By Amy McKeever
Stonehill is in mourning after U.S. Navy SEAL William “Blake” Marston, who graduated in 2007, died in a training accident on Saturday.
Marston, 31, of Concord, New Hampshire, died in a military parachute exercise in DeLand, Florida on Saturday morning.
He played on the Stonehill baseball team for three years, most commonly at second base and majored in criminal justice.
Stonehill’s current men’s baseball coach Patrick Boen coached Marston.
“He was a dedicated students athlete, very hardworking, great work ethic and a good teammate,” Boen said.
Marston was never afraid to step up where necessary, such as when, in his senior year, the team needed a pitcher. He was first to volunteer.
“He wasn’t the star of the team but he showed up and worked harder than everyone else,” Boen said.
Christian Baglini, a senior on the Stonehill baseball team, never met Marston, but was saddened by the loss.
“He was young I know that… It really hits home,” Baglini said.
Petty Officer Marston served in the military for six years.
“Over the course of his career he always demonstrated an incredible commitment to his fellow servicemembers, the state of New Hampshire and our country,” New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen said in a prepared statement.
Witnesses say they saw something fly off Marston’s parachute during the exercise. He was later found on the ground unconscious with a broken leg and was then taken to the hospital and pronounced dead.
Marston’s interests other than baseball and serving our country included working out and art.
The funeral was held at the Bedford Presbyterian Church in Bedford NH Saturday, Jan. 17. Visiting hours were Friday, Jan. 16, at the Bennett Funeral Home.