Mitchell Howard McManus, 55, of East Lansing, passed away at his home on Saturday, July 11, 2020. A memorial service to honor and celebrate his life will be held on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 11:30am at the Perry High School Baseball Field. In accordance with the families wishes, and state guidelines, please bring a chair, wear a mask, and dress casual. Mitchell's family is being served Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel.
Mitch was born on December 6, 1964 to Howard Doyle and Gertrude Mary Margaret (Holmes) McManus. He graduated from Perry High School in the class of 1983 and on September 23, 1995 he married Mischele Lynn Whitford at the Graham Church in Laingsburg. His cherished son, Sean, was born in 2003. Mitch’s first love was his family and sports were a close second. He was a pitching coach for the Perry High School varsity baseball team for 13 years, served in various roles for a number of years with the Perry High School football program, and was also the current defensive coordinator for the Bath High School football team. He enjoyed fishing and was a huge history buff. Mitch could often be found behind the grill or the smoker. Mitch was a great coach; he loved time spent with the kids on the field, but also off the field. He wasn’t only their coach but a great mentor to them. He found great satisfaction in being a role model for them and being there when they needed him. Coach Mac was famous for these words: “If you think it’s stupid, it probably is,” “Always hit the cut off man,” or “Believe what you see.”
Mitch is survived by his wife of 24 years, Mischele, their son, Sean, his father Howard (Mick), father-in-law, Roger Whitford, and several sisters- and brothers-in-laws and many aunts and uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was predeceased in death by his mother, Gert, his infant brothers, Vaughn Michael, and Craig Steven, and his mother-in-law, Fay Whitford.
Memorial donations in Mitch’s name are suggested to the Perry High School Baseball Team, or the Bath High School Football Team.