Jan 11, 2015 8:27 PM

NH Navy Seal dies during military parachute training


CONCORD - A New Hampshire man serving in the United States Navy died during military parachute training in DeLand, Fla., on Saturday.

William "Blake" Marston, 31, of Concord, was assigned to a Navy SEAL team on the East Coast.

Marston served in the Navy for 6 years and completed training in 2009.

Specific details on Marston's death have not yet been released, and the Navy tells NH1 News they have launched an investigation.

According to Marston's family, he was "the kind of guy you'd want your children to be around."

A statement from Marston's family calls him an accomplished athlete, starting with the Bedford Little League, soccer league and Manchester West Raiders football teams.

"One of Blake's most cherished memories was being the 3rd baseman in the 1995 Bedford Little League State Championship team," the statement reads. "He was also the captain of the 1997 New England Championship Babe Ruth team, which went on to the World Series in Albany, New York."

Marston graduated from the Derryfield School in Manchester in 2001.

Marston was a star baseball athlete in high school and college, where he played second base at Stonehill College in Massachusetts.

According to the school's website, Marston majored in Criminal Justice and Studio Arts. He graduated in 2007.

"Blake died doing what he loved most being a SEAL," Marston's family said. "His beautiful smile, loyalty, steadfast motivation and determination will forever be missed."

On Monday, Gov. Maggie Hassan released a statement on his death.

"Blake Marston represented the very best of New Hampshire's long tradition of service, dedicating himself to protecting his fellow citizens and defending the enduring concept of freedom that is our very core," Hassan said. "Tom and I join all Granite Staters in mourning, and we send our thoughts and prayers to his family and loved ones."

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