Marcus Caldwell Jr. remembered for ‘infectious smile,’ love of basketball


Caldwell graduated from Horlick in 2018. A three-year varsity player, Caldwell touched Treutelaar’s family as well, forming bonds with his wife and children.

“He would pick up my kids and give my wife a hug. That was one thing Marcus was really good at,” Treutelaar said. “He knew the art of the hug. He would have his arm around me whether I liked it or not.”

Imagine Treutelaar’s grief when he heard one of his favorite players died over the weekend.

“It’s just really sad when you think about a life cut way to short because he really was a neat character,” Treutelaar said.

‘He brought that sunshine to practice’

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Treutelaar described Caldwell as “a very successful basketball player and quite the competitor.” Caldwell made first team All-Southeast Conference and second team All-Racine County, and played in the 2018 Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game.

“He was quite a contributor for three years and he was very talented,” Treutelaar said.

Caldwell was a three-year varsity letter winner, and stayed on track academically, Treutelaar said: “Basketball helped keep him in line.”

Caldwell kept practices fun and was a positive young man who had fun every time he stepped onto the hardwood, Treutelaar said. He treated everyone the same, regardless of skill level or playing time, and liked to mess around, sometimes goofing off a little too much; he would light up a room and loved everybody, Treutelaar said.

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