|Jeff Zylstra Western Michigan 1976-79|
Jeffrey Roger Zylstra, age 59 of Grandville, passed away on Saturday, March 25. Heaven gained a track star! Jeff will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Janice, and son Jonathan. Jeff is survived by his parents, Roger and Angela Zylstra, who created the foundation of such a caring and loving man; his sisters, Mary and Dave Bristol, and Anne and Jeff Bidelman. Jeff was passionate about his running career at Grandville High School and Western Michigan University, where he still holds school records. Jeff loved music, reading about the Civil War, and creating hobbies with his son. Their love of historical trains, model railroad sets, restoring cars, and spending time fishing were shared with family and friends. Jeff's most recent career was as CFO for the Dominican Center at Marywood in Grand Rapids. He loved this career opportunity, which brought him a chance to share his leadership skills with focus on teamwork and fun, but mostly on faith.
In looking through Mid-American Conference archives we've found that Jeff was selected Co-MVP at the Conference Outdoor meet in 1978 along with Bruno Pauletto of Central Michigan. Jeff was also the Mid-American steeplechase champion in 1978 (8:59.79) and 1979 (8:53.00).
Below are several photos provided by Jeff's friends.
|Western Michigan Broncos (1978) Jeff Zylstra (front row , center) and Coach Jack Shaw (front row right)|
|Jeff leading a race in Kalamazoo|
|Jeff in action at Cobo with Sydney Maree and Jon Sinclair|
The final was won by Sulieman Nyambui (UTEP) 3:57.89, followed by Maree 3:59.91, Amos Korir (Villanova) 4:03.74,
David Warren (Murray State) 4:09.39, and Jon Sinclair (Colorado St.) 4:10.13