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‘Voice of the Eagles’ passes away

March 27, 2013

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Joe Mahan died March 19 at the age of 86. He served as the announcer for Ferndale High for 65 years. He is pictured with Barbara, his wife of 63 years.

As the calls of support and sympathies flood in, Peter Mahan can’t help but think of all that his father, Joe, had accomplished.

Joe Mahan died March 19 at the age of 86.

“He was so special and important to so many people,” Peter Mahan said.

Joe Mahan was called ‘Voice of the Eagles,’ a moniker he earned with 65 years of service announcing sporting events for Ferndale High.

On Feb. 15, the school honored him by naming the scorer’s table after him. The press box was named after him in 2005, but Peter Mahan said he did much more than announce games.

Joe Mahan was active in the community, from being a principal in the Detroit Public School for 38 years to taking time to travel to elementary schools with Barbara, his wife of 63 years, dressed as clowns and doing skits about drug prevention.

He also ran the Ferndale summer baseball program for 25 years and served as a charter member of the Ferndale Sports Booster Club.

“He was a great person. He had a passion for everything he did his whole life,” Peter Mahan said.

Joe Mahan is survived by Barbara and their children, Peter, Tracey and Mark.

Peter Mahan said, in his final hours, his father was surrounded by family members singing old tunes of his youth.

“Even to his last breath, he was singing,” Peter Mahan said. “It was kind of a nice way to end his life and a peaceful ending. I’m glad it ended that way.”

Family is asking that contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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