SPRUCE, Mich. — Oct. 4, 2018, was one of the worst days for Mark and Laurie Ames. Their son Mark passed away due to pneumonia at the age of 34. Throughout his life, Mark was a huge Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red wings fan. However, when it came to football, it was all Green Bay Packers.
“He was dedicated to the Green Bay Packers,” said Mark Ames. “No matter what his friends said, he was a Packer fan.”
On Nov. 15, 2015, nearly three years before Mark passed away, the Ames family made a trip out to Lambeau Field to see the Green Bay Packers host the Detroit Lions. Since that day, Laurie has been getting the Green Bay Packers Newsletter.
Fast forward to 2019, Laurie went on the Green Bay Packers website and applied to their Fan Hall of Fame. Thousands of Packer fans applied and the committee only took 10 nominees.
On Dec. 12, Laurie got an email saying that her son was one of the ten finalists.
- Dr. Gordon Dammann – Lena, Ill.
- Jeff Gasser – Coleman, Wis.
- Kari Bernier – Dyersburg, Tenn.
- Kathy Fermanich – New London, Wis.
- Leo DeGroot – West Bend, Wis.
- Carole Gutowski – Green Bay, Wis.
- Bob Pinzl – Waukesha, Wis.
- Mark Ames – Spruce, Mich.
- Bill Hughes – Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
- Roger Cassem – Midlothian, Va.
“I wrote the letter to let them know what they meant for my son,” said Laurie Ames. “I really didn’t think they would consider our letter for nomination.”
Below is a link where you can vote for the Green Bay Packers Fan Hall of Fame. Voting closes on Feb. 1. The winner will be announced on Feb. 17.