Retired ETHS dean, pro football player dies

Mike Wynn.

Retired Evanston Township High School Dean of Students Mike Wynn has died.

Wynn, who graduated from ETHS in 1965 after playing football, basketball and track for four years went onto a pro career with the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots after playing college football at the University of Nebraska.

ETHS Athletic Director Chris Livatino says Wynn returned to Evanston in 1985 where he worked at ETHS as a teacher, football and wrestling coach, coordinator for student services and dean of students before retiring in 2003.

Wynn, with his late wife Marcia, also created the Justin Wynn Fund following the death of their nine-year-old son Justin in a swimming accident in 1987.

Each year the fund selects two fourth-graders from each of Evanston's 12 elementary schools to participate in the Justin Wynn Leadership Academy.

The "Wynners" can remain in the program until they graduate from high school meeting monthly to plan and carry out service projects.

Livatino says he first met Wynn as his freshman football coach.

"He was a 'man’s man' who had compassion and kindness and genuinely wanted to help make us better men with those same qualities," Livatino says. "I am empowered to know that one man, one strong gentle giant of a man, can have such a big impact on our community and the world and am grateful that the hundreds and thousands of his Wynners will continue to carry on his legacy for generations to come."

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

Above: Mike Wynn in a 2009 photo from an ETHS Alumni Association newsletter.


Update 5:15 a.m. 12/12/14: Services for Mike Wynn will be held Wednesday, Dec. 17, at Ebenezer AME Church, 1109 Emerson St. in Evanston.

The Wake/Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m.with the Funeral at 7. Condolences may be sent care of Laura & Riian Wynn, 9310 Lincolnwood Drive, Evanston, IL 60203. Donations to the Justin Wynn Fund can be made by visiting www.wynners.org.


Update 10:25 a.m. 12/15/14: 

Due to an outpouring of support, funeral services for Mike Wynn have been moved to the First Presbyterian Church, 1427 Chicago Ave., to accommodate all who wish to attend  Date and time remain the same.

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