Tinley Park IL – The Tinley Park community mourns the loss of Dan Sackett, a beloved figure and former Carl Sandburg High School educator, whose family announced his passing through a heartfelt social media publication. Sackett’s departure leaves behind a legacy cherished by many whose lives he touched through his love for music, movies, theater, and literature.
Daniel “Dan” Sackett Sr., originally from Berwyn, Illinois, and a graduate of Fenwick High School, pursued his passion for Speech and Theater at Northwestern University. His impact extended beyond academia; Sackett served as a mentor, father figure, and inspiration to numerous students and educators alike.
From 1982 to 2015, Sackett dedicated himself to Carl Sandburg High School, leaving an indelible mark on the lives of countless individuals. His involvement in the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble showcased his multifaceted talents.
Tragedy struck in 2019 when Daniel Peter Sackett, Sr., his father, passed away due to complications from a brain tumor. He leaves behind a devoted family, including his children David Miles-Sackett, Allison (Camillo) Acevedo, and Dan Miles-Sackett, and his wife Lynda “Lynn” Miles. Sackett’s familial connections extend to his siblings, Mary Ellen (Scott) Kasik, Daniel, Jr. (Lynda Miles), and Michael, with his mother, Mary, holding a special place in his heart.
John Wrzesinski posted on Facebook,
“Dan Sackett the world lost a great guy last week. Dan was the epitome of equanimity. He was kind, sincere, non-judgmental one of my best friends since 1963 1st grade at St. Leonard’s. Dan’s father was our boy scout leader and fooball coach .“Dan and I were totally opposite on our political views but our acceptance and respect for each other made that a non issue. Dan left this world a better place than he found it. Well done professor you will be missed so much. Who is going to take all my money at our poker games now?”
Beyond his educational contributions, Sackett’s influence resonated through his loving and humorous presence among friends and family. He nurtured talents, witnessed the rise of noteworthy individuals, and built a legacy within the educational realm, including interactions with notable figures like Robin Tunney, Pat Fitzgerald of Northwestern University, and Katie Rich of Saturday Night Live.
An integral part of the Sandburg community, Sackett’s dedication as head speech coach and his family’s educational background underscore his profound impact on shaping the lives of many. Details regarding Dan Sackett’s obituary and funeral arrangements will be communicated by the family in the coming days.