The Fostoria Intermediate Elementary School fourth grader enjoyed Science Club, fishing, dancing and riding his bike, but he was known for his sense of humor.
“He was hilarious,” Mavin’s mom, Leslie Kroetz, said. “You could be having the worst day, but no matter how mad or upset you were, he would tell a joke and give his little grin and it would just warm you.”
Leslie couldn’t resist that little grin and Mavin’s “sweet eyes” when he asked her for money for the school book fair. She gave him $10, but instead of buying something for himself, he gave the money to one of his friends who said he didn’t have books or toys at home.
Wise-beyond-his-years Mavin had a generous spirit.
“He was a very genuine person who cared so much about other people, even when he was very little,” Leslie said. “He would go out of his way for anybody and always put other people first. He had a completely different outlook than most nine-year-olds.”
When Mavin’s good behavior earned him a gift certificate to the school store, he used it to buy a movie for his sister, Mazzy.
When Mazzy was a baby, Leslie said she would squeal and snort when she was hungry, so Mavin nicknamed her Piggy.
“Mavin was 3 and Mazzy was 1, and they were eating bacon. He leaned across the table and said, ‘Do you know you’re eating your own kind?!’” Leslie said.
Mazzy, now 9 years old, remembers her brother’s sense of humor.
“He was really, really fun and funny,” Mazzy said.
Mavin’s other sister, Mylin, now 5 years old, had one thing to say about her brother.
“He had smelly feet,” Mylin said.
Leslie said Mavin was the “best big brother” to Mazzy and Mylin.
But Leslie, Mazzy and Mylin’s world stopped on November 17, 2012. Mavin was struck by a drunk driver and passed away.
Even in his death, Mavin’s generosity continued. He saved four lives through organ donation.
“To me, organ donation was the right choice. Mavin would help anyone he could in life, and he left something behind so other people could be helped,” Leslie said. “That’s so fitting because that was Mavin. He would have been all for it and wouldn’t have given it a second thought. He would be proud to know he saved four lives.”
Leslie is extremely proud of her son’s selfless act.
“I may have given Mavin life, but he was able to reach out and give life to four people,” Leslie said. “A little boy has Mavin’s heart, and every time he wakes up, he has a second chance at life. Mavin’s heart still beats today, and knowing that brings me great comfort.”
Mazzy is also proud that her brother was able to be an organ donor.
“I like it. It’s really cool,” Mazzy said.
Something else Mazzy thinks is cool is the large mural dedicated to Mavin that wraps around Fostoria Intermediate Elementary School’s office. Mavin’s love of science is showcased in the beautiful nature scene – complete with a wolf, Mavin’s favorite animal.
In his nine years, Mavin made quite an impression on those who knew him, and he continues to inspire others.
“Everything about Mavin was just awesome,” Leslie said. “He always wanted to be a super hero, and in giving the gift of life, he became one.”