In Loving Memory
October 3, 1952 - May 6, 2022
Michael Vann Saltz, born on October 3, 1952, entered Heaven on Friday, May 6, 2022, at the age of 69. He was born at the Jordan Clinic in Fairhope, AL to Nell Ray Saltz and Ross Saltz. When Brookley Field closed, the family moved to Warner Robbins, Georgia, where Vann went to high school. He graduated from Georgia Southern University and worked with the Atlanta Parks and Recreation Dept. before moving back home to Fairhope to open his store, Eastern Shore Sporting Goods, which he owned and operated for thirty-two years. Vann had a servant’s heart and spent his adult life giving of himself. He served on the City of Fairhope Recreation Board for many years. He was President of the PTA of each school his sons attended and he coached them in every city league sport. He was devoted to the Lord and his church and served in many capacities, including chairman of the deacons, pastor search committees, Sunday School class director and cooked for every event imaginable, including football/baseball concession stands, drawdowns, church fundraiser and banquets. Vann also worked with Dixie Youth Baseball for decades, beginning at the local level while coaching his sons and then served as National Director, but his major focus was his family. He is predeceased by his parents, brother, Leon Saltz, sister-in-law, Carol Saltz, and his mother-in-law, Gay Grant. Surviving is his wife, Brenda Grant Saltz; his sons, Grant (Amber) Saltz, Jared (Haley) Saltz; his three grandchildren, Grady, Daly, and Forbes Saltz; his father-in-law, Wesley Grant; as well as many nieces, nephews, in-laws, and cousins, all of whom he loved very much. Vann wanted every occasion to be special and always took special care to choose great presents and he loved to cook excellent food. He did more in his sixty-nine years than most of us do in a hundred. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 10, 2021 at First Fairhope, 300 S, Section Street, in Fairhope. The family will receive friends for a time of visitation from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Monday evening May 9, at the church. Services will be livestreamed at: http://YouTube.com/c/firstfairhope. Officiating will be Dr. Jerry Henry and Dr. Eric Hankins. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to First Fairhope, 300 S. Section Street, Fairhope, AL 36532. Expressions of condolence may be offered at www.hughesfh.com. Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, Alabama.
It was a pleasure and a real blessing to know Vann. He was kind and filled with compassion for others. We had many opportunities to interact through the Dixie program. Vann was a true servant and his many outstanding qualities were to be admired. He was a leader by example. My sincere thoughts and continued prayers for the family.
Vann was such an amazing role model to all. May many wonderful memories sustain you! My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jo Anne Keller
Brenda, Grant, Jared and family, we are so saddened to hear this. Vann was such a wonderful person and always enjoyed having him and Nell and Ross as our backdoor neighbors in our business. May God be with you all at this time. So hard to believe all these great ones are gone.
Vann was truly a great guy with a big heart. the last time i saw him i headed up the umpires for him in mobile and we spent the week together– i will allways remember that.Rest easy Vann I MISS YOU!
Condolences from the Harry Saltz family in Oklahoma. We are so very sorry to hear this sad news.