Ferris Loses Loyal Alum Larry Marfechuk

Bulldog Alum Larry Marfechuk is shown near the new "Victory Bell" he helped restore last fall
Bulldog Alum Larry Marfechuk is shown near the new "Victory Bell" he helped restore last fall

Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University lost one of its proudest and most loyal supporters with the recent passing last weekend (Nov. 28) of Bulldog football alum Lawrence "Larry" Marfechuk.

The 61-year old Marfechuk was a member of Ferris' undefeated 1968 football team and also served as a member of the FSU Alumni Association Board of Directors.  Additionally, he was a Presidents Club/Abigail Smith Timme society level supporter of Ferris.

Marfechuk, who lived in Dania, Fla., graduated from Ferris with an Arts & Sciences degree in 1969.  He served as an Assistant Principal of the Palm Springs North Elementary School in the Miami-Dade School District.

The Warren, Mich., native played along the Bulldogs' offensive line during his collegiate career and played a key role as Ferris posted a 7-0-1 record in the 1968 season under head coach Bob Leach.  The squad remains the only unbeaten team over the course of an entire campaign in Bulldog football annals.

Recently, Marfechuk played a key role last fall as a committee member for the 40th reunion of Ferris' 1968 team and made a lead donation in the group's fundraising effort for the new Victory Bell that was restored last season at Top Taggart Field.

A longtime school administrator, Marfechuk also ran his own business, the Undefeated Investment Company, which was named after the '68 team.  He was a member of the Dania Beach Chamber of Commerce and was deeply involved in community, church and FSU alumni activities.

Marfechuk, known as "Mr. M" to many, was born March 24, 1948, in Michigan.  He is survived by his son, Brandon Jacobsen, and daughter-in-law Claire; his parents Walter and Josephine Marfechuk in addition to four brothers and a sister along with a host of nephews, nieces and in-laws.

Services for Marfechuk include a viewing, funeral mass and a reception, all of which are slated for Thursday, Dec. 3, in Florida.

Please visit this link below to share memories or offer condolances via an online guest book: