Maurice Carl Modesitt, 76, of Brazil, passed away at home, on Aug. 4, 2013, following a lengthy battle with cancer. Mauri was born Nov. 16, 1936, in Terre Haute, the son of Carl and Pauline (Lee) Modesitt. He graduated from Cory High School with the class of 1954. He later received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Elementary Education from Indiana State University, as well as his Principal’s Certificate. Mauri served his country in the U.S. Air Force and the Air National Guard. Mauri was employed for 34 years by Clay Community Schools, where he served for 28 years as Principal of Meridian Elementary.
Mauri was a member of the Brazil First United Methodist Church, served as past master of Masonic Lodge Centennial 541 and has been a member for more than 50 years. He also was a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Terre Haute, Brazil Elks Lodge 264, Indiana State Varsity and I-Men’s clubs, life member of the Indiana State Alumni Association, current member of the I.S.U. School of Education Congress, past member and President of the I.S.U. Alumni Council, past Interim Director of the I.S.U. Alumni Association, a member of the National Education Association, Indiana State Teachers Association and the Clay County Retired Teachers Association.
In 2010 Mauri was honored to receive the First John C. Newton “Spirit of I.S.U.” award.
While wintering in Florida, he was a member of the Cross Creek Country Club, volunteered for Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau of Fort Myers and worked for the Minnesota Twins Baseball Spring Training Ticket Office for 18 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Pauline Modesitt; and a nephew, Drew Walker.
Mauri is survived by his wife of 52 years, Janice (Hart) Modesitt; three daughters, Michelle (Steve) Bell, Marci (Troy) Hagan, all of Brazil, and Marla Modesitt of Irvine, Calif.; grandchildren, Carlee Bell, Konnor Cheek and Sophia Modesitt; a sister, Janet (Bill) Walker of Scottsdale, Ariz.; niece, Jill Walker and a great-niece Ali Guth, both of California.
Services for Mauri will be at the Brazil First United Methodist Church, on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Steve Loft and John Newton officiating. Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery, in Brazil. Visitation will be at the church Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m., and again Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of services. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, 225 E. Kruzan St. Brazil, IN 47834; Brazil First United Methodist Church, 201 N. Meridian St., Brazil, IN 47834; or The Mauri and Janice Modesitt Education Administration Endowed Scholarship, 30 N. 5th St., Terre Haute, IN 47809. French Funeral Home has been entrusted with his care. To light a candle in his memory, visit: