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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Marlette mourns loss of Kyle Hall

For those of you who missed it, Marlette's Kyle Hall, a super athlete for the Red Raiders, was killed in a car accident on July 16.
The Tribune sends its best wishes to his family.
Here is a story about Hall that appeared in the Tribune's sister paper, The Marlette Leader, today.

Special to the Tribune

MARLETTE — At his eulogy, Mike Hall compared his son Kyle to a Super Nova, burning bright with a zest for life and leaving behind a trail of dust that will touch countless others.
And so it was that the community gathered to mourn the loss of young Kyle Hall, tragically killed in a two-vehicle accident north of Marlette on July 16.
Hundreds gathered last Wednesday afternoon for his funeral held in Marlette High School to hold the masses of mourners. Earlier, people waited outside in the oppressive heat to get inside to pay their respects to the family at Marsh Funeral Chapel. Others gathered at an impromptu flashlight vigil held at the football field last Tuesday night while others were drawn to the scene of the crash and offered up a silent prayer.
“A tragedy of this nature affects the entire community, especially for a young man who touched the lives of so many. Kyle was a very kind, giving, courteous gentleman who took pride not only in his personal, academic and athletic accomplishments, but offered support to his classmates and teammates and cheered for their success as well,” Marlette Superintendent Jeriann Patterson summarized.
Hall was a 2011 graduate of Marlette.
While in high school, Hall participated in football, track, golf and his first love, basketball. He received numerous awards for basketball during his three years on varsity, including those during his senior year: Most Outstanding Player for the Kingston Summer League, first-team All-Greater Thumb East, first-team All-County (Sanilac & Tuscola), first-team All-Area, Academic All-League, and Offensive Player of the Year.  
He also was involved in HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) where he was captain of the debate team and helped lead them to nationals in 2010. He was also named to the National Honor Society in 2011. He recently earned his CNA (Certified Nurses Assistant).
He was planning on pursuing a biology degree at Alma College in the fall and then going on to become a registered nurse. He was also going to play for the Alma College basketball team.
“Kyle was a gifted young man who, as far as I can see, succeeded in everything he attempted. I will miss him greatly. I will miss his humor and his wonderful nature. I will miss shaking hands with that tall red-headed kid on Sunday mornings.” said pastor Dan Bowman.
“But most of all I will miss what could have been. I so looked forward to seeing him play at Alma. I am heartbroken for his family and, once again, for the community. May God give us all strength in this terrible storm. 
Added Marlette High School principal Kyle Wood: “Obviously, we are extremely sad for the family’s loss. Overall, he was a great kid and a leader in and out of the classroom.
“He played football, but basketball was huge for him, it was a passion. He represented Marlette in a positive way all the time. He was very well liked by his classmates and underclassmates as well. Everything evolved around basketball for Kyle. That sure seemed to be the thing for him and he was continuing to pursue that love.”
Added Marlette varsity basketball coach Chris Storm: “I coached him for the most part since elementary right on up through his three years on the varsity. I worked with him on numerous levels. I could best describe it as a real high energy. He put a lot of time into the game and spent hundreds of hours with his grandfather working on the game. He brought a lot of energy to the court.”
Many wrote their remembrances and tributes on Facebook and other sites.
“The entire community is shocked and saddened by the loss of your smiling face and your zest for life. Rest in peace Kyle,” stated Sheila Lambert.
“I played basketball against you forever, every year. I had to guard you. My heart goes out to your family and friends. Rest in peace Kyle,” stated Jared Bender.
“My heart goes out to the Hall family, students, staff and the entire community in this difficult time. I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to come to know Kyle and watch him grow for the last nine years. Kyle will be greatly missed,” Patterson added.

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