September 6, 1982 – April 4, 2022
Mark was born in Minnedosa on Sept 6, 1982. He spent his childhood growing up in Minnedosa, Swan River and Souris. At age 8 he began training in the art of Tae Kwon Do and continued until age 13. He was also a member of Beavers Cubs and Scouts until his teen years. He had a great love for the outdoors, camping and fishing. Mark was also an avid reader and loved to watch movies. One of his favorite authors was Stephen King.
Mark developed a love for music at an early age. Piano lessons, singing in the junior church choir and playing trumpet in the school band were all a part of his life. His love of guitar began when he was 13 when he had his grandpa Jakes’s guitar given to him. He spent countless hours in his room working on riffs and learning songs for his sister to sing. We were entertained at many family campfires with Mark playing guitar and his sister singing.
The school guitar club gave him the opportunity to play with others and he went on to form his first band in high school, Dissonance. His guitar playing would continue for the rest of his life and he played in other bands and made some great friendships through his music
When Mark was 23 he was involved in a horrific car accident which resulted in the loss of his best friend Andrew. Mark was seriously injured and never quite recovered from this. In the years following the accident he suffered much pain and sought relief through many sources. This interfered greatly in his everyday life. He went down a very dark path and unfortunately was not able to find his way back.
Mark was a kind and caring individual and would do anything for a friend. He had a love for animals and would take in stray cats or look after a friends’ dog. He was smart and opinionated and would never back down from an argument.
Mark’s son Tristan was born in August 2012 and gave Mark much joy. Mark loved watching Tristan grow and they spent time going for walks and bike riding. He always knew where he stood with Tristan as they had many discussions on science, creation and relationships. When asked what he would remember about his Dad, Tristan said that he enjoyed his conversations with his dad because Mark understood him. Mark spent a lot of time sharing his love of music with Tristan with the hope he would fall in love with music and someday make music.
A graveside service for family and friends was held at the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery on Friday, May 13, 2022. In memory of Mark, donations may be made to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada PO Box 58039 Bishop Grandin PO, Winnipeg, Manitoba R2M 2R6.