Lansing-area man dies of heart attack while mountain biking at Pinckney state park
A Lansing-area man died Sunday on the mountain biking trails at the Pinckney State Recreation Area.
John Morlock, 67, of Laingsburg, was mountain biking with his son, Zachary-John Morlock, 17, and stepson, Scott Brenton, 25, on Sunday afternoon when he is believed to have suffered a massive heart attack and died. Morlock had suffered a heart attack 17 years prior, according to Sgt. Geoffrey Fox of the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department.
Brenton and Zachary-John went to retrieve help at the park's office and call 9-1-1 while passers-by attended to him. A nurse who was in the area performed CPR.
The 9-1-1 call came in at 4:01 p.m. and Huron Valley Ambulance and the Dexter Fire Department responded to the scene to find Morlock not breathing and without a heartbeat. Morlock was pronounced dead on the scene after rescuers attempted to revive him for 45 minutes.
"He was a respected physician and patient advocate. He loved the out of doors and especially enjoyed cycling. John was an extremely unique individual who loved life and his family with a fierce devotion," an obituary said.
Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. and from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes' East Chapel, 1730 E. Grand River Ave. in East Lansing. A funeral service will be held on Thursday at 5 p.m. at the chapel.