Lloyd Ellsworth “Mick” Elsey III, 66, of Woodyard Road, slipped away peacefully to his heavenly home on Sunday, June 17, 2018, with his loving family and pastor by his side.
Mick was born July 6, 1951, in Grafton, son of the late Lloyd E. Elsey Jr. and surviving mother, Constance J. (Murphy) Elsey.
In addition to his father, Mick was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lloyd E. Elsey Sr. and Lena (Smith) Elsey and A. L. (Tom) Murphy and Berta (Poling) Murphy.
Mick is survived by and will be forever remembered by fiancée, Nancy A. Wyckoff; one sister, Susan L. Spadafore and husband, Ralph, of Fairmont; one brother, Thomas Scott Elsey and wife, Shelley, of Grafton; he was a special uncle to Torr Spadafore and Shane Spadafore, both of Fairmont, Shayla Elsey Wood and husband, Justin, Seth Elsey and wife, Chanel, and Shyanne J. Elsey, all of Grafton; and great-nieces, Hali and Lydia Wood.
Mick graduated from Grafton High School with the class of 1969. He was a four-year member of the GHS basketball team and was selected for all-state choir in 1968-’69. He attended Fairmont State College in 1969-’71. He then went to work for the B&O Railroad as a carman from 1971-’72. After being furloughed, he dedicated his life to the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources at Tygart Lake State Park starting on May 28, 1972, and retiring as Park Superintendent on Aug. 26, 2010, with 38 years of service.
He was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd, on Lucas Dairy Road, in Grafton, serving on several church committees.
Mick was involved in organizations including, the Tygart Lake State Park Foundation, Establishment of the Kay Fisher Playground, Grafton Kiwanis, Tygart Valley Development Authority, Memorial Day Parade Committee, Life member of the NRA, the Fraternal Order of Police and various photography and car clubs.
He was a craftsman and loved antique restoration, creating stain glass, caning chairs, weaving baskets and he was a gunsmith. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing, camping and traveling.
A memorial service will be held at the Church of the Good Shepard, in Grafton, at 1 p.m. Monday, June 25.
Memorial donations in memory of Mick can be made to Tygart Lake State Park Foundation, 1240 Paul E. Malone Road, Grafton, WV 26354.