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Jack M. Grimm

January 31, 1934 - April 25, 2019
Fruitport, MI


Life Story / Obituary


Jack M. Grimm, age 85, passed away on April 25, 2019. Born January 31, 1934 in Muskegon, Michigan to Pauline (DeMann) and Louis Grimm, he was predeceased by his sister Sally Veurink and Jeri Cross (Cochran) the mother of his children. He is survived by his brother Gordon (Judy) who resides in Muskegon. He is also survived by daughters Robyn (Hawaii), Lori (Michigan), Patti (Texas) and son Steve (California) as well as grandchildren, Courtney, Joda, Alyson, Chad, Scott and seven great-grandchildren.

After graduating from Muskegon High School, Jack attended Muskegon Community College and the University of Michigan as an undergrad. He then went on to earn a law degree at Wayne State University while teaching history and coaching basketball in the Detroit Public School System.

In 1960, Jack entered private practice with the law firm Cochran & VanderPloeg with offices in Muskegon and Whitehall. After several years as an attorney he was appointed to the State of Michigan's 60th District Court and was, at the time, one of the youngest judges to be appointed in the State of Michigan.

In 1975, Jack left the Court for Dallas, TX to serve as corporate counsel first with Home Insurance and then with State Farm Insurance from which he retired in 2006. During his time in Dallas, he was also an advisor to a student legal advocacy group researching death penalty convictions in the State of Texas.

His family and friends will always remember him for his passion for the game of golf, blueberries, ice cream, In-N-Out Burger, crime novels, and last (but not least) University of Michigan athletics – Go Blue! He always remembered birthdays and would send a personal message so that family felt connected regardless of distance. His grandchildren remember him fondly as Grandpa Jack or Popi. We will all miss his spirit and intellect.

The memorial with be private. For those who wish to pay respects, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Community Foundation for Muskegon County ( or The First Tee (

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