Duane “Mac” McLaughlin passed away unexpectedly on June 23, 2020, at the age of 69, in Traverse City, Mich.

He was born June 24, 1950, in Pontiac, Mich., to Donald and Loretta McLaughlin. He attended Avondale Public Schools in Auburn Hills, graduating in 1968. He participated in football, basketball and track, and earned a football scholarship to Michigan State University. He went on to play football for the Spartans as a defensive tackle and graduated with a degree in physical education.