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John "Jack" DeLaMar

December 14, 1945 -
March 26, 2021

Surrounded by family, John “Jack” De La Mar passed away on Friday, March 26, 2021, at the age of 75.  Born of parents Miriam and Gordon De La Mar in 1945, he grew up in the City of Chicago, attending Leo High School.  He graduated with Honors from the University of Illinois and went on to graduate from the Univer…read more

Surrounded by family, John “Jack” De La Mar passed away on Friday, March 26, 2021, at the age of 75.  Born of parents Miriam and Gordon De La Mar in 1945, he grew up in the City of Chicago, attending Leo High School.  He graduated with Honors from the University of Illinois and went on to graduate from the University of Illinois School of Law where he was elected to the Order of Coif.  Jack began his legal career in private practice and went on to serve Champaign County as an Assistant State’s Attorney for 6 years.  In 1979, at the age of 33, he was appointed Associate Judge for Champaign County.  He was elected Circuit Judge in 1996.  After 23 years on the bench, Jack retired to then volunteer his services at CASA, zealously advocating for abused and neglected children.

Married to his loving wife Melody (nee McCormick), for 53 years, they joyfully raised three daughters, Shannon (Ernest) Noa, Cathleen (Joseph) Lindt, and Shawn (David) Lapetino.  He was the proud grandfather of Sean (Lauren), Alex and Joshua Noa, Jimmy, Ashlynn and Colleen Lindt, Nicholas and Jonathan Lapetino.

As well as working hard, he was a great athlete.  Jack played softball for 60 years, retiring from senior softball at the age 68.  He also enjoyed a lifetime of hiking, biking and water skiing.  Jack was a lifelong Cubs and Bears fan.  He loved his family, friends, and Michigan sunsets.

Jack lived his life with passion for faith and family and a devotion to the protection of children.

A private family mass will be held at St. Matthew Church with a Memorial Service to be held at a later date.

Condolences may be offered at www.morganmemorialhome.com.

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