forever buds love skip

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