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William Van Catton

August 24, 1949October 3, 2021
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William Van Catton, 72, passed away on Sunday, October 3, 2021. Born in Tecumseh, MI on August 24, 1949, Bill, as he was known by all, was the oldest son of George and Roberta Catton. He graduated from Bowling Green State University and worked in Grand Blanc Community Schools as a teacher, coach and mentor for thirty-four years.

Bill loved sports, particularly U of M football and basketball, Detroit Tigers baseball and more recently Liverpool Football Club. He loved to travel the world, including visits to Russia, Spain, New Zealand, England and Croatia, but his heart was always with his family, the people he cherished above all else. Nothing made him smile more than his two grandchildren and being their Papa. He will be remembered for his recurring family tales and jokes and his wisdom and mentoring, always wanting to make the next generation better and successful.

Bill is survived by his wife, Susan, sons Andrew and Christopher (Shannon), grandchildren Pearl and Van, brothers Robert (Cheryl) and Brian and sister Barbara Robertson (Carlos). He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Betsy.

The memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 10th, at 1pm at Hill Funeral Home in Grand Blanc. Visitation with the family will begin at 11am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Major League Baseball Youth Development Foundation.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.hillfh.com for the Catton family.

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  • Memorial Visitation

    Sunday, October 10, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Sunday, October 10, 2021

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Kim Capton

October 13, 2021

Great teacher! Very supportive of his students.

Charles Catanese

October 10, 2021

My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family Barb. Your brother was a good man. He always treated me well.

cecila smith

October 9, 2021

Mr. Catton aka Bill was a dear family friend and one of my track coaches. He was very kind, funny, yet stern. My mother use to baby sit Andy and Chris when they were younger. I know he will be missed because he was loved by so many people. My heartfelt condolences go to his family and friends🙏😔

William Selesky

October 7, 2021

Sorry to hear of the passing of Coach Catton. He helped coach me in football and baseball at GBHS. Coach Catton was always a glass is half full guy , he told life stories about being in the moment through preparation. He helped mentor myself and so many others who were fortunate enough to have him as a coach. He helped all of us grow up from with the stories that he told; he was a walking encyclopedia of current trivia in sports figure but he always knew other stories about them how that made them a better athlete, a better person, to always strive to be better. He related stories that you could identified with.

While I did not have the pleasure to meet his family, I do want to thank you all for sharing him and his time, know that he made such a positive impact and was someone that was also so positive and happy all they time. May you find comfort in knowing that he helped shape and influenced so many as a teacher and coach, His lesson on life was always be humble, kind, professional always conduct yourself with class in all things you do in life. Coach Catton you will be missed but not forgotten!

Bill Selesky
GBHS Class of 1982

Bradley Sipley

October 6, 2021

The Catton family has always been thoughtful and caring. Mr. Catton’s genuine kindness, interest in others, and passion for sports are traits I also value in my friendship with his son, Chris.

We are sending love from Minnesota to the entire Catton family.

Brad, Liz, Marlee & Louis Sipley

Gaylord Husk

October 6, 2021

I am not really a friend of Bills, but what I am is an admirer. I've been hearing some of the most beautiful stories of Bill and the rest of the Catton family for a little over 30 years. That's the same amount of time I've known Dennis Holman, the source of all those wonderful, heartfelt stories about a family of loving and caring individuals. Bill did seem to monopolize his fair share of the stories about his sport knowledge, his kindness, his love of his family and his caring demeanor. My only regret was not knowing Bill better before he left us. But from all the stories I was told about Bill, I feel like I have a pretty good sense of the person Bill was. May you RIP Bill !!

TOM GALLANT

October 6, 2021

I met Bill Catton in a awkward situation, I was playing 2nd base on a teachers summer softball league. Bill was the umpire behind the plate calling balls and strikes. He must have been a junior/senior in college working for GB parks and rec. There was a slow hit down the 1st base line. I ran to my left to back up the 1st baseman. The 1st baseman went after the ball stopped and went back to 1st. I assume he thought he could not get ball and back to tag him out ? I ran to scoop up the ball and went crashing to the ground being hit in my head by the runner. [ knocked out ] when a group of players were trying to get me back to life I opened my eyes to see Bill's face in mine. He got me up and walking me around. He said sit the bench and relax . The runner didn't fair as well he broke his lower leg. A few years later Bill was a teacher in GBHS he saw me in opening day of school asked hows my head, friends ever since. Most fun with Bill was teaching summer school for about 7-8 years? He was teaching US History, I was teaching Current Events. We went on many field trips together, Capital building , toured MSU , hit the lug Nuts miner baseball team in Lansing. , Lansing Museum , Channel 5 in Saginaw,etc. One of those years Ford Field was completed. We gathered up our students took the big Yellow bus to Det. took the art class also. All toured every inch of Ford field . Threw the foot ball around while the art class was in the press box sketching the field, hit McDonald's and home. Each day Bill , I and VanWormer brought our lunch to Summer School. ate together solved world/school problems. them years were very fun, fun. Bill was a great help to me in making the transition from teaching Shop classes to US History, and Geo. He opened up his Lesson plan books , Video Lib. to me. HE guided me when I needed it. I am very sad on the passing of BILL CATTON, RIP, Thanks for being a friend. !! OH one more thing, " GO BLUE "


Mike LaRose

October 6, 2021

I am so sorry for the Catton family. Bill was one of the most positive and realistic Educators I have ever known. When I moved to Grand Blanc in '94 I did not know anyone. Bill was one of the first to check in often with me to see how I was doing. He did this with many other Teachers/Staff/Students in his usually calm and unselfish way. He touched so many lives that his spirit will live on in them for several decades. Family was BIG with Bill and it was easy to see how much he loved them and always wanted the best for them.

As Bill walked into heaven I am sure a loud GO BLUE was heard!!
RIP my friend.

Douglas Emeott

October 6, 2021

I share my greatest sympathies with the entire Catton Family and extended friends, family, and loved ones of Mr. Catton. I grew up with Mr. Catton’s son, Chris, becoming close friends, especially through the special bond of sport. Mr. Catton was a great coach and mentor - sharing his love and joy of basketball and football with us kids as he helped shape us into young men. I’ll never forget those great times in his social studies classroom in 10th grade and out on the football practice fields after class in high school. Thank you for being a great coach and inspiration - you’ll be missed, Mr. Catton.

Todd Babiasz

October 6, 2021

What a legacy and impact Bill has left. I will always be so grateful to Bill for giving me my start and opportunity to teach at Grand Blanc High School. What a difference that has made in my life and I am grateful for his friendship and support over the years.

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Baby Bill

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Bill and Bob