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May 03, 2013
I loved Jeff, and I miss him terribly and think about him everyday. I was so proud to have him as my dear friend. So many great times, laughs and fun. He was the best.
God rest his beautiful soul in paradise.
February 15, 2013
I was two years ahead of Jeff at Springfield. I was a manager of the football team and also worked on the newspaper, "The Student". He made my A-B-C List of Springfield Immortals...
B is for Blatnick
of football and mat fame
It matters not the sport
Jeff's great just the same.

He was amazing and will be missed. His life, though far too short, made a difference. He left a mark and it doesn't get any better than that.
January 16, 2013
also you are with olympic filmmaker Bud Greenspan so he can do one from heaven about you RIP Jeff
January 16, 2013
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December 29, 2012
I lived directly across the hall from Jeff my freshman year at Springfield College. Jeff was a senior, stater on the football team and a NCAA National Champion. I was a nobody scared freshman. My first day in the dorm jeff ran up to me from behind, flipped me over, drove my face into the floor and pinned me. He said: "Hi my name is Jeff, welcome to the wrestlers dorm, if you ever need anything or if anyone ever bothers you, tell them your a friend of Jeff Blatnick!" Jeff was so good to me, He was the sweetest guy. I lived with him for a year and got to know him well. I was always so proud to have know him. My parents couldn't afford to pay for college so I left Springfield after that year but never forgot Jeff. He taught me never ever to quit so I kept going until I got my doctorate degree. I'll never forget Jeff. He really was a very, very special guy and showed me that it was OK to be tough and kind at the same time and boy was he tough! No one ever messed with him and he looked out for me my freshman year! I loved the guy, what can I say! God bless him for I know that he's in heaven.
Tom Cornacchio/Ipswich, MA
December 22, 2012
Now your first holiday season in heaven you are with Minne Riperton Teena Marie Barry White Rick James James Brown the God Father of Soul Michael Jackson Luther Vandeross Steve Sabol Jack Flemming Myron Cope Ernie Ladd Merlin Olsen Hank Stram Jack Buck Payne Stewart Pete Rozelle George Halas Art Modell Art Rooney SR Jack Kent Cooke Fran Crippen Lamar Hunt Leon Hess Hugh Culverhouse Joe Robbie Tom Landry Fred Rodgers Johnny Carson Ed Mcmanon Robert Marella Joey Marella Harry Carey Skip Carey Robert Urich John Ritter Don Knotts Norman Fell Stu Hart Helen Hart Owen Hart Adrian Adonis Dick Murdoch Classsy Freddie Blassie Captain Louis Albano Lord Alford Hayes Jim Varney Gerry Rafferty Gene Wood Mark Goodson Richard Dawson Johnny Olsen Rod Roddy Bill Rafferty Bert Convy Joe Frazier Wellington Mara Robert Tisch George Young who Drafted Phil Simms Lawrence Taylor Carl Banks Who hired Ray Perkins Bill Parcells Ray Handley Dan Reeves Jim Fassel Richard Quick Webb Eubank Herb Brooks Fred Silva SR Gene Barth Pat Haggerty Bob Frederic Cal Lepore Stan Javie Ray Douglas Al Conway Dave Hamiliton Donne Hampton Don Wedge Burl Toler Frank Sinkwicz Pat Harder Bob Rice Bob Banfield Miguel Alcnso Joesph N Feinstein Don Corninous Dick Clark Donna Summer Steve Jobs Al Davis Bill Walsh Curt Gowdy Jim MCKay Chris Schankel Bill Flemming Roone Arledge Chuck Howard Larry Kalm Frank Reynolds Peter Jennings Max Robinson John Facenda Vince Lombardi Walter Payton Mr Sweetness Reggie White the Minister of Defense Florence Griffin Joyner Sam Mills Sammy Baugh Harry Kalas Alex Karras Bill Cullan Charlie O Donnell Jack Clark Jack Elway Dan Marino SR Howard Cosell Don Meredith Mr Turn out the lights the party's over Issac Hayes Tim Russert Jules Bergman Victor K Copps Avery Brundage Lord Killan Juan Antionio Samaranch Murry Rose Victor Davis Vasily Alexeev Robert James Coage George Washington Abraham Lincoln Dr Martin Luther King JR Gerald R.Ford And His wife Betty Ronald Wilson Reagan Farrah Fawsett Grete Waltz Davey Boy Smith Leonard Tose Jack Kemp Edwin Starr Jenni Rivera 26 people killed at Sandy Hook Elem School in Conn 6 people killed in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center in New York City New York and 3000 people killed on 9-11-01 The Hero's of United Airlines Flight 93 Todd M Beamer Mark K Bingham Thomas E Burnett Jeremy L Glick 343 FDNY Mychal F Judge Ray Downey SR Pete Ganci JR William M.Feenan Terrance S. Hatton Peter Alexander Bieifeld Donald J Burns William F Burke JR Dennis Cross Dennis M.Carey SR Kenneth Joesph Marino David J.Fontana Thomas J.Foley Dennis Mojica Orio Joesph Palmer Ronald Bucca Gregg A Atlas Ricardo J.Quinn Timothy M. Stackpole Joseph Angelini SR. Joseph Angelini JR. 37 PAPD George G.Howard Clinton Davis SR. Kathy N.Mazza Paul Lasczynski Gregg J.Froehner Ururu G. Houston 23 NYPD John G.Coughlin Michael D.D Auria Claude Daniel Richards Moira Ann Smith First Responders Francis Albert De Martini Clyde Frazier JR. American Airlines Flight 11Captain John A.Ogonowski Christopher D.Mello Linda M George Edmund Glazer Daniel M.Lewin Daniel John Lee United Airlines Flight 175 Captain Victor J. Saracini Amy R King and her boyfriend Michael C.Tarrou Amy Nicole Jarret Alicia Nicole Titus Kathryn L.Laborie Marianne Macfarlane Lynn Catherine Goodchils Shawn M.Nassaney Lisa Anne Frost of Rancho Santa Margerita California Ana Gloria Pocasangre Debarrera American Airlines Flight 77 Captain Charles F.Burlingame III Barbara K.Olsen United Airlines Flight 93 Captain Jason M. Dahi Leroy W.Homer Cee Cee Lyles Christine Ann Snyder Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas Nicole Carol Miller Pentagon Johnnie Doctor JR Robert A.Schiegel World Trade Center Tower No 1 North Tower Andrew Anthony Abate Vincent Paul Abate Lee Alan Adler Donald LAroy Adams Shannon Lewis Adams Joanne Marie Ahladiotis Gary Eugene Bird of Tempe Arizona Patricia Malia Colonder Patricia Ann Cimaroli Masssari Lisa Erin Eagan Samantha Eagan
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December 22, 2012
Also you are also with Fred Rogers Mr its a beautiful day in the neighborhood Jack Flemming Myron Cope
November 28, 2012
Coach Blatnick was a great teacher and coach. He watched my brothers and I grow up and develop into fine wrestlers and people and we thank him for it. Our best wished go out to his family.

-Zovistoski Brothers (Schenectady, New York)
November 13, 2012
Hi Lori this is Jim Breault I am very sorry for your loss best wishes to you and your family Jeff will be very missed
November 03, 2012
I did not know Jeff personally, I did however, get the pleasure of hearing him speak at my childrens school a couple of years ago. He was a wonderful speaker, he really got the kids involved & I think the kids (most of whom had no idea who he was) really enjoyed hearing him. My deepesy sympathies go out to his family & friends. May he rest in peace.
November 01, 2012
We all loved you Jeff. Your family will be in my prayers. You gave so much! Will miss you. I know you are in the Lord's hands.
October 31, 2012
Thank You Jeff for helping out my son with his wrestling as well as the thousands of others you volunteered your time for. You were a very special person and had a very special gift you gave to everyone. You ll be sorely missed forever. May god bless and give strength and courage to the Blatnick family and friends. Rest in peace champ.. Paul Lyman Selkirk NY
October 31, 2012
Springfield College 1979 classmate, friend, and hero. You'll be sadly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
October 31, 2012
I went to Springfield College with Jeff back in the day. He was actually in my "Self Defense" class, and once he had to maneuver me to the floor. He did it with two fingers and extremely gently. He was such a nice guy, a gentle giant. His loss is a terrible one, but he will be remembered by so many. My sincere condolences.
October 30, 2012
Lori, Niki and Ian,
As a husband and father I know he will be greatly missed. He will also be missed by many people in the community. He gave so much encouragement to our young athletes to "pursue their dreams." Love and prayers, Grandma B.
October 29, 2012
Sincere condolences to family and loved ones. May the God of all comfort be with you.
October 29, 2012
Although we didn't know Jeff personally, he made us feel like we did. Our deepest sympathies to the family he left behind. You now have an angel watching over you.
October 29, 2012
I knew Jeff during his time at North Dakota State around 1980. We played gym rat basketball together 2-3 times a week for at least a year. You can only imagine how astonished I was when I saw my basketball buddy wrestling on ABC's "USA vs The World!" Despite his strength and talent, above all Jeff was humble and decent. I was so happy for his success and am greatly saddened by his passing. Heartfelt condolences to his family and many friends.
October 29, 2012
I was saddened to hear of the loss of Jeff. I got to know him when he lived in Woburn. He was truly a good and humble man. I have offered 3 Masses for his soul and for your family.
Eternal Rest Jeff.
Msgr. John McLaughlin/B.U.
October 29, 2012
Lori, Niki and Ian;
Our hearts break for you, our thoughts are with you, our prayers are offered up for you. Nothing we can say will ever be enough but know that you are thought of with love and sympathy.
The Fosters (Jean, Colin and family)
October 28, 2012
Dear,firend sorry on your lost. He will be missed. He's in gods hands. Now.
October 28, 2012
Shortly after his Olympic win,I ran into Jeff at a car wash. I told him that I worked with Deaf kids,and asked for an autographed picture,which he sent to me a few days later.
I seem to remember him coming to speak to them as well.
For so many people to send condolences and memories speaks volumes as to the kind of person he was.
Thank you to the family for sharing him,and deepest sympathies to you as well.
October 28, 2012
As we continually hear about the use of steroids and HGH in today's athletes, Jeff was truly not only an American icon in the sport of wrestling but a real inspiration to the youth of today. His courageous battles with cancer as well an inspiration to us all. He will truly be missed. May God's love be of comfort to you at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
October 28, 2012
I will always have fond memories of growing up with Jeff in the old neighborhood and playing thebackyard football games it was amazing to see how many lives he touched and the inspiration he gave to so many people, I am proud to say I knew him and miss him dearly
October 27, 2012
To the Blatnick Family: We are very sorry about Jeffs passing and our love and prayers are with you. Jeff, may God Bless and welcome you home. You will be very much missed hear and people like you are very rare to come by. You will always be a Gold Medalist in our hearts!! Now we have one happy dude with angels wings!!
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October 27, 2012
The passing of your husband and father, was mentioned in our Tacoma WA. newspaper. I remember how my Dad thought so highly of Jeff and his courage and talent. I know Dad always enjoyed the charity golf tournaments! I never met Jeff, but wanted to convey condolences on behalf of the Tupper family.
October 27, 2012
You were a true inspiration to all the lives that you touched. gone but never forgotten. RIP Jeff

Coach Rock
October 27, 2012
To the Blatnick family, I met Jeff back in the late 1980's and what I came away with was a man of true grace and kindness. That is what he was in life. He was a good soul always thinking of the other person. Thank you for sharing Jeff with us all. I pray you find peace in knowing what a wonderful man he was. my condolences and prayers for all of you at this very hard time.
October 27, 2012
Lori and Family,

So very sorry for the loss of Jeff. I didn't know him because of wrestling, but he always had a kind word and a smile for everyone I saw him with. His happiness ,I'm sure, was multiplied after his marrying and raising a family. May you all find peace and happiness in knowing how many people he touched in such a very positive way. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
October 27, 2012
I was shocked and saddened when I heard the news on espn radio. I'm a graduate NHS class of '84. I met Jeff at Mike's diner years ago, he would visit our mutual friend Pete who worked the griddle. We engaged in some spirited football talk. I would occassionally run into Jeff and he was always warm and friendly and willing to spend some time just chatting. What a humble gentlemen I remarked. He will be sorely missed by all. He touched some many in a positive way. R.I.P
October 27, 2012
To the Blatnick family: I am so sorry for your loss. I remember watching Jeff's gold-medal winning match on TV in 1984. When he broke into tears after the match and told the interviewer: "I'm a happy dude..!!", I became teary-eyed too. What a great champion.
October 26, 2012
Lori and children: My thoughts and prayers are with you all...RIP Jeff, you are and always will be, one of the all around BEST dudes ever! What great memories I have of you hanging with the boys...Golfing, Racket Ball, The Cranberry Bog, Networking/Socializing, and watching Giants Football!!! Forever Friends...Rocco
October 26, 2012
I recognized Jeff's name immediately when I glanced at the obituaries today. It was remarkable to follow him during the Olympics and many in the capital district were cheering for him.

So sorry that your husband and Dad died so young. Remember the good times and cherish his wonderful memories. Take care of yourselves.

From a sports lover.
October 26, 2012
To Jeff's family - my deepest sympathy. I graduated with Jeff in 75 from Niskayuna and was at most of his high school wrestling matches. I never crossed paths with him again but remember his kindness and sense of humor from all those years ago. I wish I had known him since that time, he sounds like a wonderful man. My heart hurts for you all.
October 26, 2012
To the Family of Jeff Blatnick, you raised a beautiful son and shared him with the World. Thank You. Jeff did a Motivational Speech at Shaker H.S. in Latham years ago. My daughter helped out with a demonstration on stage....something she'll never forget. He won His final Gold Medal ..... in Heaven. RIP
October 26, 2012
I can't remember if I first met Jeff before or after he won his gold medal. I started wrestling for ATWA when I was 9 years old and Jeff was always there.Over the years I would see him at some wrestling event and he always took the time to say hello. The wrestling world has lost an icon and and an ambassador for our great sport. Even more so, the world has lost a great man. Our thoughts and prayers go to the Blatnick family.
October 26, 2012
To the Blatnick Family,our Prayers are with you during this most difficult time.We are so sorry for the loss of a great man.The DeVito family-Suzanne John,Dom,Adriana and Maria
October 26, 2012
A true American hero!
October 26, 2012
The highest compliment you can pay a man is to say he was a good man.
Jeff was a good man.
October 26, 2012
Rest in peace
October 26, 2012
Jeff was such a great guy and fun guest on our Show...God BLess This Dear man...
October 26, 2012
To all the Blatnick Family: My sincere condolences on the passing of Jeff. I didn't know him personally, but was very happy for him when he won the gold medal. All that I ever heard of him were all good things and I'm sure he is in Heaven with God for all his goodness and caring ways. God bless you all with the courage and strength you need at this most difficult time. My love and prayers for you all.
October 26, 2012
Lori, Ian and Niki: We send our deepest sympathy on the loss of Jeff. We'll never forget the kindness he showed by bringing little trinkets to Sarah from his Olympic travels, they meant the world to her. He will be greatly missed. Love, Sue & Charlie Snyder
October 26, 2012
A memory I will never forget, we were all rooting for him here in the Capital Region. God Bless the family, he was a great man taken from us too soon.
October 26, 2012
My thoughts and prayers go out to all the family and friends of Jeff. He was a wonderful person who never knew a limit on giving. He will be missed by all who knew him. May God hold you in his arms.
October 26, 2012
I am so sorry to hear about jeff passing,i met Jeff couple of times when he came through my line in Clifton Park Price Chopper a few times, it was a great honor, he was amaze how tall i am, i told him i was an athelete like him, he was very nice person and very pleasant.So sorry of your great loss,may you find comfort in god and remember him in your heart.
October 26, 2012
I was a freshmen at SC, when Jeff was a Sr. on the team, amzing how tough and determined on the mat, yet off a soft spoken guy. You would never know how kind of heart he had if you never say him off the mat like those at SC saw him. He Later come down to Central Jersey and work my wrestling camp for a day and drivew back to NY, think nothing of it, for the sport and his freind. Those who knew Jeff were very blessed to know him and by soft nature most superstars today, do not have. My condolences to his family and the wrestling family (Springfeild College).
October 26, 2012
To The Blatnick Family,

With Deepest Sympathy to you in the loss of Jeff. He was an inspiration to the community, the state and the world. He will be missed, but, his legacy will always remain through those he touched.

Sincerely,
The Lane Family
October 26, 2012
we are sorry for your loss jeff was a great man and coach. He will be missed
October 26, 2012
Your work is done. You have been awesome my friend. God Bless you and rest in Pease.
October 26, 2012
So sorry for your tragic loss.
October 26, 2012
R.I.P.
October 26, 2012
I am sorry for your loss. I knew Jeff at Niskayuna High School where we graduated in the same class. I still look at our old "Crossroads '75" yearbook from time to time and think about our classmates. Jeff made us all proud when he won gold at the 1984 Olympics. We are saddened to hear of his unexpected death.
October 26, 2012
I was deeply moved when Jeff won his gold medal. While i didn't know him personally, I got to know his humorous side when he was a frequent guest on Mason & Sheehans morning radio show. Thanks, Jeff, for brightening those days. You're the best!
October 26, 2012
A local hero - he will be remembered fondly.
October 26, 2012
We are so sorry for your loss. Jeff was an inspiration not only for our area, but for the world. He will be missed.
October 26, 2012
TO THE FAMILY OF JEFF BLATNICK,MY SINCERE CONDOLENCES.MAY YOU EVER BE BLESSED BY THE ALMIGHTY ABOVE.HE HAS SAID"HAPPY ARE THOSE CONSCIOUS OF THEIR SPIRITUAL NEED,SINCE THE KINGDOM OF THE HEAVENS BELONGS TO THEM."(matt.5:3).....gbo,nc
October 26, 2012
We are deeply saddened by the loss of such a great man and mentor. Jeff, you will be greatly missed. God Bless you and your family during this difficult time.
October 26, 2012
On behalf of the family of Eoghan Sweeney, we would like to send our deepsest sympathy, love and prayers. Eoghan was blessed to have the honor and privilege to be coached by Jeff with the Journeymen program.We can deffinatley say we are all better people for having Jeff in our lives.
Kelly, John and Eoghan Sweeney
October 26, 2012
Lori and family we are so sorry for your loss and you and the kids are in our prayers. God bless you our condolences
Danny,Brenda,Brianna,Jocelyn,Shauna,Dan Jr.
October 26, 2012
Angel: Another of our Boys gone. Such a loss.
Chuck and Carolyn Boehm, Sun City Center, Florida.
October 26, 2012
Our area and the world have lost a great man. I will always remember his words of inspiration to my son and I. Lori, Ian & Niki, may God watch over you at this difficult time. Jeff is an awesome angel!
October 26, 2012
Blatnick Family,
You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Jeff was a wonderful man whom gave hope to all who hit the mats.The wrestling community will never be the same. My son idolized him for too many reasons to list and was so very proud to have him in his corner in Fargo. Jeff will be missed but never forgotten. Rest In Peace "Happy Dude"
The Tangora Family
October 26, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you Lori, Ian and Nikki.
The Garrison Family
October 26, 2012
So sorry for the loss of such a great man. May God Bless Jeff. Rest in Peace. Amen
October 26, 2012
Blatnick Family

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. Our son is a high school wrestler and also wrestles at Journeymen. Jeff was a wonderful inspiration to all.
October 26, 2012
My condolences to your family. I wrestled Jeff in the finals of the NYS Wrestling Championships in 1975. I have seen Jeff and talked to him on a few occassions since then and he always remebered me and had nice things to say. Recently I atteded the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Inductions, where Jeff was the MC - he did a great job and will be missed by all.
October 26, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Blatnick family at this difficult time. Jeff's contribution to this community has been great, and he will be truly missed by so many.
The LaPierre family.
October 26, 2012
Jeff was an inspiration for all
October 26, 2012
My Condolences, God Comfort and Bless all who knew Mr Blatnick.

Jeff was an inspiration to Many people and shall be missed by all who knew him.
October 26, 2012
Saddened by his loss. He will always stand out as a great example of the value of personal effort in discovering your personal talents and as a decent human being.
October 26, 2012
to lori and kidsim so sorry for your loss,i didnt know him personally,but being brought up in colonie he wasa hero to many of us he had courage.thank u jeff u shall be missed.may god be with u in these tough times
October 25, 2012
A great man, you will be missed !
October 25, 2012
you inspired Sherwood and our family - you were the finest example of a being, we were so proud to have known you. May your greatness put it's arms around your family and give them comfort.
October 25, 2012
Jeff, you are in a much better place & you left the world a much better place. I am one of the many cancer survivors that you gave the strength & inspiration to battle on.
October 25, 2012
I was a year ahead of Jeff at Springfield. As most SC students would attest...we always acknowledged one another in passing walking to classes, or various practices. I admired Jeff's ability and tenacity as a wrestler....and later in 1984 for his courage, determination and heart-felt thanks for all the support he had during his amazing Battles", both on and off the mat. May you rest in peace Jeff. My comdolences go out to the Blatnick family and friends.
October 25, 2012
I was a classmate of Jeff's at Springfield College for only 1 year our Freshman year. I remember him as being nice guy and I enjoyed following is remarkable career. I am so sorry for your loss. Mitch Burke,Uxbridge, MA.
October 25, 2012
To All of Jeff's Family;
I was so sorry to hear about Jeff's passing. I didn't know him well, but the few times I had occasion to speak with him, he was very nice. I do know he has done a lost for the kids here in BH-BL. Jeff will be sorely missed by all.
My Condolences--Barb Iwan
October 25, 2012
jeff,you will surely be missed !i hope you've given your strength to your wonderful family as they need it more than ever now .i will surely miss you ,and will be there for your family .may god be with you my friend .i miss you . ken m (krm)
October 25, 2012
I was so deeply saddened to hear of Jeff's passing. His life, though entirely too short, should teach all of us, to be the best people we can be. Jeff and his family were neighbors of mine; wonderful people who unfortunately have had their share undeserved sorrows. I pray for peace for the entire Blatnick family, and know there is a bright spot in heaven at this time.
I am so sorry for your loss. He was such a gracious and humble man, even after becoming so well known.
October 25, 2012
Gone incredibly too soon. May God's peace be with the family. -1 Corinthians 15:26
October 25, 2012
I loved Jeff. He was my friend. Rest in Peace, brother, I will miss you, but you will always be with me.
Al
October 25, 2012
I didn't knoe Jeff for very long...but, he was an awesome person. Humble, funny....very likeable. May God's peace be with his family....Jeff, you will be sorely missed.
October 25, 2012
Deepest sympathy.Incredible man even before he won the gold!! I was 1 year behind Jeff in wrestling in school and college.
October 25, 2012
Jeff Blatnick was an early voice for the Ultimate Fighting Championship and lent credibility to the fledgling organization when it needed it dearly. Jeff broke the ice on describing what was being seen in the octagon.

May the Creator Walk with his family and friends in their time of loss. May they also know the tremendous impact that Jeff had on his sport and within humanity in general.

- Chaz Kader
Turtle Clan
Kanienkehaka
Akwesasne Territory
Kanienkeh
October 25, 2012
I knew Jeff growing up and he was a fine, decent kid. I was shocked to read about someone I know on these "famous" obits. Rest in Peace, Jeff.
October 25, 2012
Even the greatest must abide by the voice of our Lord God.
October 25, 2012
I hope this candle will light your way... R.I.P.

Tina Bondi Smith
October 25, 2012
What an honor it is to say I know Jeff Blatnick. As a Freshman Wrestler my most joyful memory was jumping and ranting out of control when you won your Olympic Gold. I felt like I won it right along with you. My son Spencer looks up to you as a hero of his as well and I am honored by you because of it once again. The hours you have spent helping and guiding our kids never went unnoticed or unrewarded. Thanks so much for all you do and will continue to do through everyone you have influenced, especially for coaching. My son and I will miss you always. We Love You Jeff
October 25, 2012
Peace and good wishes to the Blatnick family. I Enjoyed my interactions with Jeff when he was a grad asst. coach for us at North Dakota State Univ. in 1983-84.
October 25, 2012
Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.
October 25, 2012
My heart goes out to the family and friends of Jeff. Whenever we lose a loved one in death it is too soon, but when it happens to someone so young it is particularly tragic. The Bible assures us that our Heavenly Father does understand what you are enduring and tells us that He "is near to those that are broken at heart and those who are crushed in spirit He saves." May your memories bring you a measure of comfort and peace at this time. Sincerely
October 25, 2012
Jeff,
More than gold medalist..the true definition of Heart. From your former HS teammate and the entire Viventi family, may all the people you touched, have a fond spot in their hearts of you forever
October 25, 2012
My sincere sympathy and prayers are sent to his family for the loss of Jeff. I got to know him on a coaching level, and I had alot of admiration for his courage fighting cancer, and then doing the impossible, winning a Gold Medal!! He was a great role model for our young wrestlers!! He will be greatly missed, but, never forgotten!!
October 25, 2012
Thankyou for everything you have done for me, all that you have tought me, you were an amazing man and an even better coach thankyou.
October 25, 2012
I am profoundly devasted about the loss of my friend Jeff Blatnick. He was an inspiration to all who knew him. He was a great friend, husband and father. Your legacy will live on forever! Say hello in heavan for me. God bless your soul Champ! Maura K Manning and Family
October 25, 2012
Jeffrey, To our Fargo trips, all the laughs and other morning jiberish talk at tourments. You are always a fun guy to be with.

Engelmann
October 25, 2012
To Jeff's Family and Friends,

We were shocked and saddened to hear of your loss. We, like so many others, followed Jeff's career through the Olympics and we laughed and cried as he won the medal for Team USA. He did so much good with his life, thereby making his early death even more of a tragedy. I am so, so sorry and please know that many people like us who didn't even know him, mourn Jeff's loss and share your deep sorrow.

Judith Pennock
Bennington
October 25, 2012
I had the great privilege to have officiated some of Jeff's wrestling matches from his pee-wee contests to his college matches. Jeff was always a gentleman and true sportsman. The world will miss him, as will his family. My condolences to his family and may God welcome him into eternal life.
October 25, 2012
Please accept our heartfelt condolences. Jeff was a great guy and a true inspiration. I'm proud to say I knew him, worked with him and my son, as a wrestler, got to meet him and was inspired by him. The Giknis Family
October 25, 2012
Truly an inspiration many young athletes . His accomplishments were many but he demonstrated to young athletes that any goal can be met if you persevere and teaching others by example is the best life accomplishment you can have.
October 25, 2012
A great loss to all who knew Jeff. A great man, a great inspiration and a true hero to us all at Niskayuna High School and to our community. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
October 25, 2012
So Sorry for the loss of team mate, husband, father, champion Jeff Blatnick. Will be greatly missed by all. A special privilege for us was having Jeff bring Ian to wrestle at some of our STCC Wrestling events. Please accept our sincerest condolences.
October 25, 2012
As Jeff once said "I'm a Happy Due!" after he won his gold medal. May he now be truly happy in the arms of our Lord and Savior! GOD Bless Jeff! Rest in Peace Sir
October 25, 2012
To the family: The lord gives us life and he takes it away. But I speak of life now in a more direct way. I speak of my father from whem my life came. Who gave me his love,his home and his name. There is much praise given to mothers. It is written in song and in prose: But little is said of the father. The root from which the tree grows. I think I would be lonely just being that root. To sow the seed, yet never bear fruit. To worry to wonder, to watch and to pray, untill it is ripened and the n plucked away. I know I must lose my father some day but he will live on in his own special way. On through my brothers and I, just the same and on through my first-born who carries his name. The lord is my heavenly Father, In his kingdom high above. But I am grateful here,too on earth I've known a father's love.
God be with your family.
October 25, 2012
We are so sorry for your family's loss. He was inspirational to many and had many accolades. He was proud of all of them but was very humble. During our lunches, the things he was most proud of and happy about was his family. He would say that was his best accomplishment. Prayers and condolences to Lori, Ian & Nikki.
October 25, 2012
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and gave everlasting comfort and good hope by means of undeserved kindness comfort your hearts and make you firm in every good deed and word.
October 25, 2012
my sincere sympathy goes to Jeff's family for there loss. a true legend in his own rights will be missed. thoughts and prayers goes to the entire Blatnick family.God bless
October 25, 2012
My condolences to his family. Now this man was a real champion!
October 25, 2012
My deepest sympathy goes out to your family. The loss of a dear loved one may be hard to bear. May the God of all comfort grant you peace during the days ahead.
October 25, 2012
you will be you will be missed in the wrestling and MMA world may your family and remember you will always live and remember you will always live on in the hearts and memories of many. You are a true world champion. Rest in peace brother
October 25, 2012
what a story of a true hero, much to young to die. he must have been a one in a million kind of guy, wrestling to win for his late brother, and go on to all those big wins, then to settle down to teach and not brag, wow what a guy. god bless all who loved him, he was one very special guy.
October 25, 2012
You have my deepest sympathy. May good memories provide solace for your family during this challenging time; and may God provide you with the assurance that you will see your loved one again in Paradise. John 17:3
October 25, 2012
My prayers go out to the family for God to bless you and give you peace.
Jeff was one of the greatest wrestlers and ambassador this country has had. His legacy will not be forgotten.
October 25, 2012
Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Jeff Blatnick. He was taken too soon. May he rest in peace.
October 25, 2012
Mr. Blatnick was the type of individual that parents and a country can be proud of. Super person, athlete and commentator. RIP
Dave
October 25, 2012
to jeffs wife and kids you should be proud of him i grew up in colonie even thought i didnt know him peersonally he wasa hero to people in colonie and all over ny.may god bless u and your family in these tough times we will miss u jeff.thank u for showing us courage god bless
October 25, 2012
To the the family of Jeff Blatnick - May God give you peace and comfort through his word and the Lord Jesus Christ during this time of sorrow, I know that he will be missed by many.
October 24, 2012
My sincere sympathy for the passing of Jeff. May his family have solace in prayer. Psalms 65:2
October 24, 2012
Truly an insprition to many.
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