John “Jack” Paulin, age 95, of Baraboo, WI, passed away on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at St. Clare Meadows. He was born on July 10, 1926 in Marshfield, WI, the son of Wilmer and Anna Dorothy (Sullivan) Paulin. After graduation from Marshfield High School in 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy Corps serving two years as a tail gunner.
He married the love of his life, Jean Markee in 1946 and they had four children. In 1950 he graduated from UW-LaCrosse with a double major in Social Studies and Physical Education. He was hired by Gays Mills High School where he taught Social Studies, and was head basketball and baseball coach for four years. He also served as the district’s summer recreational director.
Lancaster High School hired him to teach Social Studies. While at Lancaster he was the head basketball coach for 29 years and the head baseball coach for 22 years. He also served as the summer recreational director in Lancaster for 13 years.
Coach Paulin was elected into both the Wisconsin Baseball and Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Coach was named “Conference Coach of the Year” by his peers in the Southwestern Conference five times in the sport of basketball.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife of 61 years, Jean on October 3, 2007, and his daughter Barbara and her husband Rich in 1972.
Jack is survived by his children: Lee Ann (Jerry) Cook of Delafield, Patrick Paulin of Burlington; and Kathleen Paulin of Vernal, UT; grandchildren: Michelle (Rich) Venske, Becki (Mark) Barberino, and Joe (Amy) Cook; great-grandchildren: Jackson and Sydney Venske, Gianna Barberino, and Hannah Lee Cook; along with other relatives and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Jack will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, September 24, 2021 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Baraboo with Father Jay Poster officiating. Visitation will be at 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service at the church. For those unable to attend, the service will be live streamed. Burial will be made Tuesday, October 26, 2021 in the Southern WI Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove.
The Farber Funeral Home, Reedsburg, is assisting the family.
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