Michael "Mike" Saylor

Michael “Mike” Saylor, 54, of Terre Haute, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in Terre Haute Regional Hospital surrounded by his family and friends. Mike was born May 11, 1960, in Terre Haute, to Arnold Saylor and Ella Marie Jeffries Saylor. Mike was a 1978 graduate of Terre Haute South Vigo High School and a 1982 graduate of Indiana State University.

Mike was the former basketball coach and physical education teacher at Terre Haute South Vigo; Saylor joined South Vigo on the coaching staff of former Coach Pat Rady in 1989, during the 1991 season, the Braves went to the Final Four. A few years later, Saylor took his coaching talents to Mexico, where he was coach of the squad at the University of Nuevo Leon in Monterrey. There Mike coached Eduardo Najera, who had a long career in the NBA. He later returned to Terre Haute and to coaching and teaching in the Vigo County School Corp. Mike was a walk-on player at Indiana State University. Known for his white hair and fun loving and giving nature, Mike had hoped to return to the school corporation this year.

Mike is survived by his wife, Pati Saylor of Terre Haute; three daughters, Victoria Saylor, Sofia Saylor and Andrea Saylor, all of Terre Haute; his parents, Arnold and Ella Marie Saylor of Terre Haute; three brothers, Gary Saylor and his wife Janet of Summerville, S.C., Dan Saylor and his wife Leslee of Newburgh, and Richard Saylor of Terre Haute; three aunts and uncles, Bill and Sharon Jeffries of Terre Haute, Walter and Martha Jeffries of Greencastle and Alan and Maria Jeffries of Rensselaer. Mike also is survived by nieces, nephews and cousins; as well as Mike’s cousin, Kara and her husband Rob Shane of Houston, who were tremendously helpful during Mike’s illness. Mike was preceded in death by an aunt, Wilma Rose; and his very close friend, Jim Bogle.

Services are Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Terre Haute South Vigo High School in the gymnasium. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time at the school. The Rev. Rusty Deckard will be officiating. Burial will be at Highland Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to The Coach Mike Saylor Fund, c/o Ellis Law, 417 Wabash Ave, Terre Haute, IN. 47807. Greiner Funeral Home, 2005 North 13th Street has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at:


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