Marc Louis Cizek
June 7, 1950 – May 5, 2021
Marc Louis Cizek was born on June 7, 1950 to Gordon and Hope Cizek in Omaha, NE. He grew up in South Omaha and attended Ashland Park Grade School where he was proud to say he was the valedictorian of his 8th grade class.
He attended Bryan High School as a member of the very first graduating class in 1968. He was a varsity letter winner in football, basketball, and track. Marc received an athletic scholarship to the University of Nebraska at Omaha, earned his degree in Criminal Justice, and participated in three sports in college: basketball, football, and track. At UNO, Marc developed his passion for track and field, and particularly the pole vault; his personal best was 15’8.25, a statistic he remembered and recited even in his final days.
Marc married Bonnie Connor in August of 1974. They had three daughters, Kelly, Sara, and Stacie, who followed in their father’s footsteps and were three-sport athletes at Millard South High School. He was very proud of their accomplishments on and off the court and especially proud that they gave him eight grandchildren.
Marc worked in construction and real estate for many years. He was honored as Real Estate Emeritus in 2020.
Marc loved playing the accordion and piano, building and flying model airplanes, playing “Link”, serving as commissioner of the fantasy football league, riding his Harley, cheering on the Creighton Bluejays, spending time on his dad’s farm in Prague, NE, coaching with the Cornhusker Flyers Track Club, traveling all over the USA with Bonnie as National Track and Field referees, and sitting on his favorite bar stool at Cappy’s/Therapy!
He was proud to serve as a USA Track & Field National Field Referee, where he oversaw events with some of the world’s greatest athletes. His primary passion was the Pole Vault. And, most of all he cherished his affiliation with the Cornhusker Flyers Track Club. Marc was instrumental in bringing the National Junior Olympic Track Meet to Omaha in 1999, 2002, and 2008.
Marc was a coach for the National Youth Track and Field Team in the Czech Republic. He was proud of his perfect 300 game as a bowler. He enjoyed watching his daughters play basketball in college and rarely missed a game from the Cyclones to the Bluejays to the Jackrabbits!
He was preceded in death by his father, Gordon, and is survived by his mother, Hope; his brother, Ron (Deb); his wife of 47 years, Bonnie; his daughters: Kelly Hanfelt (Chris), Sara Going (Scott), and Stacie Roy, (Jarred); grandkids: Reagan, Nolan, Gavin, Leo, Nash, Sloan, Landrie, and Hazel; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.
The family greatly appreciates the outpouring of support and condolences. Marc’s wish was for memorial contributions to be made to the Cornhusker Flyers Track Club to provide the opportunity for athletes from all backgrounds to travel to national track meets.
VISITATION observing CDC guidelines: Tuesday, May 11th from 5pm to 7pm at St. Gerald Catholic Church, 9602 “Q” St., with VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Wednesday, May 12th at 10am, St. Gerald Catholic Church. Interment: Calvary Cemetery. To view live broadcasts of the Vigil Service and Mass, go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button on our home page.