James E. Letcher

CLINTON, MI. – James E. Letcher, age 60 of Clinton passed away unexpectedly at his home on Thursday, March 06, 2014.

Jim was born November 7, 1953 in Marquette, MI the son of Jack and Jean (Lind) Letcher. He married Debra Nault on August 14, 1976 in Negaunee, MI and she survives.

Jim graduated B.A. from Northern Michigan University in Marquette and was a proud Wildcat. He earned a Masters in Early Childhood Education from SVSU. He began his career teaching at the Tuscola Intermediate School District in the thumb of Michigan, where he taught severely mentally impaired students. He returned to the UP for a short period to teach for the Marquette Intermediate School District in Palmer, Michigan. For the past twenty years he taught students in Special Education, Kindergarten and Reading Recovery in the Saline Area Schools. He used his unique charm and cleaver wit to ingratiate himself with staff and students alike.

A devoted educator, Jim will be sorely missed by students, staff and parents, a like. He was a compassionate leader, negotiator and staunch supporter of public education through his union work in the Saline Education Association, Washtenaw County Education Association and the Michigan Education Association.

Jim rejuvenated himself by spending time and refurbishing his cabin on Gold Mine Lake in the U.P. He loved camping and being outside, going to the movies, and listening to the music of the 1940’s era. He adored his Scottish and West Highland Terriers, antique telephones and switchboards, dreamed of nostalgic VW Bugs, and recently developed an appreciation for college football.

Jim is survived by his wife Debra; brother Michael Letcher of Richfield, MN; nephew Kevin Larson of Green Bay, WI; and an extensive work “family” at Saline Area Schools.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved grandmother Gladys Letcher and in-laws Arthur and Mavis.

At Jim’s request, cremation has taken place and a memorial service celebrating his life will take place Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm at Saline Middle School (7190 N. Maple Rd Saline,Michigan).

Contributions in Jim’s memory may be made to the Lenawee County Humane Society. Condolences may be offered to the family at HandlerFuneralHomes.com