LSSU campus remembers student killed in crash


SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (WJMN) — The Lake Superior State University campus is mourning the loss of a student.

Parker Dagenais passed away at the scene of a car crash that is said to have been caused by hazardous conditions on I-75.

It happened on October 13. Dagenais was a junior Kinesiology student from Fenton.

He was interested in sports and fitness management. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, October 18, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Fenton.

“Our hearts go out to the members of Parker’s family and friends,” said LSSU President, Dr. Rodney Hanley. “As our campus community mourns this great loss, I ask all who knew him to remember your time and experiences with him, and rely on each other for support in this moment of grief.”

Below is more information directly from a press release issued by Lake Superior State University

Parker was a student assistant coach for women’s basketball, and well-known around campus for his contagious energy and deep friendships. The LSSU community extends our heartfelt sympathies to the friends and family members of Parker during this very difficult time.

“Parker was a true blessing to our program and my life. He brought a joyful heart with him every day and his positive attitude was contagious,” said Women’s Basketball Head Coach, Brandon Lokken. “Parker loved our basketball program and we all loved him. We were so grateful to have him as a student assistant coach. We will miss him dearly.”

At the behest of Parker’s parents, Paul and Susan Dagenais, Lake Superior State University Laker Club, will be accepting contributions in Parker’s name to help high achieving students like him inside and outside of the classroom.

Friends of Parker, or any LSSU student, faculty, staff, or community member who needs someone to talk to, are encouraged to contact LSSU Counseling Services, 906-635-2752, Campus Public Safety, 906-635-2210, or Hiawatha Behavioral Health’s 24-hour Crisis Intervention Services, 800-839-9443.

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