PARLIER, California – The community of Parlier in mourning after a beloved teacher lost his life in a motorcycle crash.
54-year-old Mark Bristol passed away after being hit by a Jeep at Manning and Maple early Tuesday. The CHP says the driver of the Jeep was headed east, and attempted to make a turn and hit Bristol’s motorcycle which was headed in the opposite direction.
He led the Navy Junior ROTC program at Parlier High School. Before that, Chief Warrant Officer Mark Bristol served in the U.S. Navy.
KSEE24 highlighted his contribution in a special report in September of 2014. During that interview, Bristol explained that “you really have an opportunity to make a positive impact on tomorrow, not just one person, but all of tomorrow because you’ve got 100 kids coming through our program every year.”
Bristol said that the ROTC program at Parlier High was not about recruiting members of the armed service but developing leaders of tomorrow.
“Like with the air rifle. They have to be concentrating on their target and make sure they are staying focused on their shot plan.”
His work impacted students like Cassandra Rodriguez, who attended Parlier High in 2014. She placed second at the Junior Air Rifle National Championships under Bristol’s leadership.
“I found out I was pretty skilled with this and I didn’t think I would be going to nationals and stuff and when I did I was very shocked, ” said Rodriguez.
Parlier Unified School District described Bristol as a highly respected teacher, and that staff and students are deeply impacted by his passing.