champion Mark Lenzidied Monday after spending two weeks in
critical condition in a Greenville, N.C. hospital. He was 43.
Lenzi, a 1986 Stafford High Schoolgraduate, won the
1992 gold medal on the 3-meter board. After a brief retirement, he
returned to win a bronze in the same event at the 1996 games in Atlanta.
Lenzi was hospitalized two weeks
ago at Vidant Medical Centerafter suffering fainting spells. His
mother, Ellie, said his blood pressure fell to 78/48.
Lenzi, a high school wrestler,
became enamored of diving after watching on television as Greg Louganis
won the 1984 Olympic title. He joined a Northern Virginia diving team and
earned a scholarship to Indiana
University, where he became a two-time NCAA champion (1989, 1990).
Mark Edward Lenzi April 09, 2012
Lenzi, 43, passed away on Monday, April 09, 2012, on the 91st birthday of his
grandmother, Marie Cochran.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 6 – 8 pm at Wilkerson Funeral
A native of Virginia, Mark and his wife, Dorothy had been residents of
Greenville since 2009. He was a graduate of Indiana University and worked as
a Dive Coach for a number of years.
As an accomplished diver, Mark participated in the Summer Olympic Games of
1992 and 1996, where he was awarded the Gold and Bronze Medals respectively
and was the last American male to medal in the 3-meter springboard. He
continued his success and love for diving in his coaching of various age
husband, brother, son and friends, Mark will be fondly remembered and greatly
Mark was preceded in death by his father William Sylvester Lenzi in 2007.
He is survived by his:
wife, of 7 years, Dorothy Jean Koncsol Lenzi;
brothers, William T. Lenzi and wife, Katherine of King George, VA, and
Luke A Lenzi and wife, Ashley of Lake Anna, VA;
sister, Lisa Ellen Iden and husband, Jack of Lake Anna, VA;
mother, Merry Ellen “Ellie” Lenzi of Fredericksburg, VA;
grandmother, Marie Cochran of Sharon, PA;
in - laws, Mike and Judy Koncsol of Twinsburg, OH.