JOHN EL SUMMERS JR., 61, of Marianna, Fla., died on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at his home. Born in Decatur, Ill., his family settled in the Fort Wayne area in 1964, where both his mother and his two brothers still reside. John attended New Haven High School, where their teams were also known as the Bulldogs. John then majored in Latin and social studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind. Upon graduation from college, he taught for a short period of time at West Washington High School, Salem, Ind. and then Marianna High School in 1984. He taught social studies, Latin I and II, and Advanced Placement American history, and he was the yearbook sponsor. Yearbooks produced by students on Mr. Summers' yearbook staffs were known for many years to publish some of the best books in the country. Mr. Summers' passion for teaching was well known, as was his dedication to his students and to Marianna High School. His efforts to capture his students' attention and impart a deep understanding of the subjects they were studying were legendary. Just one such effort was "The Dance," which John performed only once every four years, "something each student got to see only once." No one who knew him will ever forget Mr. Summers and his collection of ties. He is survived by his mother, Joan Summers; and two brothers, Steve and Mark (Dr. Craig Hill). He was preceded in death by his father, John E. Summers Sr. "The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to the entire Marianna High community for their outpouring of respect for Mr. Summers, and the support and caring that has been shown to each of us." Mr. Summers' family will be returning to the Marianna area the week of March 11, 2013, at which time a memorial service will be held. Expressions of Sympathy may be made online at

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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Feb. 26, 2013