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Stanley Arlyn Zack

Stanley Arlyn Zack, age 78, of Whitehall, died July 2, 2021, at home surrounded by his family. Arlyn was born August 21, 1942, in Muskegon to the late Stanley and Eva (Blackmer) Zack. He graduated from Ravenna High School in 1961 where he was an outstanding 3-sport athlete. Arlyn graduated from Western Michigan University with a Master’s Degree in Education. He was an educator and principal for the Muskegon Public Schools for over 40 years. He retired as the Principal of Muskegon High School. Arlyn served on numerous boards, including the Child Abuse Council. He was an avid deer hunter, fisherman, and a dedicated football fan of the Michigan Wolverines and the Muskegon Big Reds. In his leisure time, Arlyn enjoyed boating on White Lake and Lake Michigan and was a voracious reader. Arlyn was a dedicated and passionate educator. He wanted the best for every student, every day. Arlyn's legacy will live on in the hearts of all whom he touched. Arlyn is survived by a son, Eric (Heather) Zack of N. Muskegon; a daughter, Rochelle Zack of Palm Desert, California; step-son, Jeff Hentschel of Whitehall; 4 grandchildren: Maddelyn and Erica Zack, Jennifer (Jacobson) Schmiege, Derek Jacobson; son-in-law, Paul Jacobson of Whitehall, cousin, Chuck Zack of Whitehall: brother-in-law, Rodger Pietsch of Georgia; sister-in-law, Delores Zack of Whitehall; and two special friends: Bill Yonker and Julie Byersmith. Many nieces and nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Dennis Zack; sister, June Pietsch and step-daughter, Jerri Kay Jacobson. A private graveside memorial service will be held at the Ravenna Township Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Big Red Athletic Foundation, Attn: Terry Clock, 1180 W. Norton Ave. Unit J., Muskegon, MI 49441 or Child Abuse Council, 1781 Peck St., Muskegon, MI 49441. Go to: www.throopfhravenna.com or Facebook @ Throop Funeral Home of Ravenna Inc. to sign the online guestbook. The Throop Funeral Home of Ravenna is in charge of funeral arrangements (231)853-6511.

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To Arlyn's family...I am sorry to hear he passed away. Rest in peace, Arlyn. You made a difference in many students' lives!

Linda Riepma Jul 11 2021 6:02 PM

He was a great Principle at Muskegon High. I am Class of '91. Bless you and your family. Never forgotten.

Sarah Harper Jul 11 2021 12:18 AM

I remember Mr. Zach at MHS. He was always such a nice guy. May he Rest In Peace knowing he touched so many lives of Big Reds.

PENNY Marie BOYNTON Jul 9 2021 6:41 PM

Arlyn Zack was legend status at MPS! I was lucky to have had the opportunity to student teach at Muskegon High School. It was a wonderful experience and Mr. Zack was instrumental at helping me get my teaching job with the district. For that, I am forever grateful. He will be missed! My condolences to Rochelle, Eric, and family.

Jennifer Reiter Agard Jul 9 2021 12:10 PM

I am terribly disappointed and sorry to hear about the passing of my cousin Arlyn Zack. He and I hunted, fished, and camped together many times. He was always a joy to be with. His passing saddens me greatly.

Gary L. Blackmer Jul 8 2021 8:49 PM

Arlen was one of the finest educators and person I ever knew. I enjoyed many days hunting with him. He was my cousin and loved by parents and myself. He left Muskegon Public Schools a much better place and impacted the lives of many students. His humor and smile were infectious and a delight to be with. Only fond memories.

Larry Blackmer Jul 8 2021 8:38 PM

Thanks Arlyn for all the help with football during my time as Head Coach of the Big Reds. With out your help the program would not have been as successful as it was. Thanks for doing all the little things that made the program work and made my job easy just coaching the team. Thanks for being my true friend, all the boat rides, all the conversations we had over all the years. See you in few years. Dave

dave taylor Jul 8 2021 3:45 PM

I'm saddened hearing the news of the death of my former principal Mr.Zack I will forever hold all the advice that you gave me about life and never giving up and to always follow my dreams I always looked forward to Monday mornings as you would stop me on the way to class to tell me good game and somehow you always knew how many tackles I had and give me advice on how to improve I appreciate you and you will truly hold a spot in my heart always "93"

Mr. Jelah (Flypaper) Tunstull Jul 8 2021 7:19 AM

Thank you for being a great principal thank you for everything you taught me thank you for all the wisdom and advice you gave thank you for the many memories you gave us big reds we will cherish them. Rih rip condolences and sympathies to your family i was honored to be a big red and one of your pupils into paradise may the angels lead you big red.

Ondrea lynn (clarke) heck Jul 7 2021 8:24 PM

My condolences to the family. Mr Zach was a great educator and great man. He will be missed by all of his MPS and Big Red family

Douglas Zayaz Jul 7 2021 7:48 PM

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