A longtime St. Albans resident who was active in city government and his church as well as a wide array of athletic activities has died following a long battle with health issues.
Frank Offutt of St. Albans, 73, died Wednesday following complications from surgery. He had fought Pure Autonomic Failure, a disease that took a toll on everything from blood pressure to eyesight, said Margarette Offutt, his wife of 47 years.
In May he suffered stomach pain that led to removal of the appendix, the discovery of cancer, and extensive surgery.
As his health continued to decline, he wrote his own obituary.
"He was very organized," she said, adding that his family called him "Mr. Statistician."
During his heyday, he was an athlete who ran marathons and played basketball and baseball. As life continued, he followed the athletics of their children and grandchildren, keeping records of their accomplishments.
The Offutts have three daughters, Angela, Jennifer and Libby. All were swimmers as they were growing up and their father was there to cheer for them.
Margarette said their nine grandchildren "are all very athletic" and their grandfather their greatest fan.
Their daughter, Libby, and NFL star Randy Moss are the parents of Sydney, Thad, Tigo, Nali and Sylee Moss.
Sydney, 18, a freshman basketball player at the University of Florida, idolized her grandfather and said he taught her about perseverance.
"I learned from him to never give up, no matter how bad of a day I'm having to push through and make the best of it," Sydney said.