Life Story / Obituary
When reflecting on the life of Thomas Mack, it is easy to see that what he valued wasn’t a possession, rather, it was the relationships he shared with the ones he loved. He worked hard in everything he did and had amazing gifts and talents throughout his life. Spirited, fun-loving, and vibrant, Tom had a zest for life that was contagious to all who were near. The glue that held his family together, he leaves behind a priceless collection of memories that his loved ones will forever hold near and dear to their hearts.
It seems only fitting that Tom’s story began during a time that was as vibrant as he was. It was the 1960s when we elected the young John F. Kennedy as our 35th President of the United States, only to mourn his death a short time later. Civil rights were rapidly changing the fabric of our nation, and by the end of the decade we had put the first man on the moon. It was also during this exciting time that Joseph and Mary Jane (Oosting) Mack Jr. were eagerly awaiting the birth of their new baby as the heat of the summer held the small community of Fremont, Michigan, firmly in its grip. Their wait was over on July 2, 1966, when the baby boy they named Thomas Joe made his grand entrance.
Raised in the family home on Chamberlain Street on Fremont Lake, Tom was a typical young boy of his generation in many ways. He was one of three as he was joined in the Mack family by his siblings, Julie and Dan. Throughout his life, Tom was always close with his brother. Living on the lake meant there was plenty of adventures for the brothers to have together including fishing, boating, and swimming. There were also plenty of family gatherings at the house during the summer and also for various holidays. As a family they took a memorable boat trip to Mackinac Island. For his schooling Tom attended Freemont Schools from kindergarten through his senior year in high school. While attending Freemont High School he was an all-state wrestler. A sports lover, Tom was also interested in hunting and fishing. He attended First Reformed Church with his family as well.
After graduating from high school in 1984, Tom was eager for all that life had in store. He left town and traveled to Texas where he became a shooting instructor. Tom achieved Master Class for sporting clays and was part of the 20-year All American Sporting Clays team. This took him all over the world including to Canada, Mexico, England, and Germany. Tom also traveled the world providing instruction on safaris including safaris in Africa. Throughout his adult life he was very active in the National Sporting Clays Association.
There were many things that kept Tom busy, and he was a man of many interests. There was nothing like a great steak in his book, and he enjoyed grilling his own steak and also made a great Texas brisket and various breakfast foods. Tom liked Marty Robbins or any song that had a good story, and his favorite book was Hell, I was There by Elmer Keith.
Taken from his loved ones too soon, Thomas Mack touched the lives of his friends and loved ones in such a special way. He was always ready with a story or a smile, and a laugh was never far behind. Tom would say there was nothing more meaningful in his life than the relationships he had with others, and he was always there for people in ways both great and small. Deeply loved, he will be forever missed.
Thomas Joe Mack, age 55, of New Braunfels Texas, and formerly of Fremont Michigan, passed away on August 24, 2021. He was preceded in death by his father, Joe Mack Jr. Tom is survived by his mother, Mary Mack; sister, Julie Mack; and brother, Dan (Shannon) Mack; and countless friends around the world. Tom was a Master Class Sporting Clays Shooter and Instructor. Hunting with friends, was certainly a true passion of Tom's. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday December 3, 2021 at Kent County Conservation League, 8461 Conservation St NE Ada, MI. Friends may visit with the family for one hour prior to the service as well as afterwards. Please visit www.heritagelifestory.com to read Tom's life story, submit a favorite memory, photo, or to sign the guestbook.