Mari Jo Lavin


Mari Jo Lavin, 54, of Hesperia, passed away Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018 at her home following a year-long battle with cancer.  Mari Jo was born Aug. 19, 1964 in Fremont to Maurice and Inez (Rumsey) Dutcher and graduated from Hesperia High School in 1982.  Mari Jo had worked in the accounting office at Walmart in Fremont for the past 27 years and enjoyed camping, fishing, shopping — but not buying, but especially treasured the time she spent with her family.

Mari Jo is survived by her husband, James “Jim” Lavin; her children, Meagan Lavin, Paige Lavin and Chad Lavin, all of Hesperia; her sisters and brothers, Deanna (Matt) Joppich of Hesperia; Rhonda (Greg) Riddle of Hesperia; Donnie Hills of Hesperia; Brad Hills of Whitehall; mother-in-law, Marilyn Deater of Muskegon; step mother-in-law, Ruby Lavin of Hesperia; sister-in-law, Patti (Joe) Ohrling of Muskegon; brothers-in-laws, Terry Lavin of Hesperia; Robert (Tammy) Deater of New Mexico; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.  Mari Jo was preceded in death by her parents, Maurice and Inez Dutcher; her father-in-law, Viljo Lavin; step father-in-law, James Deater.

Visitation will be Monday, Nov. 5 from 4-7 p.m. at Crandell Funeral Home – Fremont Chapel 7193 W. 48th St. Fremont, Mich. 49412 and Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 10-11 a.m. at the Crandell Funeral Home — Fremont Chapel.  Funeral services will be Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Crandell Funeral Home – Fremont Chapel. Interment in East Hesperia Cemetery.  Memorial contributions can be made to Spectrum Health Foundation for the Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center in Reed City.  Friends may send a condolence or share a memory with the Lavin family online at