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Mark Raymond Blizzard
Date of Birth : November 18, 1954
Date of Death : January 30, 2019

Mark Raymond Blizzard, 64, passed away peacefully after fighting a long battle with cancer on January 30, 2019. He was born on November 18, 1954, in Charleston, the first son of Roy M. Blizzard Jr. and Mary Summers Blizzard. 

Mark attended John Adams Junior High School and graduated from George Washington High School in 1972. At George Washington, he was a student athlete and enjoyed being on the Football, Basketball, Wrestling, and Track and Field teams. After high school, Mark attended Marshall University and West Virginia State College where he received a Bachelor in Education Degree.

Mark had a long and dedicated career in education, having been a West Virginia public school teacher for more than 30 years. He taught elementary school in both Clay and Boone Counties. He was  a teacher and basketball coach and touched the lives of countless West Virginia youth.

Mark was a devoted and loving son, brother, uncle,  friend, and life partner. Mark was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed taking his nieces and nephews fishing and boating and sharing his love of West Virginia backcountry and wildlife. Mark knew the streams and rivers of WV like the back of his hand and always knew where the fish would be biting. Many of Mark’s happiest days were spent with his friends traveling and enjoying nature. Mark’s hunting dogs were his constant companions and everyone who knew him knows that Loretta and Sammy were two of the biggest loves of his life.

Mark is survived by his life partner, Sherri Patton; mother, Mary Summers Blizzard; brother, Stephan H. Blizzard and his children Braxton and Stephanie; brother, Roy M. Blizzard III (Max) and his children, Mary, John, Roy, and Emily; and sister, Melissa Blizzard Brown, her husband Earl Brown and their children Rowan and Lucinda. Survivors also include his half brother, Doug Blizzard and his sons Garrett, Colton, Dylan and Dakota.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 5, at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston. Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 6, at Spring Hill Cemetery, Charleston, with Minister Tony Rumburg officiating.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com.

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston has been entrusted with the arrangements.





Marlene Cheman , Posted on 02 Feb 2019
Hamburg, New York
Mark was a beautiful person from a beautiful family who will be sorely missed. An hospitable, southern gentleman who is now in a better place. My sincerest condolences to and prayers for Sherri and the family.
Beth Moore , Posted on 02 Feb 2019
, Alabama
My heart and deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Mark during this difficult time.  I know the heartbreak and pain of losing a loved one in death so I wanted to take a moment to share an encouraging scripture that gives me much hope.  1 Corinthians 15:26 \"And the last enemy, death, is to be brought to nothing.\"  When we lose someone in death our heavenly Father sees the pain we feel and he promises to very soon do away with this wicked enemy of ours once and for all.  And then he promises the most beautiful hope, to bring back to life all our dear loved ones and to reunite them with us again!  What a beautiful promise of comfort and hope and how we long for that truly special day so close at hand.
Sally Morgan Murphy , Posted on 02 Feb 2019
Columbus, Ohio
I’ve often thought that being a teacher is the closest thing to immortality. Countless students/former students will never forget Mr. Blizzard. And I will never forget Mark. Peace to you all.
Heather Johnston , Posted on 02 Feb 2019
Lake, West Virginia
I am a previous student and am so sorry for your loss. He was a good man and loved teaching. Even when my daughter attended Jeffrey Spencer he remembered me. He is sadly missed.
William Conley , Posted on 02 Feb 2019
Chester, Virginia
So sorry for the Blizzard family loss. Mark was also known as \"The Blizz\" because of the way he put his heart into competing as an athlete. His intense competitve nature was always inspiring. Prayers for your family
Robin Runyon Ray , Posted on 02 Feb 2019
Ripley , West Virginia
My Deepest Sympathy to the Family. I have Mr. Blizzard at Jeffrey Spencer Grade School he was my 6th Grade Teacher. He was one of my favorites.
Linda Jane Blizzard , Posted on 03 Feb 2019
Quichinche, Ecuador, Alabama
My sincere condolences to all the family! May you find peace and comfort in the memories of his life; his love for family, friends, and the beautiful outdoors. He may be gone in body, but his spirit and the memories will always remain with you. Always My Love, Linda
George Craddock , Posted on 04 Feb 2019
Knoxville, Tennessee
.Condolences to family
Patricia Watters Jennings & Don Jennings , Posted on 04 Feb 2019
Durbin, West Virginia
So sorry to hear about your loss. My our prayers be with you.
Paula Patrick Steindler , Posted on 05 Feb 2019
Ashland, Virginia
I\'m so very sorry to read of the passing of Mark. I recall Mark as being a very good, kind and caring person while in high school. Prayers for the family.
Sharon & David Holstein , Posted on 05 Feb 2019
Elkview , Alabama
Our deepest sympathy to the family. Hoping your memories will bring you comfort in the days ahead.
Terry Winfield , Posted on 05 Feb 2019
Mills River, North Carolina
Dear Mary and family, We are so sad to hear about the passing of your son, Mark. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Terry PEP at TC Roberson
E. Cowgill , Posted on 05 Feb 2019
EU, Alabama
Blizz, I\'m sorry we were out of touch for so long. You were always one of the good guys.. helpful, interested and funny as heck..you were a good listener too. You had some stories and I\'m smiling now thinking of you. Fly fishing for trout and smoking cigars to keep away the gnats.. you always had a good disposition even when things were uncomfortable. I\'m sorry I missed telling you this in person. You\'re a great guy, Blizz. I\'ll miss you. Fair winds.. xox
Karen Sue \"Susie\" Cabell , Posted on 06 Feb 2019
Danville, West Virginia
I was so sorry to hear of Mark\'s passing. My condolences to the family. Mark and I taught many years together at Jeffrey-Spencer Elementary in Boone County. He was always such a gentleman in a school full of female teachers. We could always go to him for help of any kind. In such a small school, we were tight-knit group. Farewell my friend!