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.