CHAMPAIGN – Adam Patrick Jenkins, beloved husband, father, brother and son, died at 1:40 p.m. Monday (Feb. 20, 2017) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, after a wickedly long illness caused by a disease that is often misunderstood, seldom forgiven and never forgiving.
Born in Urbana on May 19, 1973, Adam was the son of Stuart and Patricia Grubb Jenkins and is survived by Amy; his two children, Caitlin Beth and Samuel Patrick of Champaign; his brother, David, of Traverse City, Mich.; and his father, also of Champaign.
He was preceded in death by his mother on March 3, 2013, and by twin daughters at birth on Feb. 21, 2000.
He is also survived by his Grubb, Koch and Jenkins aunts, uncles and cousins.
Voted Best-Looking Male Student by the 1991 Centennial High School seniors, it was kismet that he would marry the one voted Biggest Senior Class Flirt, and so it was that Adam married Amy Marie Dyson on April 17, 1993, at the Garden Hills Baptist Church in Champaign by the Rev. Harold Roberts.
After high school graduation in 1991, where he received the Most Valuable Player award in soccer both his junior and senior years and set a school scoring record held until it was broken by Trey Bradbury, Adam attended the University of Evansville for two years, playing soccer for the Purple Aces, and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1996 with a major in psychology. He was the owner/operator of Strictly Neat Lawn Care and Snow Removal. He and Amy were also owners of Soccer Country.
Adam's love of sports, most notably soccer, began at the age of 5 when he became one of the charter members of Little Illini Soccer Club (now Illinois FC). His involvement with soccer and his love and knowledge of sports both as a participant and as a coach continued throughout his life.
His first coaching assignment was at Mahomet-Seymour High School, where he coached the boys' and the girls' soccer teams in 1996-97. After Mahomet, he coached Champaign Central High School girls' soccer from 1997-2003. He received the Coach of the Year Award from the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association in 2001, took the Central girls to state in 2002, and in 2003 his girls were Big 12 champs.
Adam coached Central boys' soccer from 1997-2000. He was the Parkland Community College assistant women's coach in 2004 for one year and again in 2009-11. He served as head women's coach at Parkland from 2005-08 and was the Midwest Athletic Conference coach of the year in 2005. Additionally, he spent several years coaching for Little Illini Soccer Club.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at First Christian Church, 3601 S. Staley Road, Champaign. A memorial service will be held the following day at 1 p.m., also at First Christian Church. Private inurnment at Mount Hope Cemetery will be held at a later date.
As Adam's death approached, he spoke of what arrangements he wanted, including memorial gifts. "No flowers," he said. "They'll just die." Instead, he wanted something to benefit his children or "something that made a difference."
Because of Adam's intense interest in homelessness, the family suggests donations to the Phoenix Center, 34 E. Green St., Champaign; and because of Adam's concern for his children, the family has established an educational fund for Caitlin and Samuel at Central Illinois Bank, 302 W. Springfield Ave., Champaign, IL 61820.
Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy, is handling the arrangements (www.morganmemorialhome.com).