Man behind Mountaineer rifles has passed away

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WDTV) -- The man responsible for a West Virginia University icon has passed away.

Officials say Marvin Wotring, the man who handcrafted every rifle used by WVU Mountaineer mascots since the late 1970s, died Sunday in Morgantown.

According to Wotring's obituary, he first learned his skills as a gunsmith by attending the Preston County vocational school during his high school years.

He began providing the muskets for the Mountaineer, each made with intricate designs, in 1976 and continued that tradition for over 40 years.

Wotring was an alumnus of West Virginia University, graduating from the Davis College of Agriculture in 1965. He retired as a district director for the United States Department of Agriculture in 1994.