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COVID cuts short Lapeer County man's decades of community service

Detroit Free Press logo Detroit Free Press 10/3/2021 Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press
Marc Stover © Provided by muirbrotherslapeer.com Marc Stover

This obituary is part of “We Will Remember,” a series about those we’ve lost to the coronavirus.

Marc Stover enjoyed serving the community in which he lived.

Stover, 70, died of complications from COVID-19 on Dec. 9, 2020, at McLaren Flint Hospital.

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Stover, a lifelong resident of Lapeer County, met his wife, Darlene (Costello) Stover, nearly 55 years ago when he was 16 and she was 13. They became high school sweethearts and were married for 49 years. 

Stover was a graduate of Lapeer Community Schools, served six years in the Navy and worked at Oakdale Regional Center for Developmental Disabilities for 17 years before finishing his career at Macomb County Correctional Facility as power plant superintendent. He graduated from Mott Community College and attended the University of Michigan.

He enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing, baseball and, most of all, being a grandpa to his eight grandchildren.

Marc and Darlene Stover © Provided by Joseph Stover Marc and Darlene Stover

Stover served the community in many ways. One of his greatest joys was coaching in the North Branch Community, where he was an assistant coach at North Branch High School and mentored and taught children from elementary through high school. 

He also enjoyed working at Wolverine Christian Service Camp and was an active member and elder at Country Christian Church. A ballfield rededication took place in June at Stover Field in honor of his dedication to Country Christian Church and its softball league.

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Stover served Deerfield Township on and off for nearly 40 years. He was a trustee, a planning commissioner and a big advocate for the fire department. He was elected to another term as trustee before his death. 

Stover's son, Joseph Stover, believes his dad contracted the virus at one of the township's monthly meetings.

“The township supervisor’s wife ended up with COVID and passed. It hit local township politicians really hard. My mom and dad got it at the same time,” said Joseph Stover.

He recalled his mom having bad symptoms and recovering in a week, but said his dad never got better. 

Stover’s breathing became labored, and he was admitted to McLaren Lapeer Region Hospital a week before Thanksgiving. He had to be intubated on Thanksgiving Day before being rushed to McLaren Flint Hospital. He continued to struggle with blockage in an artery and kidney failure. He died Dec. 9, a day after his wife’s birthday. 

In addition to his wife and son, Stover is survived by daughters  Heather and Rachelle and eight grandchildren.

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Brendel Hightower is an assistant editor at the Detroit Free Press. Contact her at bhightower@freepress.com. 

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