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Mark Richard Jean

23 October, 196921 October, 2020

Mark Richard Jean was born October 23, 1969 and passed away on October 21, 2020 after a battle with cancer . He is he son of Ronald E. Jean and Mary V. (Neal) Jean Mark graduated from Grand Blanc High School and from Saginaw Valley State University. Mark attended Spring Arbor University in the Masters program with a goal of becoming a School Guidance Counselor. Mark was known to be happiest on the basketball court. He was captain of his Grand Blanc Basketball team his senior year. Mark played basketball for 2 years for Mott JC in Flint and one year at SVSU as a walk on. Mark was employed by the Lansing School District currently working at Woodcreek Montessori School. He enjoyed coaching at Wexford Montessori Academy in Lansing where he was the Athletic Director for the past two years. Mark's greatest hope was to help the young people realize their potential.

Mark was a loving father, a wonderful son and brother. He was serious when he needed to be but had the best sense of humor. Mark has taught us many things but his greatest lesson was to love. Mark will be missed greatly by all. Mark is Survived by his Daughter, Taylin Olivia Jean of Gaffney, South Carolina, his parents, Ronald E. Jean Jr. and Mary V. Jean of Jackson, Michigan, his brother Ronald E. Jean III (Julie) of Jackson, Michigan, many Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins. Special Friends Donetta Gaskin, Hillsborough, NC and Melissa Lyon, Lansing, MI and too many more to mention.

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Madison Rue

28 October 2020

There is so many things I could say about this man right here. One big thing is that when we didn't get a rebound or miss a shot he would always tell us its okay and we'll make it next time. He would always believe in us even when we didn't believe in are selves. He was a big inspiration to me. He will me missed by many. And always be in are hearts!❤ This season will definitely not be the same without him keeping the score. I Love You Mr. Jean. And beat kobe in a game for me. I'm gonna make you proud one day.❤

Jean Haueter

27 October 2020

Our family will miss Mark. He always was a welcomed guest, we accepted him as one of the family. Ron and Mary, even though I’ve never met you I feel like I know you, from my daughter. You have been so kind to her. I don’t think anyone knows how hard it is to lose a child until it happens to you. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I wish I could be at services Saturday but am in Florida.

Jerilyn Williams

27 October 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Mark at Eastern High School years ago. He was an awesome colleague. His commitment to our students and sense of humor made challenging days pleasant.

Mark loved sports a great deal, but more than sports he loved and cherished his daughter, Taylin. His face lit up when he spoke of and shared countless stories of her athletic prowess and feats. He was so proud of her.

I will keep Mr. Jean's family and friends in my sincere and heartfelt prayers.

Sara Russell

26 October 2020

I met Mark when I started working at Wexford, March of 2019. I was starting my first public school teaching job and I was so nervous and flustered. However, I was lucky to have Mark for those three months as my classroom aid. He helped out with all my students, stepped in whenever I needed, and was always cracking jokes to help lighten the mood. He was there for morning meetings, even danced along with the kids during brain breaks, and uplifted any bad mood. One day when I wasn’t feeling the best, he offered to take my students for a couple hours so I could leave early. Those three months were hard for me, but with Mark being there it definitely helped tremendously. I’ll always remember that! He will be greatly missed for his positive attitude, his high expectation he knew the kids could reach, and his funny sense of humor that always made the kids laugh!

Chris Brown

26 October 2020

My first year teaching was by far the most challenging year of my life. I often times attribute my ability to finish that year to those I had supporting me. Mark was one of those people.

I always enjoyed having Mark in my classroom, and the kids did as well. He was tough on them, but only because he cared - and he really cared.

Both on the court, and in the room you could tell the connection the students had with Mark was genuine, and they really looked up to him.

Mark was an amazing person, and he was the support many of us needed. Undoubtedly, he will be missed.

Lee Porter

26 October 2020

I worked with Mark at Wexford Montessori Academy for 4 years. He was truly a good person who cared about the students and always stepped up to help in what ever capacity needed.
Mr. Jean will be missed, heaven will now be his basketball court.
Lee Porter
Wexford Montessori Academy

Michael Leek

26 October 2020

Mr. Jean was a great coach and teacher. My favorite memory of him was a day after practice I had did really good. He walked up to me and said you really have to talent to do whatever you want you just have to work hard for it. Those words are still with me till this day.

Barbara Jackson

24 October 2020

Mark was a good man. He was always there for the young people who needed him. I believe that he truly changed many lives for the better. I knew him at Otto M.S. but I also knew him through his work with youth sports teams. My grandson was one of many whose lives were influenced and enriched because of Mark's kind heart. He will be sorely missed but he will also live on in our hearts.

Barbara Wetherbee

22 October 2020

Ron and Mary my heart goes out to you, I pray for your comfort in these difficult days. Mark was a great person and a joy to all who were in contact with him. May you find joy in all the young people's lives he has shaped. Love you!

Samantha Cronkright

22 October 2020

My favorite memory of Mr. Jean was when he would always push me to do better in my math and in basketball. Thank you so much Mr. Jean for being a role model to me. Rest In Paradise Mr. Jean
Love Sam
P.S. I will make the WNBA just for you.

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