Jake Mauer, father of Twins legend Joe Mauer and two other sons who played pro ball, dies at 66

The father of Twins legend Joe Mauer and two other sons who made their mark in skilled baseball after years of sandlot nurturing in St. Paul started.(*66*)

Donald “Jake” Mauer Jr. died Tuesday at his retirement dwelling about an hour north of St. Paul in Braham, Minn. He was 66. Mauer’s demise was attributed to lung most cancers and Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome, affecting the physique’s nerves and muscle tissues, in response to his on-line obituary.(*66*)

Mauer and his spouse, Teresa, raised three sports-playing sons who for many years helped make the Mauer identify synonymous in St. Paul with athletic excellence and hometown devotion.(*66*)

“His household will keep in mind him as a father who by no means made excuses, and might at all times be counted on for being there, current in every and each second of their rising up,” his obituary learn. He usually coached the boys’ youth groups and afterward a St. Paul-based males’s baseball group.(*66*)

“His fatherly affect and mentorship was felt by many,” the obituary continued. “Jake instilled his values ​​in his sons in addition to the significance of being type and truthful to all.”(*66*)

Those qualities contributed to the athletic successes of sons Joe, Jake III and Billy, all whereas at Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul and persevering with as professionals. (*66*)

Joe was a three-sport all-star in highschool and constructed a profession with the Twins that would earn him Hall of Fame enshrinement. Jake was a longtime minor league participant and additionally supervisor within the Twins farm system, and Billy played within the Twins system as properly.(*66*)

Joe Mauer’s father is credited with making a baseball swing that helped the longtime Twins star win three American League batting titles and earn six All-Star berths.(*66*)

Jake Mauer constructed a tool of linked pipes that may drop a ball into the hitting zone, forcing Mauer to have a compact swing and no extra motion. The invention later grew to become often called the “Mauer Quickswing.”(*66*)

Jim O’Neill, who coached all three Mauer sons at Cretin-Derham Hall, mentioned Sunday that the Mauer boys’ father “took his children from a younger age and was type of the native coach within the neighborhood. He mobilized them into good baseball gamers and good folks.”(*66*)

O’Neill recalled that the Mauer boys and their mates “used to play in tournaments on weekends, and throughout the week it was enjoying with a Wiffle ball or with a tennis ball. They did not go to camps or something like that. They could not afford it.”(*66*)

The Mauer father was mostly known as “Big Jake,” and not just for his filled-out 6-3 body. “He had a giant snort, and he had a giant presence,” O’Neill recalled. “You knew he was there, when he was there.”(*66*)

After graduating from St. Agnes High School in St. Paul, Jake Mauer made his profession working for Awards by Hammond, maker of plaques, trophies and ribbons. In retirement, he and his spouse Teresa moved to Braham, the place they lived collectively for 15 years.(*66*)

Along together with his spouse of 45 years and their sons, Jake Mauer is survived by 10 grandchildren and Marlene Wardell, the longtime companion of his father, Donald “Jake” Mauer Sr.(*66*)

Visitation for Jake Mauer is scheduled for 4 pm to eight pm Tuesday at Mueller-Bies Funeral Home, 2130 N. Dale St., Roseville. Funeral mass is scheduled for 11 am Wednesday at St. Odilia Catholic Church, 3495 N. Victoria St., Shoreview, with a one-hour visitation previous.(*66*)

Memorials are inspired to the Catholic college of the donor’s alternative; the Catholic Athletic Association, 1079 Summit Ave., St. Paul; or the Mayo Clinic.(*66*)

Staff author Patrick Reusse contributed to this report.(*66*)

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