MAC ON SPORTS: DPS 61 MOURNS LOSS OF MARK RICHERT

J. Thomas McNamara

    Mark Richert passed away Sunday night after being involved in a single-vehicle accident that was brought about by a medical condition.
    With Richert’s passing, Stephen Decatur is without its athletic director, physical education teacher and coach.
    He has been with the Decatur district since starting at the now-closed Roosevelt Middle School (Junior High) in 1988.
    The 55-year-old Richert was  the sole occupant of the vehicle that was involved in the accident at Kenney Road and Illinois 121, Macon County Coroner Michael E. Day said/
         An investigation found that Richert was suffering from a medical condition and died as a result of it rather than the crash, authorities said.
    Macon County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Ron Atkins said deputies responded at 7:35 p.m. Sunday to the crash.
         “All of us at DPS are deeply saddened by the loss of this dedicated coach and educator.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Richert family and those who knew and loved Mark,” school officials said in a release.
    I will have more on Richert’s passing in a future print edition of the Decatur Tribune.

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