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Marcus Robert LaGrange

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

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Marcus Robert LaGrange, 79, Terre Haute, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008, at 1:55 a.m., in Indianapolis Methodist Hospital from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

He was born May 22, 1929, in Apalona, Ind., the youngest of seven sons of Oscar LaGrange and Bertha Doogs LaGrange.

He is survived by his wife Patricia Denning LaGrange, Terre Haute (who remains in Methodist Hospital for injuries sustained in the same accident) and his five children, Connie Mukherjee (Ajit), Bloomington, Ind., Candres McCord (Bill), Terre Haute, Neil LaGrange (Rosalinda Hernandez), Lafayette, Terry LaGrange (Kim), Terre Haute, and Louis LaGrange (Ilo Orleans), Los Angeles.

Also surviving are five grandchildren, Misha Mukherjee, Lincoln McCord, Mitchell McCord, Adam LaGrange and Emily LaGrange, two brothers and many nieces, nephews and in-laws.

Mark's father died when he was 2-years-old and he was raised by a single mother in St. Croix, Ind. He joined the Army at age 18 and worked in the Pentagon setting up a filing system for the records of servicemen who fought in World War II.

He played catcher on the traveling Army baseball team and boxed while in the service.

Mark attended Indiana State University on the GI Bill to become a math teacher and received both his bachelors and masters degrees from ISU.

He was married on Dec. 31, 1952, in St. Meinrad Archabbey Church to Patricia Denning LaGrange of St. Meinrad, Ind., and they recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary.

His first teaching position was at Ferdinand High School (now Forest Park), where he was the first basketball coach and also coached baseball. After moving to Terre Haute in 1959, he taught at ISU Lab School, Schulte High School, Honey Creek Jr./Sr. High, and finally at Terre Haute South.

He was the head of the math department at Honey Creek and represented the Vigo County Teachers for two years in contract negotiations.

He was the men's basketball coach and golf coach at Schulte, the Honey Creek Jr. High basketball coach and the first women's basketball coach at Terre Haute South. Mark retired from teaching and coaching in 1991.

Mark and Patricia were the principal owners of Mark's Par 3 Golf Course in Terre Haute. Mark designed and built the original nine holes in 1963 and opened the course in 1964. It is now an 18-hole course and is still a family run business.

He was a member of St. Patrick Church and had served on the church council there. He was a member of the Seelyville Fire Department board for eight years and was instrumental in getting the new fire department building and truck for the town.

Mark was a good son, husband, father, grandfather, teacher, coach and business owner. Most important of all was that he was a gentle and friendly soul loved by many.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008, at St. Patrick Church, with Rev. Rick Ginther officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Visitation is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 5, from 4-8 p.m., and also prior to services on Saturday, from 1-2 p.m., at St. Patrick Church.

Arrangements are under the direction of Callahan and Hughes Funeral Home, 605 S. 25th St., Terre Haute.

The family suggests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to St. Patrick Soup Kitchen, 1807 Poplar St., Terre Haute, 47803, or to Catholic Charities of Terre Haute, 2931 Ohio Blvd., Terre Haute, 47803, or to Light House Mission, 1450 Wabash Ave., Terre Haute, 47807.