Mark Andrew Nordblom, 62, of Allegan, MI (formerly of W. Roxbury, MA), passed away June 9, 2022, at his home, surrounded by his wife and family after a yearlong battle with health issues and cancer. He was born February 26, 1960, to Robert and Carol Nordblom in Norwood, MA.
He graduated in 1978 from West Roxbury High. In September of 2000, he married the love of his life, DiAnna Nordblom, whom he met via the internet in 1998 and moved across the country to make a life together. They raised three beautiful daughters that he was so proud of. He adored his grandchildren.
He loved being a part of Grand Rapids Community College, where he had worked since Dec. 6, 1999, moving up through the ranks from help desk, to technician, to finally enterprise analyst as the “Blackboard Guy.” He was hired originally as a contractor for three days of phone support in August of 1999! He loved his GRCC family and was proud to be a Raider! He also did private computer repair for folks, which resulted in many more friendships.
How do you memorialize someone who seemed larger than life? He was one of many talents and hobbies! If something needed fixing, he wouldn’t call someone else. He would figure out how to fix it himself! He was always thinking of ways to make things easier for people. He always had a story to tell and would take the time to listen to anyone who needed an ear.
Before jumping into computers, he was a 3rd generation cabinet maker. He could work magic with wood! It was in his blood and even though it was no longer his “day job,” he still loved building “Markitekture,” as a friend called his work.
Music was deeply ingrained in him; he loved all types of music and was often found with his AirPods in listening to whatever matched his mood at the time. He loved his guitars, even though he had not played in awhile. When he gave up smoking in 2009, he got a Harley and would ride at every opportunity. He loved people in general, and would go out of his way to help anyone in need. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Mark is survived by his wife, DiAnna; loving children Cami (Andrew) Marvin, Brittani (Chasin) Jelks, and Karmind (Jason) Maddox; grandchildren Connor Nordblom, Hayley Jelks, and Randal Patton; mother, Carol (Leslie Wish) Nordblom; father-in-law Donald (Linda) Chaffee and mother-in-law Susan (Ray) Shingledecker; a brother and many brothers- and sisters-in-law; cousins Gye (Jill) Kohlhafer, Bradley (Hilda) Kohlhafer; and nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Nordblom; grandparents, Albert and HazelJean Nordblom, as well as Carl J. and Orma Lundberg; aunt Hilda Johnston; and uncles Robert Lundberg and the Rev. Carl E. Lundberg; brothers-in-law Gerald (Jerry) Chaffee and Roger Shingledecker.
There will be a Celebration of Life to honor Mark on July 16, 2022, starting at 2 p.m. at the Monterey Community Center, 2999 30th St. in Allegan.