Thatcher Markham remembered; 12-year-old dies in flood
Thatcher Markham was a player and a referee at age 12; he was a “gifted athlete with a forever smile.”
Thatcher Markham was an energetic child who loved hockey.
Thatcher, a 12-year-old hockey player in Copper County Hockey, died as the result of a flash flood in the Houghton area on June 17.
Markham was also a referee.
A mudslide tore through the Markham family home in Stanton Township and trapped Thatcher in the basement. The basement collapsed due to flooding.
His father, Rodney, was able to dig out the boy. But Houghton County Sheriffs arriving at 4:56 a.m. found him unresponsive.
The roads were washed out, so first responders had to borrow a neighbor’s boat and took Thatcher to the Hancock City boat launch, then by ambulance to U.P. Health system-Portage Hospital. He was later airlifted to Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, the Detroit Free Press and Mining Gazette reported.
But their efforts were to no avail.
MAHA VP Officials Judy Niemi described Thatcher as a “gifted athlete with a forever smile.”
In addition to his father, he is survived by his mother, Joanne; four siblings – Drake, 11; Sawyer, 8; Grace, 4, and Penn, 10 months – and grandparents Jim and Karen Johnson of Big Traverse among a large extended family.
As of Monday morning, $103,282 has been raised for the Markham family by a GoFundMe campaign.