Obituaries – 12-02-2020

Mark Coleman Mixon

Mark Coleman Mixon, 65, of Bradenton and formerly of Bradenton Beach, died Nov. 11.

He was born Oct. 13, 1955, in Youngstown, Ohio.

Mr. Mixon, along with his parents Jim and Patricia, owned and operated Mixon Insurance in Holmes Beach for 50 years.

A celebration of life will be Saturday, Dec. 5, on the Palma Sola Causeway, where, starting at 5 p.m., the family will welcome friends and associates for a remembrance. Refreshments and light bites will be provided and everyone who knew Mr. Mixon is welcome.

Mr. Mixon had been an active member of the Rotary club, where he served as president and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a former member of Lions Club, where he served in many offices.

He was an ardent golfer and a member of the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach, where he won the club championship many times.

He was a tireless worker and kept busy remodeling his rental properties after retirement. He and his mother sold Jim Mixon Insurance two years ago.

He was much loved by his family and many friends.

Memorial donations may be made to Southeastern Guide Dogs at 4210 77th St. E., Palmetto, FL 34221.

He is survived by his life companion and partner, Cynthia Dagher of Bradenton; daughter Melissa Chambers and husband Jason of Parrish; mother, Trish Mixon O’Reilly and husband John of Holmes Beach; sister Kim Eresten and husband Alex of Bradenton and Munith, Michigan; brother Robert Ostroski of Bradenton; and granddaughters Landry and Harper Chambers of Parrish.

 

John B. ‘Jack’ Roe

John B. “Jack” Roe, 78, of Holmes Beach and Grand Detour, Illinois, died Nov. 27 from a rare untreatable form of cancer known as myelofibrosis.

He was born to Jane Gilbert and John B. II.

The Roe family has lived in Ogle County since 1837 and Mr. Roe’s great-grandfather, John B. Roe, was the first doctor there.

Mr. Roe enjoyed horse racing, golf, reading and traveling.

He attended Oregon, Illinois, schools.

He graduated from Centre College of Kentucky in 1964.

He attended American University, George Washington University with political honors and graduated from the University of Illinois Law School in 1967.

He was elected Ogle County State’s Attorney in 1968 and was the youngest state's attorney in Illinois history.

He taught criminal justice at Sauk Valley and Kishwaukee Colleges for five years.

He was admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court in 1969 and also served two terms 1973-79 in the Illinois Senate.

While in the Illinois Senate, he sponsored the Illinois Campaign Disclosure Act, requiring candidates for public office to disclose their contributors and their expenditures.

He also sponsored Illinois Gov. James Thompson’s Class X anti-crime bills providing for mandatory sentences for crimes of violence, as well as sponsored the Horse Racing Act of 1976, which revised the administration of horse racing in Illinois, and the No Fault Divorce Act. He also was credited with obtaining the money to construct the Rochelle, Illinois, overpass.

He was appointed chief justice of the Illinois Court of Claims by Thompson in 1979.

He was a member of the Rochelle Grade School Board Dist. 230 1982-84 and practiced law in Rochelle 1973-95.

He was appointed circuit judge in 1995 by the Illinois Supreme Court and was elected circuit judge in 1996.

After retiring as a judge in 2000, he was a member of the Governor’s Commission to Revise and Rewrite The Illinois Criminal Code, the board of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois, and the faculty at Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg.

He also was a certified mediator, arbiter and hearing officer.

A family burial will be at Lighthouse Church Cemetery in Ogle County, Illinois. Memorial donations may be made to Foundation for Focus House and Community Programming, P.O. Box 491, Rochelle IL 61068.

Mr. Roe is survived by his wife of 47 years, Phyllis, who was his companion, love, best friend and caretaker. He also is survived by son John B. “Ben” IV and wife Irene of Grand Detour; step-daughter Julie and husband Jim Watt of Oregon, Illinois; grandchildren John Benjamin V and Mary Margaret of Grand Detour, Justin Watt and Emma Watt of Chicago; sister Ruth Roe Arth of San Francisco; many nieces and nephews; and many extended family members.

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