“His personality on the field never changed. He always worked hard and was a pleasure to be around,” added his teammates. “It may have been only a year, but the lives he touched will carry on forever. We’re going to miss running out on the field with him.”
Director of Athletics Theresa Yetmar knows Jeck will have a lasting impact on the Baker baseball program.
“We are so proud that Tyler was a member of our baseball program. He carried himself with such positive energy. He was a dedicated student and teammate who touched so many lives here in such a short time. We will miss his presence every day, but he will always be a member of our Wildcat family.”
Head baseball coach Phil Hannon echoed those sentiments.
“The relationships Tyler built with this team — our baseball family — will never be forgotten,” Hannon said. “Talking to his father today, he told me the last image they will have of their son is him walking out the door with a big smile on his face saying, ‘I love you.’ ”
According to the family, Tyler chose pre-med for his major because it would give him the unique opportunity to help people daily. Just this past summer he worked at a disability center, focusing on children with special needs.
“I remember not too long ago he said he just wants to help people. That’s all he wanted to do. He would go work at the center from 8-to-4 every day and come home with the biggest smile on his face, that’s just who Tyler was,” said a representative from the family.
Patricia Long, president of Baker University, also issued a statement on Wednesday regarding Jeck’s death.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tyler Jeck’s family, his friends and his extended family at Baker University," Long said. "Tyler had demonstrated great promise on the Baldwin City campus as a freshman. He was a stellar student, earning recognition on the dean’s list both semesters, participating in the Emerging Leaders summit and contributing as a player for our baseball team. He truly was a talented young man who will be missed by all who knew him.”
“He’s the type of kid you want your son to be like,” Hannon added. “Jeck will forever be a part of our program.”
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