Obituary of Greg Sapp
Greg Sapp, 57, died on September 19, 2020, in his home in DeLand, Florida. A small family service will be held this Friday, September 25, followed by a graveside service at noon at Oakdale Cemetery. The graveside service is open to anyone who wishes to attend.
Dr. Sapp was born on March 15, 1963, and adopted by Orpha and Leonard Sapp. He received an AA from the University of Florida, and graduated from Stetson University with a BA in Religious Studies in 1988. He went on to earn his Master of Divinity from Princeton University, and Ph.D from the University of Virginia.
Dr. Sapp taught at West Virginia University and Mercer University before returning to his alma mater. The family moved back to DeLand in 2006, when Dr. Sapp accepted a position as the Hal S. Marchman Chair of Civic and Social Responsibility at Stetson University.
For over a decade, Dr. Sapp helped teach the Freedom Riders summer travel course, which took students from DeLand and the Stetson College of Law through the Deep South. The course retraced the footsteps of those protesting bus segregation in the 1960s.
During his time at Stetson, Dr. Sapp also served as the faculty advisor to the Bonner Program and as a member on the alumni board. After a tornado hit the area in 2007, he founded the Stetson Ready Team to help with response and clean-up. As a professor and mentor, he touched the lives of countless college students and colleagues.
Dr. Sapp cared deeply about community engagement and civic involvement. He was passionate about the Civil Rights Movement, and loved sharing his knowledge and experiences. He believed firmly that everyone should be free to express who they are.
He was an avid reader, with a particular passion for the Harry Potter series. He was a big sports fan, and loved cheering on the Florida Gators and Atlanta Braves. He usually held season ticket packages for the Daytona Tortugas, who played at Jackie Robinson Stadium -- in his words, the “best view in baseball.” He valued spending time with family, friends and colleagues.
He is survived by his three children, Kylee, Noah and India, their mother Lynn, his brothers Bruce and Steve Sapp, and sister Pam Shaw. He is preceded in death by his parents, Orpha and Leonard Sapp.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his memory to the Community Education Project or the Spring Hill Community, both through Stetson University.
When making a gift to Stetson University, please specify which fund you would like to benefit and that your gift is made in memory of Dr. Sapp.
To give online, please go to: https://www.stetson.edu/administration/development/give.php.
To mail your contribution, make the check payable to Stetson University, and mail it to Stetson University, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., Unit 8286, DeLand, FL 32723.