He was born December 23, 1948, in Flint. He was a 1971 graduate of Adrian College.
Mr. Balyo moved to Mackinaw City in 1986, where he was a longtime educator, guidance counselor, and basketball and baseball coach at Mackinaw City High School before retiring in 2008.
Mr. Balyo’s first teaching/coaching assignment was at Erie-Mason High School, followed by Shelby High School, Sienna Heights College for two years, Harbor Beach High School, Hicksville, Ohio, and Billings, Montana West High School before moving to Mackinaw City. Mr. Balyo started coaching the Mackinaw City Comets basketball team during the 1986-87 season and after 17 seasons on the court, he completed his final year during the 2002-03 season, posting more than 250 career victories.
The Comets won their first Northern Lakes Conference championship in Mr. Balyo’s second season. During the 1992-93 season, they won the district title. Mr. Balyo’s teams won more than eight Northern Lakes Conference championships.
Mr. Balyo was able to coach his son, Scott, and coached his future son-in-law, Craig Tamlyn.
During his career in Mackinaw City, Mr. Balyo also coached the Comets baseball team for 10 years and served as athletic director.
He was married to Lynn (nee Ward) Balyo, of Parma, Ohio. They were looking forward to celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary June 10, 2012. They spent their summers living near Cheboygan.
Mr. Balyo loved spending time with his six grandsons. He also greatly enjoyed being with family and friends, helping others, boating, and playing games and sports of all kinds.
He is survived by his wife, Lynn; his mother, Lois Balyo of North Fort Myers; a son and his family, Scott and Erika (nee Shaw) Balyo, and their sons, Isaac, Ian, Colby, and Zane of Cody, Wyoming; a daughter and her family, Stephanie and Craig Tamlyn, and their sons, Jack and Heath of Grandville; a brother, Rick Balyo of Chelsea, and a sister, Cynthia Balyo of Winfield, Illinois.
He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Balyo.
A memorial will be Friday, May 11, at 6 p.m. at the Church of the Straits in Mackinaw City.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Autism Speaks or the Mackinaw City Sports Boosters.