The world lost a beautiful soul filled with grace and love on August 22, 2018 with the passing of Martin Charles Stack. Marty fought a courageous 16 month battle with metastatic prostate cancer and died at the age of 50. He was born on September 20, 1967 to Dr. Jack and Carol Stack in Alma, Michigan. Marty was the youngest of four children. He lived a life filled with adventure and enthusiasm and was deeply loved by his family and his friends around the world.
Marty leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 25 years, Maki Stack and his two treasured children Marina and Kai. He is also survived by his loving mother Carol Ann Stack and his mother and father-in-law Masaru and Michiko Aoyama.
Marty leaves behind three devoted siblings including Molly (Dr. Paul David) Minnick, Dr. Matthew (Susan) Stack, Dr. Michael (Dr. Leyla Moossavi) Stack, and two loving brother-in-laws Takema (Akiyo) Aoyama and Asahi (Rika) Aoyama. His treasured nieces and nephews include Ryotaro and Miyu Aoyama, Honoka Aoyama, Dr. Brandon (Summer) Minnick, Julie (Dan) Huggler, Anderson (Kelsey) Minnick, Molly Carol Minnick (Dakota Iocco), David, Peter, Charlie and Danny Stack, Becky (Will) Luetkemeier, Sara, Jack and Camran Stack. Marty also leaves many aunts, uncles, cousins, great nieces and great nephews who will miss him dearly. He was preceded in death by his father Dr. Jack M. Stack and his grandparents Charles and Sammy Anderson, Jack Stack and Ruth Inman.
Marty spent his life dedicated to international studies and student exchange programs at institutions of higher education in the United States and Japan. He was a 1985 graduate of Alma High School. Marty attended Alma College where his love of international studies began. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology in 1991. Marty went on to study at Ryukoku University in Japan where he received a Master’s Degree in Sociology.
Most recently Marty served as the Director of International Programs at Mid-Michigan Community College where he had many friends and respected colleagues. He was formerly an Associate Professor at the University of Shiga Prefecture and an Adjunct Professor at Ryukoku University in Japan. Marty also served as the former Program Coordinator at Michigan State University Office of Study Abroad and was the former Program Coordinator at Japan Center for Michigan Universities. To say that Marty had friends around the world only begins to capture the people whose lives he touched through his love and support of student learning. He was a keen observer of human interests and interactions and was a peace maker in the world. He never spoke an unkind word.
He was gracious and sweet. He was wise and wonderful. His greatest wish was to leave a legacy of international peace and understanding through the students whose lives he touched.
A memorial service celebrating Marty’s life will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Dunning Memorial Chapel on the campus of Alma College with Pastor Rick Stieve and Chaplain Andrew Pomerville officiating. A luncheon will follow.
Memorial contributions for the education of Marty’s children can be made to his family.