Kevin Martens Obituary – Has Died: Kevin Martens was one of Gus Kapolka’s first recruits after he was named Cedar Springs’ varsity football trainer in 2013.
“He had an unequivocal obligation to the children, and he didn’t have a personality regarding who got acknowledge for progress as long as the children were dealt with and treated right,” Kapolka said. “That is the thing that persuaded Kevin and that turned out to be exceptionally clear in only one discussion I had with Kevin from the get-go after I was recruited.”
Kapolka disclosed to MLive.com Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, that Martens has died. Kapolka didn’t have any data on the reason for death, expressing that it was sudden.
Martens, a 1993 Kent City High School graduate, filled in as a social investigations educator at Cedar Springs Middle School, and he instructed Red Hawks football for more than 20 years. Martens recently trained under lead trainer Brian Busen before joining Kapolka’s staff. Martens trained the Red Hawks’ protective line and center school track, as well.
“I have been a lead trainer for quite some time and I have instructed for 25 or more years, and he is without a doubt the best protective line mentor I have worked at any point ever with,” Kapolka said. “That is tiny to say since he was a superior man, spouse, and father than he was a D-line mentor. However, he was remarkable as a D-line mentor.”
Martens is made due by his significant other Amy Martens and four youngsters. The Cedar Springs Public Schools Facebook page announced that the school’s questioning group has been working with understudies at the secondary school and center school in gatherings and one-on-one, adding that extra help will be given by a head or instructor at the two schools on a case by case basis.
“Kevin had a huge reach and an enormous effect, and he was a ton of children’s number one educator and a great deal of players’ #1 mentor,” Kapolka said. “He was one of my #1 individuals to mentor with. He was an inside and out huge individual and the huge person who affected incalculable quantities of children and individuals in Cedar Springs and Kent City all through his really short life.”
All Cedar Springs football exercises for Thursday have been dropped. The Red Hawks will play Kenowa Hills Friday.
“The arrangement is to play a game tomorrow evening at Kenowa Hills at 7 o’clock and lament as a family,” Kapolka said. “Today is a decent day for everyone to hit the respite button, go be with loved ones, and give everyone you love an embrace and look at them without flinching and disclose to them that you love them.”