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Jack William Brown
  • St. Philip Football Program
    20 Cherry Street
    Battle Creek, MI 49017

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“There are some people who just create a better world by doing what they do so very well. Coach Brown encouraged each student to rise to their...Read More »
1 of 30 | Posted by: Suzanna Kay Carney - GA - student

“My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Brown family. I remember the late night talks about football that I'll never forget. R.I.P coach. ”
2 of 30 | Posted by: Dave DePew - Plymouth, MI

“13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since...Read More »
3 of 30 | Posted by: J and Bobbie Carrigan - Smyrna, TN

“Heartfelt condolences to Mary, Sheri, Ron, Becky, Tammy, Tony and extended family. Remember Mr. Brown during my high school years. Have run into him...Read More »
4 of 30 | Posted by: Donna Salerno

“My sincere condolences to Jack's family. R.I.P Coach.Mike Christman ”
5 of 30 | Posted by: Michael christman - Battle Creek,, MI

“Jack was always a gentleman and a pleasure to be around. Sincere sympathy to family and friends. ”
6 of 30 | Posted by: ray rowles - battle creek, MI

“I always found Jack to be warm and personable. He always called me "Jimmie" the same as my mother. We often talked about young people especially...Read More »
7 of 30 | Posted by: Jim Nelson - Battle Creek, MI

“An icon at St. Phillip and a wonderful kind man. Rest in Peace Mark and Joy Brown ”
8 of 30 | Posted by: A friend

“Only knew him from the few years I worked at K. A nice guy and always had a laugh and a smile. RIP<br /> ”
9 of 30 | Posted by: Doug Markusic - B.C., MI

“Our prayers are with you Mary Martha and the family. ”
10 of 30 | Posted by: Mark & Marymarie Rice

“Mr. Brown was a good father and a great coach! It was such an experience having him as a coach and a good friend. We shared many good times on and...Read More »
11 of 30 | Posted by: Ray Wolney - Battle Creek, MI

“Mary, Sheri, and all the kids, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. My kids still call him Uncle Jack. We enjoyed so many days at...Read More »
12 of 30 | Posted by: Robyne Tucker - Battle Creek, MI

“Privileged to be a classmate over 60 years ago. ”
13 of 30 | Posted by: Felix Fliss - East Lansing, Mii

“Jack was a man's MAN. I was honored to know him and considered him a great friend. The impact he made on countless kids he mentored in football and...Read More »
14 of 30 | Posted by: Gary Katz - Battle Creek, MI

“Mary and family please know that all of our thoughts and prayers are with you during these difficult times. A wonderful man who will remain in our...Read More »
15 of 30 | Posted by: Vickie Forman - Battle Creek, MI

“Jack was a great coach and longtime friend of our entire family. He and my Dad always joked around with each other when they worked at Kellogg' s...Read More »
16 of 30 | Posted by: Todd Greenman - Battle Creek, MI

“Jack was a wonderful man. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. Sincerest thoughts and prayers are with you. May the many happy memories that you...Read More »
17 of 30 | Posted by: Traci Forman Bell - Charlotte, MI

“Jack was one of the greatest guys I have ever known. Always made time for everyone. I will truly miss this great man and all the great talks we...Read More »
18 of 30 | Posted by: Dave Hanna - Battle Creek, MI

“Nice man and a great coach and friend to our family and to my three sons in St Phil football. Great Silver Dome memories in 85. Our prayers and...Read More »
19 of 30 | Posted by: Tom Cobb - Battle Creek, MI

“Many, many memories of Coach Brown. All of them good. He got the most out of you on the playing field and he was a real treat to spend time with off...Read More »
20 of 30 | Posted by: Mike Wheaton - Kalamazoo, MI

“Jack was such a wonderful man! He was the assistant coach while I was in high school.. He was married to my cousin at the time and I would always...Read More »
21 of 30 | Posted by: SUSAN ARMSTRONG - LAS VEGAS, NV

“A tough guy with an extremely soft and giving heart. Jack Brown will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him, myself included. God's...Read More »
22 of 30 | Posted by: Jeffrey Wheaton - Battle Creek, MI

“Saddened to hear about the loss of Jack. What a fine man in every way. From the first I met him many years ago I found him to be a man of character....Read More »
23 of 30 | Posted by: Doc and Julie Stevens

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family. You will be missed by them and all of the others you impacted throughout your life. ”
24 of 30 | Posted by: Jim and Kathy Olsen - Seffner, FL

“Rest in Peace Coach ”
25 of 30 | Posted by: Brian Martinovich (Tons of fun) - MI

“Jack was one of the kindest men I know. He always made time to talk with me whenever I was back in BC and would stop by Walsh Field during practice....Read More »
26 of 30 | Posted by: Lynnette Brutsche-West - Kotzebue, AK

“Thank you for everything you've ever done for me Coach. Especially being the greatest Coach I've ever had. Thanks for your service Coach...Read More »
27 of 30 | Posted by: John Laws - Battle Creek, MI

“My love and prayers to all the family......for your loss. Jack was loved, celebrated and will be missed. Enjoyed many a party when he was in town...Read More »
28 of 30 | Posted by: janee dennison - Tampa, FL

“To Mary and family, my condolences to you. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May Jack rest in peace. ”
29 of 30 | Posted by: Brenda Moon - Battle Creek

“Jack will be greatly missed. I am honored to have taken care of him during his time of need. I loved the smile he would give me when I was giving him...Read More »
30 of 30 | Posted by: Angel Downey, RN - Battle Creek, MI

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Jack William Brown of Battle Creek, MI

Jack, age 80, died Saturday afternoon, May 6, 2017 at the Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence, Battle Creek, following a six month illness and with his loving family at his side.

Jack, the son of Wesley and Luella (Stevens) Brown, was born in Battle Creek on April 30, 1937, was a lifetime resident and 1956 graduate of Lakeview High School. He served his Country honorably and nobly in the United States Marine Corps. Jack retired in 1995 after 37 years of faithful service to Kellogg Company as an Instrument Repairman.

Jack's passion was coaching football at St. Philip Catholic School. His career started in 1967 and ended this last season, 2016. As defensive coordinator, he helped lead St. Phil to State Championship's in 1974 and 1985. He was inducted into the St. Philip Hall of Fame and in 2002, the Michigan High School Football Coach's Hall of Fame. Also, in 1994, Jack was named the State Assistant Coach of the Year. He often said he loved preparing young men for both the physical and mental challenges they would face in the future. The influence and relationships with his player's was very special. But, dear to his heart, were the lifelong friendships made with his fellow coaches.

Jack was united in marriage to the former, Mary Martha (Chittick) Haywood in Battle Creek on December 14, 1991. Surviving is his wife of 25 years, Mary; two daughters, Rebecca (David) McGhee of Lutz, FL and Tamela Olsen of Tampa, FL; four sons, Ronald Brown of Bentonville, AR, Anthony (Keely) Brown of Rogers, AR, Christopher (Jodi) Haywood and Theodore Haywood, both of Battle Creek; seven grandchildren and a great grandson. Also surviving, his first wife, Sheridan "Sheri" (Carr) Brown of Battle Creek and is the mother of Ronald, Rebecca, Tamela and Anthony. Jack was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, William "Charlie" Brown.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, May 11th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Philip Roman Catholic Church, 92 Capital Avenue, NE, Battle Creek 49017, with Father John D. Fleckenstein, Celebrant. Interment will follow in Day Cemetery, Ross Township with the United States Marine Corps Honor Guard bestowing military honors. Family and friends will return to the St. Philip Parish Center immediately following the committal service for a time of fellowship and a luncheon. Jack's family will greet friends on Wednesday, May 10th at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jack's honor may be directed to the St. Philip Catholic Football Program, 20 Cherry Street, Battle Creek, MI 49017 or the B.C.A.C.S. Foundation, 63 North 24th Street, Battle Creek, MI 49015.