Markesan School Superintendent/ Athletic Director Duane Bark Passes Away

(Markesan) Markesan School District Superintendent and Athletic Director Duane Bark passed away Wednesday evening. The Trailways Conference Twitter account shared the sad news saying Bark died after a three-month battle with COVID-19, noting his impact and saying he will be deeply missed.

Bark served the Markesan School District since 2011 and also did part-time work as a sports play-by-play announcer for WBEV/95X/DailyDodge/Good Karma Brands during his time in the area.

Good Karma Brands Beaver Dam Division Manager Ryan Gabel says he was shocked and deeply saddened by the news of his passing. When Gabel – who played football at Poynette High School – moved back to the region a decade ago, Bark was one of the first people he befriended, bonding over a shared passion for high school football.

Gabel says Bark was a (quote) “great broadcaster, enthusiastic sports fan and all around great guy” adding that “everyone at Good Karma Brands extends their deepest sympathies to Bark’s family and friends.”

Duane Bark was 61 years-old.