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Sawyer Mark  Baliff
  • Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey Association - Sportship Fund
    5076 Sports Drive
    Kalamazoo, MI 49009

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“I am so very sorry for your loss. Your whole family has and will continue to be in my prayers ”
1 of 11 | Posted by: Kris Schroeder-Olson - Kalamazoo, MI

“Mark and Family I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you. God bless. ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: Chris Konkel - Portage, MI

“I am so terribly sorry! Sawyer was such a great young man and I know how deeply loved and cherished he was. I am keeping you all in my prayers and...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Joni Knapper - Richland, MI

“Mark and Stephany, I am so sorry for your loss of your son. Prayers to your family. ”
4 of 11 | Posted by: Teresa Marx Brown - Kronenwetter, WI

“I remember playing football on the Beach in South Haven last year and how much fun we had. Sawyer and my boys could have played all day if we let...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Joe Snyder - Kalamazoo, MI

“Mark and Family,Hearing the sadness of your broken heart brings us to our knees. We will keep you and your Family in our prayers Forever....this is...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Gene & Zofia Leszczynski - WI

“Lisa I am so sorry for your loss. Know that your entire family is in my prayers. ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Sue Haase - Riverview, FL

“There are no words to express for your , but praying for peace and comfort from Jesus. We continue to lift your family up in prayer. ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: Diane & Jimmy ` Shelton - Stuart, FL

“I'm sorry for the loss of sweet Sawyer, and pray that there can come peace from this accident and know that you are making a story to help someone...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Amber Shumaker - Augusta, MI

“Though I never had the honor of meeting Sawyer, I enjoyed seeing many photos of Sawyer and his family over the years, when posted by his Grandma...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Kathy Myers - Paso Robles, CA

“There will never b a sweeter boy than Sawyer to ever walk this earth.he was so full of life as it was meant to be ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: Beverly mc Kinney - Kalamazoo, MI


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Sawyer Mark Baliff of Galesburg, MI

Sawyer, age 11, died Friday afternoon, June 9, 2017 from injuries sustained in an accident at home. Otherwise strong and healthy, he was able to donate five organs so that others may live. His parents chose the Gift of Life in order to help prevent others and their families from experiencing the anguish his family is feeling.

Sawyer, the son of Mark R. and Stephany L. (Goldner) Baliff, was born in Kalamazoo, MI on May 9, 2006. He was currently in the Fifth Grade at Ryan Intermediate School of the Gull Lake School District. Sawyer was an active KOHA hockey player and previously enjoyed three years of flag football. He was an active and competitive boy and was passionate about most sports. He had a nurturing heart and loved spending time with little ones, whether they be family, friends, or at his mother's work. His friends were a very important part of his life, as was his family. He strived to be a good role-model and leader in all aspects of life.

Sawyer is survived by his Mother and Father, Stephany and Mark; three sisters, Josie, Avery, and his twin, Elena, all at home; his maternal grandmother and special friend, Linda Hass Goldner and Dave Bryan of Kalamazoo, MI; maternal step-grandmother, Faye Goldner of Schoolcraft, MI; paternal grandfather and step-grandmother, Jerry and Marsha Baliff of Battle Creek, MI; paternal grandmother and step-grandfather, Susan and Joel Barness of Lake City, SC and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Sawyer was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Edwin Goldner.

The Memorial Service to celebrate Sawyer's life will be held on Friday, June 16th at 6:00 p.m. at gracespring Bible Church, 8643 Gull Road, Richland, MI 49083, with Pastor Rob Cook, officiating. Sawyer's family will greet friends from 3:00 p.m. until service time at the church on Friday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Sawyer's honor may be directed to the Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey Association (KOHA) – Sportship Fund: 5076 Sports Drive, Kalamazoo, MI 49009. The Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel (269-629-6022) is assisting Sawyer's family with his arrangements.