Mark was a man of many words. He loved to talk and he would talk to anyone and everyone about anything. He always seemed to have a smile on his face and it didn't matter where we went, he was quick to make friends if there wasn't one there already. Mark was a 1994 graduate of South High School and went on to join the Electrical Union. He started his career with Downs Electric and eventually went to work at Gatchell Electric alongside his grandfather, two uncles and then his brother and cousin. It was a family affair, reminiscent of any good reality show, but he had pride in working for his grandfather and had 20 years with the Union Hall at the time of his passing.
Mark's greatest joy was being a father. He lived for his boys and their activities and couldn't stand idly by at practices, unintentionally working his way in to coaching both of them at everything from soccer, basketball, baseball and football. He would eventually 'turn them over to the professionals' and take more of a sideline stance, ever vigilant in his cheers and not a game would go by without a hearty "I SEE YOU!" or "DO WHAT YOU DO.”
If you didn't hear him, you would definitely see him. He always had matching swag from his head to his toes and many a time someone would ask him "Where do you find your clothes and/or shoes?" He loved dressing the part and he enjoyed dressing the boys as well. Scheels was his second home, and he was on a first name basis with the clothing managers. Mark also loved a treat and could be found at both locations of Zestos, often on the same day.
Mark’s love for cool cars and stereos from his boyhood faded but his ride was always recognizable. His trucks seemed to match his personality, the tougher looking the better. That's who Mark was. Battling cancer for almost 4 years, all while continuing to coach, chauffeur, style and be ever vigilant with his yardwork. His big dream was to have a clean garage and mow, of course while listening to T.I.
Mark would begrudgingly go on vacation, some far off and some near but then eagerly exclaim to everyone how much fun he had once we were home. That was his style though and he got away with it. He was the only person we knew who could talk smack to everyone and they would love him even more for it. It was one of his many gifts. His personality and his love for his boys and little dog are the things we will miss the most. Rest in Peace, Mark and we will always, "SEE YOU.”
Survived by his loving wife of 14 years, Cassidee, beloved sons, Kyler (12) and Caden (8), little dog, Koda, sister, Michelle (Ian Waters) Zych, brother, Andrew Doty, father Timothy Yager, and his extended family and many good friends.
Preceded in death by his mother, Deanne Doty, grandfather, David Reeve and grandmother, Karen Reeve.
A celebration of Mark's Life will be on Tuesday, January 30th, 2024, from 5-7pm at John A. Gentleman Mortuary at 14151 Pacific Street.