On December 7, 2014, Mark “Sully” Sullivan passed away peacefully at his home in Tahoe City. He was 63 years old. He was born March 26, 1951, in Berkeley, California, to Tim and Catherine Sullivan, moving to Squaw Valley with his family in 1958. The move to Tahoe suited him well and the ski culture in Squaw Valley would forever be a lifestyle he would pursue and embody. Starting out racing with the Lake Tahoe Ski Club, he dominated the young race scene, which layed the foundation for his later career as the head coach of the Squaw Valley Ski Team. Coaching became the career he was passionate about and twice he was awarded the National Coach of the Year Award, which recognized him for building Squaw Valley’s program into the most successful in the country. Sully also was lucky enough to carry the Olympic torch two times, once in 1960 as it came to Squaw Valley and again in 2002 on its way to the Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games. Growing up he enjoyed rock climbing with his brother, Paul, and through the 1970’s and 80’s was an integral player for the Squaw Valley Chiefs broomball team. During the summer months he loved nothing more than fishing on Tahoe with a cold Bud, when he wasn’t traveling to New Zealand to coach summer ski camps. Known for his humor and the ability to get anyone to crack a smile, Sully’s selfless attitude and quick wit will be universally missed, but never forgotten. Sully is survived by his brother, Paul Sullivan, sister, Laura Weare, nieces, Chelsea Robinson and Cara Weare, nephews, Marco Sullivan and Paul Weare, and his furball cat, Oliver. He was predeceased by his long-time partner Debbie Militello, his father, Tim Sullivan, and his mother, Catherine Sullivan. A memorial service for Sully will be held January 3, 2015 at 4 p.m., at the Olympic Valley Lodge in Squaw Valley. The Squaw Valley Ski Team and others will be skiing down the Mountain Run from Time’s Square at 2:30. Please feel free to join us! In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the newly created Mark “Sully” Sullivan Scholarship Fund, care of the Lake Tahoe Ski Club, Box 435, Tahoe City, CA 96145
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