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.
Went to high school with Marc and played football and basketball with him. Nothing but great memories of him. Sorry for your loss.
Bill and I want to send you our deepest condolences. He was a good man will be missed. We pray that God will heal your hearts. So sorry for your loss.
Sally and I would like to send our deepest condolences. We hold in our hearts the memories with Mark and Bonnie and the girls at all the track meets across the Nation.
Marc will truly be missed. As a fellow track official I met Marc at A Youth National Meet several years ago. Alwsy looked forward see him each summer at USATF youth track meets. My condolences to the Cizek family. PVP
Aileen and I as well as her parents want to send you our deepest condolences. We were shocked and saddened to hear the news of his passing. So sorry for your loss.
Glenda And I send prayers and deepest condolences to all
We are so sorry to hear of Marc’s passing. Please know our prayers are with during this sad time.
My deepest condolences, Bonnie, to you and your family.
Dear Kelly & Chris and rest of Cizek family: We are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. What a touching obituary and celebration of Marc’s life.
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Marc.
I also attended Ashland Park in the same class.
Marc had a full life of family & activities and those
memories will help you smile.
Eileen Schnase Thornburg
My sincere sympathy to your family in the loss of Marc-ie he undoubtedly brought lots of humor to everyone’s lives. He always had a joke when I walked in the door and it always made visiting the Cizek home a fun and welcoming place. I know he was incredibly proud of his family and it showed in what a strong advocate he was for all of you to succeed. You made him so proud and you are his greatest legacy. I love you all and you will remain in my prayers.
John and I are so sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers!
Prayers for you and yours.
Oh Bonnie, girls and family…
Mary and I are so, so saddened to hear of Marc’s passing. Our hearts ache with each and every one of you, but our hearts also are filled with the fond memory of Marc’s boundless zest for life. We always enjoyed our time together. He truly made a difference in so many lives, and we will always remember Marc with our heartfelt love and a smile… a BIG smile.
Sending warm, loving hugs.
The Jurgens family