Coach Marion ’49 Schmidt, passed away August 3, 2018, at his home in Hays, surrounded by family. He was a beloved member of the TMP-Marian family for many years and will be greatly missed.
Schmidt was the Head Football Coach at Thomas More Prep from 1973-1978. He was nicknamed “Mr. Football,” having been associated with five undefeated teams in his football career. In fact, Coach Schmidt went out on a high note with his final season at TMP being undefeated League Champions in 1978. Schmidt’s love for the gridiron began during his playing days at St. Joseph’s Military Academy, where he was All-State Quarterback and Co-Captain of the All-State Team in 1949. Coach Schmidt will forever be remembered in the hearts and minds of the players for the positive impact he had on their young lives.
Marion Schmidt is the great-grandson of Jacob Schmidt, the “Schulmeister,” and his wife, Anna Maria, who brought a strong Catholic faith and leadership from Russia to Catharine, in 1876. He is survived by his wife Donna, a former Marian High teacher, and their four children, Pam ’74 Schmidt, Mayo ’75 Schmidt, Garret ’78 Schmidt and Sandy ’81 (Schmidt) Barnes.
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