Lynn Howe Willett Sunday, November 30, 1941 - Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Lynn Willett, 75, of Zanesville went to be with the Lord on January 4, 2017 after a long struggle with Parkinson’s. He was born November 30, 1941 in Grinnell, Iowa, son of Howard and Dorothy (Howe) Willett. He was a graduate of the University of Iowa with a BA in History, Masters in Counseling, and PhD in Higher Education. Lynn served as the 4th President of MATC/Zane State for 18 years from 1986 to 2004. Prior to this he served as Vice President at Elgin Community College in Elgin, IL. He enjoyed traveling, reading, history, cross word puzzles, and watching college football and basketball (especially the Iowa Hawkeyes). Lynn is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary Kay (Matias) Willett, his three children Jason (Jennifer), Chad (Erika), and Allison (Michael). He was also very proud of his four grandchildren, Taylor and Morgan Tominc, Nathan Willett, and Scarlett Willett. Also surviving are his sister Charman (Willett) Banks and brother Lance Willett. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his daughter Lisa and brother Max Willett. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 AM Friday January 6, 2017 at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church Mattingly Settlement with Father Don Franks as celebrant. Burial will follow in Mattingly Settlement Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made to the Dr. Lynn and Mary Kay Willett Scholarship fund at Zane State College, 1555 Newark Rd. Zanesville, Ohio 43701. THE SNOUFFER FUNERAL HOME, 1150 W. MILITARY ROAD, ZANESVILLE has been entrusted to care for the Willett family. To send a note of condolence to the family, visit our website www.snoufferfuneralhome.com, like us on Facebook or contact our caring staff at 740-450-8000.

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Dr. Willett was one of my favorite bosses of all time at Elgin Community College. As the Vice President for Instruction and Educational Services, he was always looking for ways to improve our office and the college as a whole. I always appreciated when he would ask me how we might make my job easier. This was before computers and all tasks were labor intensive. He was a true visionary. You are in my thoughts and prayers. 

Lynn was a breath of fresh air at ECC during the mid-1970's. He helped several of us with an International Studies Grant and truly contributed to a new and realistic vision of the role of the Midwestern Community College. He contributed greatly to the changes in trajectory for my life and career. I am so greatful to have been inspired by his vision! All my sympathy to Mary Kay and the family.

 Mary Kay, Allison, Chad, Jason, and family- We wish we could wave a magic wand and chase your hurt away. In life Lynn touched so many lives and left so many of us better for having known him that we feel blessed to have shared this world with him.  Trust that he lives through all of you.  You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Mary Kay and family, please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of Dr. Willett.  He was a great president and I was proud to be his administrative assistant during his 18-year tenure at MATC/Zane State College.  I have fond memories of you, Jason, Chad, and Allison at the many college events that you attended over the years.

Mary Kay and family,

Just wanted you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers. I realize Lynn is in a better place where there is no more suffering, but you must face tomorrow looking for that new normal life. May God guide you safely through this time.