COVID cuts short decades of Lapeer County man’s community service
This obituary is part of “We will remember”, A series on those we have lost due to the coronavirus.
Marc Stover loved to serve the community in which he lived.
Stover, 70, died of complications from COVID-19 on December 9, 2020 at McLaren Flint Hospital.
Stover, a longtime resident of Lapeer County, met his wife, Darlene (Costello) Stover, almost 55 years ago, when he was 16 and she was 13. They fell in love in high school and married for 49 years.
Stover graduated from Lapeer Community Schools, served six years in the Navy and worked at the Oakdale Regional Center for Developmental Disorders for 17 years before ending his career at Macomb County Correctional Center as superintendent of the power station. He graduated from Mott Community College and attended the University of Michigan.
He loved golf, hunting, fishing, baseball and, most importantly, being the grandfather of his eight grandchildren.
Stover has served the community in many ways. One of his greatest joys has been coaching in the North Branch community, where he was an assistant coach at North Branch High School and mentored and taught elementary through high school children.
He also enjoyed working at Wolverine Christian Service Camp and was an active member and alumnus of Country Christian Church. A new ball field dedication was held in June at Stover Field in honor of his dedication to Country Christian Church and its softball league.
Stover served the Township of Deerfield intermittently for almost 40 years. He was an administrator, town planning commissioner and a great advocate for the fire service. He was elected for another term as a director before his death.
Stover’s son Joseph Stover believes his father contracted the virus at one of the township’s monthly meetings.
“The township supervisor’s wife ended up with COVID and died. It hit local politicians in the township very hard. My mom and dad had it at the same time, ”said Joseph Stover.
He remembers his mother having bad symptoms and recovered within a week, but said his father never got better.
Stover’s breathing became difficult and he was admitted to McLaren Lapeer Regional Hospital a week before Thanksgiving. He had to be intubated on Thanksgiving Day before being rushed to McLaren Flint Hospital. He went on to fight an artery blockage and kidney failure. He died on December 9, a day after his wife’s birthday.
Along with his wife and son, Stover is survived by his daughters Heather and Rachelle and eight grandchildren.
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