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Melanoma Research Fund at the University of Michigan
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Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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Life Story / Obituary
Although he was taken from his loved ones too soon, Mark Hutchins made a significant impact in the lives of those around him. A lifelong resident of the community he loved, he was outgoing, generous, and kindhearted with a zest for life that was contagious to those around him. Mark was blessed to share the best years of his life with his true love, and together they witnessed their family tree blossom to include the grandchildren he adored. Life as not without times of trial for Mark, but he faced whatever came his way head on with strength and courage. Deeply loved, he will never be forgotten.
It seems only fitting that Mark’s journey began during a time in American history that was as vibrant as he was. It was the 1950s when James Dean and Marilyn Monroe became household names, and by the end of the decade we welcomed Alaska and Hawaii as our 49th and 50th states. Amidst this exciting time was a time of great excitement in the lives of Roger and Jordis (Mjovig) Hutchins as they were eagerly awaiting the birth of their new baby as July of 1958 appeared on the horizon in Muskegon, Michigan. The big day arrived on July 2nd as the baby both they named Mark Jeffrey drew his first breath. He was the second of four children as he was raised in the family home alongside his brother, Scott, and his sisters, Karen and Stefanie. Mark’s father worked as an aeronautical engineer for Howmet while his mother was a homemaker. They moved to Indianapolis while his father finished school when Mark was a young boy. The Hutchins family eventually moved back to North Muskegon and moved into a home on Mills Avenue.
In many ways Mark was a typical young boy of his generation. He participated in the YMCA Indian Guides and learned to ride motorcycle dirt bikes at an early age. Mark even once broke his collarbone. As a high school student, he had several friends and was a free spirit. Mark also uncovered his entrepreneurial side and got into networking. He loved all kinds of music and listened to WLAV classic rock. In addition to holding down his studies, Mark worked at Muskegon Hardware. It was during high school that he met a young woman who was two years his junior named Deb Anderson. They hung around in the same group of friends, and she would later prove to play an important role in Mark’s life.
After graduating from North Muskegon High School in 1976, Mark went on to Ferris State University to study civil engineering. Unfortunately, he found out that he was allergic to concrete dust, which forced him to change his major to mechanical engineering. Mark graduated after seven years since changing majors cost him extra time. The summer after he graduated he found work as a quality control engineer at Brunswick Corporation.
New and exciting changes were in store for Mark when he reconnected with Deb at a Seaway Festival beer tent during the summer of 1986. They started dating and soon found themselves deeply in love. Mark welcomed her son Jason as his own, and with a desire to spend the rest of their lives together they were married on what was a hot summer day on July 11, 1987. The following year they welcomed their son, Jeffrey, into their hearts and home and in 1993 Jessica completed their family. They settled into a house on West Giles Road, and this was the place that Mark would call home for the rest of his life. As a family they loved camping in their motorhome at nearby Pioneer Park during the summers. Some years they spent as many as six weeks there. They met their lifelong friends, Tim and Annette Burns, while camping there, and for many years they scheduled their vacations there together. The children spent lots of time with the Burns kids, too.
Throughout his life Mark was one to keep busy. For years he acquired different income properties to help bring in some extra money. It was a great fit since Mark was a jack of all trades who could take care of all the maintenance on the properties himself. He eventually got to the point where he owned over a dozen properties. In 2007, Brunswick went through changes, and Mark was downsized out of his job. The income from his rental properties helped make ends meet, and he continued to keep them up. Mark also did some house and dog sitting for the Missimers. He liked snowmobiling during the winter and riding his motorcycle in the summers. As a family the liked going to concerts at Summer Celebration. Mark became very active at the Muskegon Eagles Aerie 668, serving as a trustee. He also loved making burgers at the club on Friday nights, which he became pretty famous for among the members. Mark enjoyed reading as well as a good game of pool, and as his family and friends can attest, eating his dessert first.
There was never anything that was of greater significance in Mark’s life than his family. He was thrilled to become a grandparent in 2001, and he especially loved babysitting and spending time with his grandchildren as often as he could. Mark regularly took them camping, and he was known for regularly taking videos of his grandchildren. He and Deb had some challenges in their relationship as some couple do. They split up at one point, but Mark always considered Deb the love of his life. They eventually fell back in love. It was his family that was the primary reason behind his will to battle his health struggles. When he was in his forties he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and he went on to recover after a strong fight. Earlier this year Mark started having some health issues and was diagnosed with mucosal melanoma. Again, he fought the disease with all his might. Deb moved back in to help with his care throughout the rounds of chemo and radiation as well as frequent trips to the University of Michigan. Through it all, Mark still tried to do projects around the house, but in the end the battle that raged against him was too much to overcome as the disease began to spread.
All who knew Mark Hutchins would agree that he was a remarkable man to know and love. He had a great sense of humor and a warm and friendly smile with an approachable demeanor that drew others near with ease. Mark was deeply devoted to his family and friends, and he was always willing to help others in any way he could. He will be forever missed.
Mark Jeffrey Hutchins passed away Saturday, December 9, 2017. Mark’s family includes the love of his life, Deb; children, Jeffrey, Jessica, and Jason (Lisa); grandchildren Hailey, Faith, Axle, Cameron, & Raelynn; mother, Jordis (Bill Blancette) Hutchins; brother, Scott (Sandy) Hutchins; sisters, Karen (Larry Kalmbach) Hutchins, Stefanie (Jay) Freeland; special uncle and hockey buddy, Wesley (Molly) Hutchins; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, and special friends. Mark was preceded in death by his father, Roger. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, December 18, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. at the Clock Chapel - Muskegon with Rev. William Uetricht officiating. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. A Celebration of Mark's life will take place at the Muskegon Eagles, 621 W. Western Ave. following the Memorial Service. Memorials can be made to Melanoma Research. Clock Funeral Home - Muskegon