John Fouts | Obituary | Record Eagle

January 9, 1941 – –
March 9, 2021

John T. (Jack) Fouts, 80, from Palatka, Florida, Holland and Mohawk, passed away peacefully of natural causes in Palatka, Florida on Tuesday March 9, 2021, surrounded by his family.
Jack was born on January 9, 1941 in Muskegon to Floyd (Red) and Isabel (Dion) Fouts. He graduated from Muskegon Catholic Central in 1959, where he was chairman of the 1959 Class Yearbook. He served honorably in the US Air Force for four years. During his years in Traverse City, he was active in St. Francis Catholic Church and its high school sports program. After retiring from Detroit Ball Bearing Co., where he worked in sales, he worked as a courier for Traverse City State Bank before becoming known as the “Nomad Dad” as he traveled to spend time with his children, and grandchildren Great grandchildren. He was an avid cribbage player. He was at the height of his game, 12 games ahead of the cribbage after teaching most of his children and grandchildren to love the game. His other games and antics are very much missed by his entire family.
He was a member of Moose Lodge, Elks Lodge, and the Eagles, and had also served on the board of Traverse City Elk’s Lodge. He was known for his sense of humor, a kind heart and he always had time for a “whirlwind” with friends old and new. “He has never met a stranger. Everyone in the world was just a friend to him that he had not yet met.”
Jack was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, James Fouts; two brothers-in-law, William Barnes and Derwood David; three nephews, Billy Barnes, Marc Miller and Julio Casarez; and a great nephew, Julian Boiven.
He is survived by his children’s mother, Carol Rose Fouts; Children, Tom (Sue) Fouts, from Mohawk, Lynne (Darryl) Currie, from Palatka, Scott (Betty Gordon) Fouts, from Alpena, Elisabet (Kermit) Anderson, from Holland; Grandchildren, Stephanie (Olivia) Tavill, from Jacksonville, Florida, Steven (Heather) Fouts, from Big Bay, Michael (Jennifer) Fouts, from Ripen, Wisc., Emily Anderson, from Ypsilanti, Megan Anderson, from the Rocky Mountains, and Roman and Aleksandr Anderson from Holland; Great-grandchildren, Avaya, Ryder, and Nolan Fouts, from Ripen, Kira Rose Tavill, from Jacksonville, and two new great-grandchildren expected in May; Siblings Carol Barnes from Muskegon, Mary David from Prospect, Tenn., Anne (Julian) Casarez from Grand Rapids, and Jean (Roy) Keur from Mesquite, Texas; an aunt, Therese LeMieux; lots of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and lots of cousins.
A celebration of his life will take place in West Michigan at a later date, to be announced.
Commemorative donations may be made to the Chad Tough Defeat DIPG Foundation in memory of Julian Boivin, PO Box 907, Saline, MI 48176, or SAFE Pet Rescue, Inc., 112 Norma St., Hollister, FL 32147 or The American Diabetes Association 1701 Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311.
Messages of encouragement or compassion can be found in his online guest book at
The Masters Funeral Home in Palatka, Florida is responsible for the organization.

Published on March 13, 2021

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