Long-Time F.C. Resident Mark Blodgett Dies of Stroke at Age 58

Long-time City of Falls Church resident Mark Blodgett, owner and operator of F.C.’s Blodgett Construction and a popular little league coach, died today following complications from a stroke. He was 58. A resident of Falls Church since 1984, Blodgett grew up in Chicago and Florida.

After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1971 and was honorably discharged in 1974 (rank of E-4). He served with NATO forces in Worms, Germany from 1972-74, where he met his future wife, Sybil. They were married in 1975 and were married for 36 years.

Moving to this region in 1974, he attended the Northern Virginia Community College, receiving an Associate of Arts degree in architectural drafting and design in 1977. He worked for architectural design firms in Northern Virginia before starting his own business in 1985.

Blodgett Construction is a small design and build firm doing custom additions and remodels. It had a loyal following of customers who typically did repeat business over its 25 years in business. It was no unusual for Blodgett Construction to do three or four projects with the same family over time. The distinctive burgundy Blodgett Construction van could be seen around Falls Church for 25 years.

Blodgett loved to play golf and was a huge Capitals, Redskins and Nationals fan, and loved to camp and attend live music concerts.

He is survived by his wife Sybil and three children, all graduates of Falls Church’s George Mason High School: Paul M. Blodgett, USN, now stationed out of Groton, Conn., Laura D. Finkenbinder of Austin, Texas and Derek N. Blodgett of Falls Church, and three grandchildren. He is also survived by his mother Helen Markam of McLean, Va., and one sister. A private ceremony is pending.