Mark Jason Skraban

August 29, 1974May 13, 2018
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Mark Jason Skraban was born on August 29, 1974 in Elmhurst, Illinois, the second of five children to Ronald and Kathleen Skraban. The family moved to Florida in 1977, which is where Mark spent the remainder of his childhood. Mark was a precocious child with a love of learning and a free spirit. He taught himself to read before starting school, initiating a life-long passion for reading. Since that time, he was rarely seen without his head in a book and devoured countless literary works. He excelled at school without much effort, leaving his younger siblings big footsteps in which to follow (“oh, you’re Mark’s sibling…”). Mark spent most of his childhood playing sports, lettering in both football and wrestling in high school and earning the nickname “Big Daddy”.

Mark graduated from Wellington High School in 1992. Upon graduation, he briefly attended Pennsylvania State University with a scholarship to study Physics, but didn’t appreciate the piles of snow in Pennsylvania. Instead of continuing his academic pursuits at that time, he left the country to backpack through Europe, undoubtedly having countless adventures and gaining an appreciation and love of art. He eventually made his way back to the states where he lived and studied art for a while in Tampa, Florida. After a few years in Atlanta, Georgia, he moved to Tucson, Arizona. There, he continued to hone his artistic skills, eventually graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Art from the University of Arizona in 2005. While in Tucson, he opened a metal work business where he was hired to commission custom pieces, leaving behind a beautiful lasting legacy.

Mark moved back to Florida in 2008, settling in Orlando where he was better able to enjoy one of his favorite titles, Uncle Mark. He loved playing with his nieces and nephews, often thinking of great adventures with which to have with them. Undeterred by his external appearance, he was thought of by his nieces and nephews as a big teddy bear and friendly pirate. In 2010, he accompanied his friend Mark in his charity pursuit of biking across Australia. Joined by his sister, Amanda, for a period of the time, they had great adventures and made ever-lasting memories. After returning from Australia, Mark briefly lived in Ashville, North Carolina before relocating in Orlando where he lived for the remainder of his life. In addition to reading and art, he loved cooking, watching sports, and helping family and friends with household renovations and construction.

Mark died on May 13, 2018 at the age of 43 years. He is survived by his large, loving family including his parents, his two brothers, Scott and Jeffrey, two sisters, Amanda and Cara, two nieces, Adrianna and Chloe, three nephews, Christopher, Tristan, and Kaiden, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is deeply loved by his family and many close friends, who will carry on his legacy of enjoying life’s adventures.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Reading is Fundamental,;5081.donation=form1

Arrangements entrusted to Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home, East Altamonte Chapel 994 E. Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs, Florida 32701. Please view and sign the guestbook at


  • Kathleen Skraban, Mother
  • Ronald Skraban, Father
  • Scott Skraban, Brother
  • Jeffrey Skraban, Brother
  • Amanda Skraban, Sister
  • Cara Skraban, Sister


  • Gathering Saturday, May 26, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, May 26, 2018

Mark Jason Skraban

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Debbie Rivera

June 12, 2018

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Skraban, Amanda, and Family,

I am so truly sorry for your loss. Mark was such a gentle, beautiful soul that was loved by everyone who knew him. I met Mark in college when I was living in Gainesville and he was living in Tampa, and we were both part of the "college crew". The moment I met Mark we bonded instantly and were close friends ever since. I would visit Tampa frequently and the college crew would visit Gainesville. I was always excited to see Mark, as I knew I would get an amazing hug and great conversation and advice. I was lucky enough to move to Tampa and even lived with Mark for a short stent of time. Mark and I would sit together for hours just talking and laughing. He was such an amazing listener who showed true interest in everyone he met. The longer I knew Mark, the more I loved him. He had such a big heart and not a bad bone in his body. Mark and I had some amazing adventures together. I have truly had more fun adventures with him than most people in my life. When we were out and about with our "college crew", Mark and I were always wondering off together. We always had SO much fun just exploring and laughing. I think we both felt like kids together, always getting into innocent trouble. I had all sorts of adventures with Mark, when we went to Jazz Fest in New Orleans, snuck into the Bob Dylan concert, canoeing down the Peace River, going to the Grateful Dead show, and plenty of adventures in Tampa. There are just no words to express the amount of love I had for him. He was such an amazing person in so many ways. I can't say I have met a more beautiful soul on this earth. Where ever beautiful souls go, I know Mark is there; happy and laughing. Rest in Peace Mark. I will love you always.

Tamala Delashmet

June 7, 2018

There are so many things that I love about Mark. Mark was the one person in my life that truly lived in the moment. When he was spending time with you he focused on you. I knew he had a phone but he never took it out. It was always put away. His laughter had a way of brightening your day. His hugs were amazing. Mark was a great listener. I would share my frustrations and his response always made me giggle and feel like he had my back. He will be forever in my heart!

Kathleen Ketterhagen

May 28, 2018

To Ron, Kathy and your beautiful family,
I am so sorry for the loss of your son Mark. Kathy, you and I shared our early lives together. From our first birthdays through high school, so many close ties. Our dads were best of friends. We attended each others weddings, two weeks apart. Started having babies about the same time...three boys each, and then your two girls. Moved to Florida about the same time but lived on opposite coasts. I am so saddened by your loss. Please know that you all are in my prayers.


Brandi Jackson

May 25, 2018

I can't believe I am writing you on your memory page..... Over the years, I have had friends come and go based on different stages of life. Throughout that time, I have been fortunate to have cultivated a family of friends that still remain a part of me no matter how much time goes by, or how far apart we are. Mark, you are one that I proudly call a brother. Thank you for contributing to my growth, I will always love you.

Kaleen Richards

May 25, 2018

My deepest condolences to the Skraban Family. I met Mark in the summer of 1994 while in college. Mark's warm smile and contagious laugh instantly opened my heart! We took many trips in my VW and I could always count on him for big hugs and a shoulder to cry on. Mark baby sat my oldest son for me while I went to African Dance class! With Mark you always felt safe and knew he would listen and give profound words of wisdom......He will always live in my heart!

Kevin Skraban

May 24, 2018

My Cousin Mark Skraban had the most amazing soul and heart of anyone I’ve ever met.
The one memory i will keep with me forever is our endless wiffleball games in the backyard in Florida in the pouring rain to playing for the Championship of Chicago in Grandpa Mouse’s backyard.


I know my dad is meeting you up in Heaven with open arms!!


Lori & Leo Caballero

May 23, 2018

Sending our deepest condolences to Mark’s entire family. We have known Mark for 20 years and will miss him so much. We are grateful to Amanda for introducing us to Mark a long time ago. We will cherish great memories, as Mark was an amazing & genuine friend and always kind to everyone he met. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. Lori & Leo Caballero

Dante Marquez

May 19, 2018

I wanted to give our condolences on behalf of the Dante Marquez and family. I also wanted too share a memory that I have of Mark “the gentle giant”. I was fortunate and unfortunate to have the opportunity too play football against mark in our younger years!! Being 2years younger, 90lb lighter, and three foot shorter I really never stood a chance but my idiot coach had me line up against him all game. I never had a chance too thank him for the mercy he showed me by just using one arm too move me out of the way every play.Lol maybe bc I was his dad s catcher in baseball but I believe that’s what kind of guy he was? Mr. Skraban, Jeff and family my condolences again from the Marquez Family