Nov. 21, 2012
Last week was a very special time for the Call family. Every year on Nov. 14, the family gathers at the MU Memorial Fountain to remember.
"As a kid, I can remember making the trip over to campus for the ceremony with my mother (former Herd cheerleader Lucianne Kautz Call) and father and it is so special for me now to continue the tradition with my own family," Jarrod said. "I went to the ceremonies when I could because of school, but since I turned 18 and enrolled at Marshall, I have never missed one."
Jarrod Call is the grandson of the late Charles E. Kautz, who was the Director of Athletics at Marshall University in 1970. He died that Nov. 14 with 74 other sons and daughters of Marshall in the football team plane crash.
"My grandfather was the definition of 'Mr. Marshall,'" Call said. "He played football for the Herd and went on to coach every sport, either as the head coach or an assistant, except for tennis, golf, and wrestling. Then he became the AD."
Jarrod is a 2002 MU graduate, with a B.B.A in marketing. He recently accepted a job with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network as a financial representative in Barboursville. His wife, Mara, is a 2003 graduate of West Liberty University, with a D.D.S. in dental hygiene, and currently works at Dr. James T. Hall D.D.S.
The Calls, who live in Huntington, have two children, Brady, 4, and Ansley, 1.
Jarrod and Mara continue to carry on the legacy of his grandfather through their undying passion for Marshall and their unwavering support of the university. The Calls are actively involved in supporting the Big Green and the ongoing Vision Campaign.
Favorite Marshall Moment:
The Akron football game in 2002 when Byron Leftwich was carried down the field. That moment showed the resilience of Marshall University.
Favorite Marshall Athlete:
Why we give to the Big Green:
My grandfather, even though I was never able to meet him. All the wonderful things I have heard over the years from the Marshall family have truly made him my hero. He embodies what being a true son of Marshall was all about.
Marshall has always been a part of our lives and we have a strong passion for this university. Marshall provided me with a wonderful opportunity, and we want to help provide the same opportunity to current student-athletes.
Win or lose, we can never lose the focus that we need to provide student-athletes with the best education and facilities for future success at Marshall University.