Community celebrates life of former Marshfield track coach Mac McIntosh

Remembering Mac McIntosh (Photo courtesy Rachael Taylor-Tuller)

COOS BAY, Ore. -- The life of former Marshfield High School track coach Mac McIntosh was honored over weekend.

McIntosh lost a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer last month.

"He is maybe one of the most special human beings I've been around,” said Marshfield Athletic Director Greg Mulkey, “just, as a human being, you can't find a better person than Coach Mac."

In 2005, McIntosh returned to his hometown of Coos Bay after 30 years of service in the US Air Force.

He became Marshfield's head track coach in 2009 before retiring this summer.

"Dad was larger than life,” said Mac’s daughter, Rachael Taylor-Tuller. “He could break an apple in half with his bare hands; he could turn any party into a dance party. He was just infectious with his energy and what he brought to life."

And it's that energy those who knew Mac will cherish.

We interviewed Mac last May and he talked about his biggest accomplishments.

"Knowing that young people have been through our program have experienced our culture and have walked away from that with positive life lessons that they're able to apply not only to competitions on the next level, but as members of the armed forces, or as college students or teachers coming back wanting to coach in our program as well. That to me is the biggest and most important thing I've done."

A father, mentor, and fighter pilot, the life of a remarkable man is being remembered and celebrated in the bay area.

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