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40800 Hayes Road, Clinton Township, MI

OBITUARY

Kirk Anthony Latimer

January 13, 1980September 9, 2020

KIRK ANTHONY LATIMER (January 13, 1980 - September 9, 2020) Kalamazoo, MI Passed away unexpectedly due to health complications on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, in Kalamazoo, MI.

Kirk was born January 13, 1980, in Detroit, MI, the son of Terry and Donna (Middel) Latimer. In his early years, Kirk studied karate, played baseball, and participated in his high school marching band. He went on to attend Western Michigan University, graduating with a B.A. in English Education in 2002, with post graduate studies in Educational Leadership and Organizational Analysis. He became a graduate of 2010 Leadership Kalamazoo and then continued his education in many specialized training programs including Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) training, Eliminating Racism & Creating/Celebrating Equity (ERACCE) training. Kirk followed his passion and life’s purpose by becoming an educator at Portage Northern High School. In 2006, he joined forces with his business partner, Gabriel Giron, forming the performance duo, Kinetic Affect. In 2009, he became co-founder and Educational Director of Speak it Forward, Inc., where he led workshops for youth in treatment facilities, juvenile homes, and alternative high schools locally and across the country.

Through his work, Kirk impacted hundreds of thousands of lives, feeding people both metaphorically and physically. He was able to intuitively understand young people and strived to make them feel seen and loved. Generous with his time and resources, gifted with insight and rhetoric, he was a master teacher. He inspired students, artists, and audiences alike to be more self-aware and adventurous—to, as he had done and channel their energies into a passion for learning and helping others. He made shocking, funny and spontaneous observations about life as it unfolded, constantly challenging people to step beyond their preconceived notions of what was possible, approaching each workshop, performance, and project as if it were his last. He was an electrifying performer, often leaving audience members riveted to their seats, thrilled and breathless.

Kirk was most proud of being a father. Nothing brought him more joy than spending time with his son, Ethan, who was born on May 24, 2008. For Kirk, Ethan was the greatest blessing in his life. And Ethan loved spending time with his dad and said he was someone anyone would love hanging out with no matter who they were.

Surviving Kirk are his son, Ethan; his first wife, Amy Corbat of Midland, MI; his parents Terry and Donna (Middel) Latimer of Clinton Township, MI; three sisters, Dawn (Tim) Battice of Casco Township, MI, Jeanette (Ken) Mercer of Clarkston, MI, Colleen (Anton) Mursin of Alexandria, Virginia; his second wife, Gretchen Latimer of Kalamazoo, MI; and his best friend and business partner, Gabriel Giron. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2020, 10:00am at St. Matthias Catholic Church in Sterling Heights, MI. Memorial contributions may be made to Speak it Forward, Inc., 617 Douglas Ave, Suite #1, Kalamazoo, 49007 or through their website www.speakitforwardinc.org.

  • FAMILY

  • Ethan, Son
  • Amy Corbat, First Wife
  • Terry and Donna (Middel) Latimer, Parents
  • Dawn (Tim) Battice, Sister
  • Jeanette (Ken) Mercer, Sister
  • Colleen (Anton) Mursin, Sister
  • Gretchen Latimer, Second Wife
  • Gabriel Giron, Best Friend & Business Partner

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  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, September 19, 2020

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Joshua Kelley

September 19, 2020

He saved me from suicide. Out of the blue, I was afflicted with feelings of ending it all... Drunk and depressed,years after graduation, I was thinking of the end. For some reason, I decided to reach out to him via Facebook. I went to high school while he was a teacher at Northern and I faintly remember classmates telling me how awesome of a teacher he was. I never studied under his tutiledge... Just rumors and stories I heard. Something that night urged me to send him a message. He quickly replied, and I crumbled, crying as I typed, pouring my heart, soul, and woes on to this man that I had only seen in passing at school. He read, he understood, and he advised. He basically told me that this will pass and that life is worth it, no matter the struggle. He shared his own struggles and what he did from his experiences. He saved me... A man I never knew thought it worth saving a stranger... Long story short, I will miss him and I'm thankful for his impact... Thank you, Mr. Latimer... Always... The world lost a beacon of Hope.

Jensen Meyer

September 19, 2020

Kirk was the best person in the world had the best character and always put others before him self Kirk helped me when I was in a bad time in my life at starr commonwealth he made me realize I wasn’t worthless and he made me feel like he cared because a lot of people didn’t
I love you Kirk a lot rip Kirk you will forever be in my heart

Trinity Williams

September 18, 2020

my son trent Williams looked up to you and gabe so much trent would randomly message kirk when he was feeling down. I have been to a couple performances and they touched me so deeply I shed so many tears listening to the stories kirk and I had a few conversations he was a awesome person ❤ that inspired so many lives. Rip 🙏 angel 😇

Jaudon Robinson

September 18, 2020

I will forever love ya big bro! I remember when you randomly hit me up and I just got a new number. I asked “who is this” and instead of coming out and saying “Kirk”...you said i’ll givr you a couple guesses. “I am a poet & enjoy fitness”....off top I was like BIG BROOOO wassup! We has a great text convo. Then right before we moved here to Dallas, we ran into each other at Hardings and hugged and vowed to link and create something! It hurts we never fulfilled that dream of creating something, but regardless I got you big bro, we love you and your legacy shall live on seriously, through us! LONG LIVE KING! Sit on that throne head held high, with the Ancestors...we are proud! Love ua bro!



Jaudon

Joanna Johnson

September 17, 2020

With deepest sympathy - Joanna Johnson - 2010 Leadership Kalamazoo participant.

Katherine Samuel

September 14, 2020

We lived 3500 miles apart but a picture started a friendship of support. You helped me out of a dark place with some short messages of support and guidance. I will always remember you with soo much love and respect.

Tom Latimer

September 14, 2020

Dear Donna and Terry,

We extend our sympathies to you for your great loss at this tragic event.

Uncle Tom and Mary Jo

Stacey Evans

September 13, 2020

I met Kirk working at the Calhoun County Juvenile Home. I had never met a person with as much passion as he had for the youth he worked with. I am so saddened to hear about his passing. I wish his family, friends and loved ones all the prayers possible. The world will have a hole without Kirk being here. He was amazing personality and voice! Much love Kirk!!

Teresa Kibby

September 12, 2020

Kirk was the most amazing person. My boys loved to be in his class at school and started following him after they graduated. Kirk saved a few of them from some dark days and destructive paths.
Kirk your presence will be felt around the world as you touched lives everywhere. Loves and prayers to the family and friends.

Kim Carson

September 12, 2020

He was strong, charismatic and I pray for all the kids whose lives he touched. May they all move forward in life in a way that honors Kirk and keeps his legacy alive. Prayers going up for his family, friends and Speak It Forward students

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