Michael MacLean — Sioux Falls, S.D.

Michael MacLean, 73, of Sioux Falls, S.D., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, at the Bethany Home in Sioux Falls.

Michael John MacLean, son of Dr. Alexander MacLean and Mary (Sellen) Flynn, was born on March 14, 1941, in Rochester. He grew up there and received his education, graduating from high school in 1959. Michael attended at the University of Minnesota and studied further at the University of Colorado and St. John's University, obtaining his masters degree. Michael moved to Sioux Falls, S.D., and opened a bookstore, where he met Jeanne.

Michael was united in marriage with Jeanne Flynn at the Newman Center in Vermillion, S.D., in 1971. The couple moved to Sioux Falls where Michael owned and operated Dakota Claims. He retired in 2004, and spent time traveling with Jeanne to Washington and Oregon.

Michael's avocation in life was books. He built and maintained a library in his home and spent many hours in between the pages of his favorites. He enjoyed coaching boys and girls softball and boys soccer. He was a superb swimmer and was first in his age group six times in areas, including the breaststroke, backstroke, freestyle and individual medley.

Michael was former president of N.A.M.I. and received the Ringneck Award for contributions to softball and the Knowles Award for contributing to the Southeastern Mental Health Clubhouse.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Jeanne MacLean, Sioux Falls, S.D.; son, Alex MacLean, Sioux Falls, S.D.; brothers, Patrick MacLean, Denver, Colo., and Jim MacLean, Holman, Wis.; sisters, Mary Ochsner and her husband, John, Wabasha, Sandy and her husband, John, Bellevue, Wash., and Kathy Secrist and her husband, Jack, Oberlin, Ohio; and many other relatives and friends.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents.

The family requests that memorials be directed to the 5th Street Connection Clubhouse, Southeastern Mental Health, 100 W. 5th Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57104.

Visitation and a prayer service was held Friday, Oct. 10, at Miller Funeral Home, 13th & Main.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, Oct. 11, at Christ the King Parish, Sioux Falls, S.D., with private burial at St. Patrick Cemetery in Montrose, S.D.

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