McLennan “Mac” Wells died peacefully at home on Friday, December 16 of natural causes.
He was born May 10, 1945 in Duluth, MN.
Mack graduated from Duluth East High School in 1963 and Carleton College in 1967. He worked at Modern Distributors from 1968-1984.
Mack has run several Grandma’s Marathons as well as over 70 marathons and other races. He has made over 800 jumps as a member of the Superior Bandits Skydiving Club. Mack worked in his grandmother’s marathon office and supervised the finish area for over 20 years. He was the trail boss for The John Beargrease Sled Dog Race for many years. He was the founding director of the NorthShore In-line Marathon, Inc. from 1996-2003, which for its third year was the second largest inline marathon in the world. In 1967 and 1968, he played goaltending for the Port Stars and later played in the United States Hockey League under renowned coach Connie Pleban. In 1987, Norwest Bank chartered Mack to Florida and the three-masted schooner “Victory Chimes” up the East Coast, via the Erie Canal and up the Great Lakes to Duluth. He was captain of his own schooner “Tamira,” a great sight for years in Duluth and on the Great Lakes. Mac was preceded in death by his parents George and Leslie (Griggs) Wells, brother Scott and sister Stephanie. He is survived by his brothers George (Maren), Christopher ‘Sandy’ (Judy), John (Kathy), Maron (Mike) Croice, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home (218) 727-3555 and you may sign the online registry book at www.dfhduluth.com.
Memorials may be sent to the Young Athletes Foundation at Grandma’s Marathon PO Box 16234 Duluth, MN 55816.