DeYoung, Marc J. 4/9/1967 - 3/14/2015 Kalamazoo Age 47, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 14, 2015, with his family by his side.

Marc was born in Muskegon, MI, on April 9, 1967, the son of Ronald and Jo-Lynn (Frisbie) DeYoung who survive. He graduated from Ravenna High School. He had a strong faith that never wavered throughout his fight with cancer.

He had a great personality and sense of humor which made him a joy to know and be around. Marc was a hard worker. He also knew the value of having fun and loved riding motorcycles, playing sports, and was a gifted Corn Hole player. Marc also loved to spend time sharing his gifts with others. He was actively involved as a coach at Westwood Little League, Team Kalamazoo travel baseball, wrestling, and other sports. His guidance and encouragement to his players will be missed.

Marc was a loving husband and father. He leaves his family with many wonderful memories, and a faith and hope in Christ. On April 28, 1990, he married the love of his life Cyndi (Wiessner) DeYoung, who survives. Marc is also survived by his six children, Sean, Ryan, Kyle, Travis, Jeffrey, and Hope DeYoung; brother, Michael (Sandie) DeYoung; father and mother-in-law, John (Ruth) Wiessner; aunts, uncles, cousins, and many great friends.

A memorial visitation will be held on Friday, March 20, 2015, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, at North Park Reformed Church, 1316 Barney Rd, Kalamazoo, MI 49004. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at the church on Sunday, March 22, 2015, beginning at 1:00 PM, with Rev. Paul Fazio officiating.​

Marc DeYoung, Kalamazoo father of 6, dies at age 47 after battle with cancer

Julie Mack | By Julie Mack | 
on March 15, 2015 at 4:32 PM, updated March 15, 2015 at 7:53 PM

KALAMAZOO, MI -- Whenever Marc DeYoung's sons took the field to play baseball, the Kalamazoo father of six offered the same advice.

"He would tell me to just to enjoy every moment, to soak it all in," said Kyle DeYoung, 19, DeYoung's third-oldest son.

That was typical of Marc DeYoung -- an involved father who cared deeply about "teaching us to be men and to live life the right way," said Kyle.

Marc DeYoung, whose struggle with cancer was detailed in a Kalamazoo Gazette story a year ago, passed away early Saturday at Rose Arbor Hospice, surrounded by family. He was 47.

He was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in the fall of 2013 and entered hospice earlier this month. 

DeYoung was born in April 1967 to Ron and Jo-Lynn DeYoung and grew up in Ravenna near Muskegon. After graduation from Ravenna High School, he attended Grand Valley and Western Michigan universities.

In 1990, he marred Cyndi Wiessner and they settled in Kalamazoo, where DeYoung worked for first for various retail operations in loss prevention and then for companies selling security systems.

But the focus of the couple's life was their six children: Sean, 23, Ryan, 21, and Kyle, 19, all graduates of Kalamazoo Central High School, plus Travis, 16, a sophomore at Central; Jeffrey, 13, an eighth-grade at Hillside Middle School, and Hope, 8, a second-grader at King-Westwood Elementary School.

"He was selfless," Kyle said. "He lived for us."

Sports, in particular, drew father and sons together. They were Yankee fans, but also watched Detroit Tiger games whenever possible, and the DeYoung parents were regular at the boys' baseball games at Kalamazoo Central.

After Kyle graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School last June, he was scheduled to enter the U.S. Marine Corp. The day before he was scheduled to leave, he opted to delay entry into the military to stay with his father during his final months. 

"No regrets" whatsoever about that decision, Kyle said. His father was a "huge" Denver Broncos fan and "we watched every game together this past fall."

DeYoung also was close to only daughter and youngest child. When Hope celebrated her eighth birthday earlier this month after her father had entered hospice, her wish was "that she and Mommy have a sleepover with Daddy. So, we did!" Cyndi DeYoung posted on Facebook.

Kyle said parents had a "very loving marriage."  Kyle was reminded of that during a recent trip when he used a suitcase that his father had often used for business travel. In one of the pockets, he found a stack of letters from his mother.

"My dad traveled a ton, so my parents had to stay in touch a lot of time by phone calls and letters, and so I found this boatload of letters from my mom," Kyle said. "He carried them with him where ever he went."

His parents "were definitely there for each, and they should us how we should act with a spouse," Kyle said.

Friday, the day before Marc DeYoung's death, Cyndi DeYoung had emergency surgery to remove a kidney stone. Still, she was able to be there when her husband passed away, Kyle said.

Kyle said he'll remember his father a man with a great sense of humor and a "big presence."

"He was never afraid to speak his mind," Kyle said. "He always said what needed to be said."

One thing that's helped the DeYoungs during the past two years is their religious faith and their church family at North Park Reformed Church in Kalamazoo.

Marc DeYoung was "never shaken in his faith, ever," Kyle said. "He never doubted (his illness) was part of God's plan."

The family also has been bolstered by friends who formed "Team DeYoung" to provide the family with everything from prayers to dinners to financial help.

In addition to his parents, wife and children, Marc DeYoung is survived by his brother, Mike, who lives in Ravenna.