Stonehill is mourning the loss of William "Blake" Marston '07, who passed away on Saturday, January 11 during a military training accident. A Navy SEAL, Marston served in the Navy for six years and completed his SEAL training in 2009. A Criminology major from New Hampshire, Marston was a three-year letterwinner for the Stonehill baseball team.
"I am saddened by the passing of Blake and my thoughts and prayers are with his entire family, most notably his parents, Nancy and William, and sister, Emily, as well as his former teammates with the baseball program here at Stonehill," said Patrick Boen '89, head baseball coach at Stonehill.
"Blake was a terrific teammate and role model for our baseball program. He was an extremely hard worker on the team and in the community. He was strong and athletic and looked forward to joining the Navy after his graduation," Boen continued.
"Blake was a player who always gave his best effort and had a tremendous work ethic. It did not surprise me that Blake joined the Navy SEALs because he was always an unselfish athlete and had his team's best interest at heart. He was a great leader and someone that we are very proud to have worn the Stonehill baseball uniform. Blake was certainly an inspiration to all of us and we are thankful for his time at Stonehill and service to our country."
U.S. Senators for New Hampshire Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte both released statements following Marston's death.
“William ‘Blake’ Marston valiantly served in the Navy for six years and over the course of his career he always demonstrated an incredible commitment to his fellow servicemembers, the state of New Hampshire and our country. I was saddened to learn of his tragic passing and my thoughts are with his loved ones and the entire Concord community," said Shaheen.
"William ‘Blake' Marston was a patriot who served our nation with honor and courage as a Navy SEAL. He died training to conduct dangerous missions that keep Americans safe. We owe our freedom and security to men like Blake. I join all New Hampshire citizens in mourning his loss and honoring his distinguished service. My heart goes out to his loved ones at this very difficult time," said Ayotte.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday, January 16, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., at the Bennett Funeral Home,209 North Main Street, Concord, NH. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated, on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at Bedford Presbyterian Church, 4 Church Rd # 2, Bedford, NH.