JOHN P. DANAHER JR. Jan. 21, 1940 - Oct. 9, 2019

John Danaher Jr.

ELKHART — Former Mishawaka athletic director John Danaher Jr., 79, of Elkhart, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019.

John was born Jan. 21, 1940, to Florence and John Danaher Sr. in Lafayette, Indiana.

He was a 1958 graduate of Lafayette Jeff High School. John graduated from Purdue University in 1963 with a degree in education.

He began his teaching career at Rensselaer Central High School in 1963, were he taught history and coached football, basketball, and track.

On July 31, 1965, John married Judith M Ahlrich at St. Lawrence Church in Lafayette. The two moved to Mishawaka shortly thereafter where he had taken a job as a teacher and coach at Mishawaka High School. John spent the next 37 years as a member of the staff at MHS as a teacher, coach, and the athletic director.

From 1965 to 1975 he was a history, P.E., and drivers ed instructor. John also was an assistant football coach until 1974 and the head baseball coach from 1967 to 1979. In 1975, he became the athletic director, a position he held until his retirement in 2002. During his tenure as the AD he saw MHS Athletics grow from nine varsity programs to 20.

MHS experienced three volleyball state championships, two wrestling state titles, and numerous conferences championships.

In 1986, he began the Mishawaka Athletic Hall of Fame. John was instrumental in the building of the west gym and pool area in 1988.

John was preceded in death by his parents, John Sr. and Florence. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Judith; son John III (Judy); daughter Janel (Dave) Weeks; grandchildren Matthew (Hannah), Justin (Amy), Katie Danaher and Kyle Sears; great-grandchildren, Cole, Lucas, and James Danaher; sisters Marilyn Patton and Phyllis (Jim) Drury; sisters-in-law Marje Reynolds (Ron) and Phyllis Fleming along with several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct, 12, at Hahn Funeral Home, 505 W. 8th St., Mishawaka. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13 in the funeral home, with visitation from 1 to 3 p.m.

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