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Community holds celebration of life for boys basketball coach

Posted at 7:34 PM, Apr 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-14 19:34:40-04

LANSING, Mich. (WSYM) - It's been over two weeks since a beloved basketball coach lost his battle to brain cancer.Today hundreds gathered, celebrating the life of Jason Bauer. FOX 47's Marcus Dash was there as stories were shared of a selfless man that always put others first.

A mix of tears and laughs in Williamston High School's gymnasium Saturday.

As people came together to celebrate Jason Bauer's short but impactful life, an impact that will last with Bauer's former players like Riley Lewis.

"He had such a big impact on all his players, such a selfless coach, and was never about him, he always wanted it to be about us," said Lewis.

Close friend and Pastor Doug Bradshaw told me getting attention was something Bauer never really cared for, 
Bauer did a lot for the community but did it out of his own heart not because he wanted credit.

"Raising money for people who had cancer that he knew, a man of few words, but a man of a lot action," said Bradshaw.

Today's ceremony shows that Jason Bauer's legacy goes far beyond these basketball courts and some tell me it was refreshing to see the community come together this one last time for Jason.

"The community came out to see one of us, it wasn't just the basketball coach it was one of us, that touched us, has passed on, and we are all here together," said Bradshaw.

Most everyone that spoke today mentioned Bauer's life of hanging in the background, letting others receive the spotlight.
A spotlight which now will stay with Bauer, for time to come.

"It was a privilege to be his friend," said Bradshaw.

Following today's celebration of life, Bauer was laid to rest. He leaves behind a wife and four children.