Marion High School
Sutter (1925-2011) had a remarkable athletic career that was characterized by
achievement, longevity, and a sense of fair play. His induction into the Grant
County Sports Hall of Fame makes the Sutters the first family to have three
members inducted individually as he follows sons John (2014) and Joe (2012).
graduated from Marion High School in 1943 and was a letterman in basketball,
tennis, and football. His three year varsity basketball career included being
ranked #1 in the state for part of his senior year and a trip to the elite 8
(finals of the semi - state) of the state tournament that year where they lost
to eventual state champion Ft. Wayne Central.
enlisted in the US Army Air Force immediately following his high school
graduation and was most proud of his service to his country during World War
II. He was selected for the Air Force basketball team and played extensively in
the Western States after returning from his deployment to Europe. Upon
discharge from the service, he enrolled at Purdue University where he was
invited to play basketball for the Boilermakers. He declined the offer in order
to focus on studying business and dairy courses so he could join the family
business in Marion where he later became President of the Sutter Dairy Co. Jack was an active member in the business and
civic communities before resigning his position in 1970 and returning to
was 46 when he made his career change which began by resuming his college
education and enrolling at Marion College (now Indiana Wesleyan University). He
graduated magna cum laude with a degree in education in 1974. He and his wife Jean then moved to Florida
where he designed and taught the first public school program for behaviorally
challenged boys in Palm Beach County. The program was considered successful and
subsequently utilized by school systems in other counties in Florida.
his time at Marion College, he was the captain of the Marion College tennis
team competing in both singles and doubles. Jack’s accomplishments and
contributions were recognized by his selection as the Marion College Athlete
Scholar of the year in 1974 at the age of 48. The current tennis complex at IWU
bears his name - The Jack G. Sutter Tennis Center.
is survived by his wife - Jean; children - John, Joe, Julie, and Jan; and 11
grandchildren, most of who participated in and enjoyed the benefits of athletic
competition. Jack’s reassuring and encouraging attitude toward family and
sports undoubtedly contributed greatly to their experiences. It is likely that
his positive influence will continue to be passed down for generations to come.