Mark Edward Carty

March 1, 1951August 24, 2018
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Mark Edward Carty, 67, of Amarillo returned to his heavenly home on August 24, 2018 after a valiant battle with a long illness. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 from 6 to 8 pm in the Griggs Schooler Gordon Pioneer Chapel, 5400 Bell St. in Amarillo. Funeral Services will be held at Amarillo First Family Church, 6101 Bell St., on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 10 am with Pastor Billy Nickell presiding. Burial will take place in Memorial Park Cemetery. Services are entrusted to Griggs Schooler Gordon Funeral Directors.

Mark was born to the late James and Vivian Carty, a construction worker and a homemaker respectively, in Salem, Indiana on March 1, 1951. The family moved to Pinson, Alabama when he was a young child. Mark married his best friend Rhonda “Michelle” (Holubec) Carty on November 26, 1982 in Roy, Utah where he relocated from Alabama to be the Plant Manager for Astrolloy Vulcan in West Jordan, Utah. Mark was an avid hunter and enjoyed being outdoors in God’s beautiful creation. He enjoyed traveling with his wife who was enlisted in the United States Air Force. They were stationed in England for 4 years and then in Germany for 3 years and finally settled in Omaha, Nebraska where he worked for 18 years at Hempel Sheet Metal Company. While in Omaha they took numerous trips to the New England States, the Pacific Northwest, and Canada and other states. In August of 2008, he and his wife relocated to Amarillo, Texas. Their last excursion took them on an Alaskan Cruise to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. After relocating to Amarillo, each year, to commemorate their anniversary, they would spend a few days at the Three Falls Cove Bed and Breakfast located in Stinnett, Texas – their favorite spot for peace and quite in the Texas Panhandle.

Mark is survived by his wife, Michelle; sisters Luann Steele from Remlap, Alabama, and Susan Lancaster from Southside, Alabama and one brother Robert Carty from Richland, Mississippi. He is preceded in death by his mother, Vivian (Gilstrap) Carty; father James Carty; and his two brothers, Rick and Steve Carty. Mark, is also, uncle to numerous nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind numerous friends and hunting buddies.

In lieu of flowers his wife would like donations be made in honor of her husband, Mark Carty, at the Crohn’s & Colitis on line (under Honors and Memorial) or call the foundation at 1-800-932-2423.


  • James Carty, Father
  • Vivian Carty, Mother
  • Rich Carty, Brother
  • Steve Carty, Brother
  • Luann Steele, Sister
  • Susan Lancaster, Sister
  • Robert Carty, Brother
  • Michelle Carty, Wife
  • Mark also leave behind many nieces, nephews, and many beloved friends and hunting buddies.

  • Victoria Holubec
  • Sergio Urrutia
  • Fred Abegglen
  • Tammy Myers
  • Robert Carty
  • Bill Shultz
  • Fred Howell , Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation Tuesday, August 28, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, August 30, 2018

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Mark Edward Carty was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

His parents were James and Vivian Carty. Mark was raised in Pinson, Alabama. He was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.

Growing up in the Carty household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, Mark was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and he was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. Mark was raised with five siblings. He had three younger brothers, Rick, Steve, and Robert; and two younger sisters, Luann and Susan. Mark was constantly involved in activities with his brothers and sisters. Mark and his siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Mark was always consistently loyal to his family.

As a young child, Mark was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. He wasn’t pushy and never forced his way into games or other activities. Mark developed a variety of interests, though, and the things he enjoyed doing he did well. He was always curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. In his spare time he liked to play baseball. However, what Mark enjoyed most was simply playing and spending time with his many friends.

While his teachers and even his friends generally thought of Mark as being a serious person, he managed to have a pretty good time in high school as he made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He graduated from Hewitt-Trussville High School in 1969. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was Woodshop. The teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was Ms MaryLou. His most noticeable accomplishment was driving the school bus during high school. Mark was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using his exceptional memory, he was able to learn much through observation. Mark always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though he could easily master any problem that might be presented to him.

College life brought with it a new set of challenges, but Mark handled them well. Being a critical thinker who always remained intellectually independent, Mark was able to focus on the task at hand in order to complete his class work. He seemed to thrive on college reading assignments, something that often bogged down his classmates. Mark was able to read the material and retain the information in a way that impressed his fellow classmates. The ability to efficiently complete the task at hand was a skill that served Mark well during his college experience. He earned his associate's degree in arts. His favorite courses were history, English, and mathematics where he flourished.

Always considered to be a solid friend, Mark was fortunate to have numerous acquaintances and several very close friends during his life. Since he disliked making generalizations about people and preferred to draw his own conclusions based on direct observation, Mark was able to see beneath the surface of relationships and became a true friend to those who knew him. He was committed to his friends and valued the trust he placed in them. It was not uncommon for Mark to go beyond the call of duty for others, and friends frequently sought him out for advice because he had a knack for coming up with practical solutions to any type of dilemma. While growing up, some of his best friends were Mike Cherry, Gary Gilham, Mike Porter, Jimmy Landrum, and Tommy Buzbee. Later in life, he became friends with Darrell Freeman, and Felix Sanchez, Dean Curtis, Steve Schneider, Chris Wadle, Sergio Urrutia, Fred Howell, Terrell Gray and his Pastor, Billy Nickell.

On November 26, 1982 Mark exchanged wedding vows with Rhonda "Michelle" Holubec at the Calvary Christian Church of Roy, Utah. Compassionate and devoted to Michelle, Mark held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. He took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it his total commitment. He was a source of strength to Michelle and using his gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, he worked hard to make his new wife happy.

Mark greatly enjoyed what he did for a living. He was a hard worker who expected the same in return from his co-workers. He was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Mark enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Mark was excellent at meeting deadlines. He was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. His primary occupation was steel manufacturing. He was employed for 5 years with Astrolloy Vulcan in B'Ham, Alabama, 7 years with AFEES overseas in England and Germany, and 18 years with Hempel Steel Metal Company. Mark worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

Mark liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into his hobbies, where he was very methodical in how he organized his activities and categorized things. Since he enjoyed his private time, Mark always tried to allocate a specific time for working on his hobbies. His favorite pursuits were hunting, fishing, and traveling to different countries when he and Michelle were stationed in the United Kingdom and Germany. Mark was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was thrilled with his wife made the decision to share his interest in hunting and would accompany him on many of his hunting expeditions.

Mark found pleasure in sports. Being a person who was comfortable making win/lose decisions throughout life, he could appreciate that athletes made those types of decisions in sports. He applauded those who won, and he enjoyed the statistical data and sports facts and could find himself wrapped up in those details. In high school, Mark played baseball. Recreational sports included hunting and fishing, as he loved the outdoors. He would watch his favorite sporting events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were college football, mainly the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Nebraska Cornhuskers, and the Texas A&M Aggies.

Many organizations were grateful to have Mark as a member, since he always brought with him a “stick to it” attitude and a high degree of common sense. Using straightforward methods to successfully complete the job, Mark was a great planner who was incredibly well organized. It seemed that he was able to schedule any event or activity with ease. He always seemed to know exactly what needed to be done. Throughout his later years, Mark was an active member of the Assemblies of God Denomination and Gideon’s International.

As a man who always showed great commitment to the things he believed in, it’s little wonder that Mark was so active in his community. Being practical and mentally disciplined, Mark preferred to base his decisions on first-hand experiences. Mark was never afraid to roll up his sleeves and dig right in. Politically, Mark was Independent.

Mark was a man who was dedicated and devoted to his faith. He was a member of Amarillo's First Family Church for 10 years. During that time, he was a Sunday School Superintendent, Usher, Co-facilitator for the bi-annual Financial Peace University (FPU) 9 week Seminar with his wife, and co-leader of the West of 50's group. He was a sympathetic man who valued his beliefs and was willing to work tirelessly for them.

Mark enjoyed traveling and taking vacations. Since he was an early starter and had a knack for planning everything, traveling with Mark appeared effortless. He enjoyed researching all of his examined options and applying cost-effective planning techniques. Plus, no matter where he traveled, Mark always had a back up plan at the ready, just in case. Favorite vacations included Israel, Switzerland, numerous countries in Europe, and all of England; Alaska, Canada, the Pacific Northwest, New England states, and, of course, Three Falls Cove Bed and Breakfast in Stinnett, Texas where he and Michelle vacationed every November to celebrate their upcoming anniversary on November 26th.

Mark was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Mark’s favorites was his first, Brittany, or as he called her, "Buckshot Miss Chili". They were best friends for 11 years. His family was rounded out by his dogs King (his giant Great Dane), Chaz, Miss Chili, Chancey Girl, Carlie Jo, Cacie, Candi Lynn, and Rusty (his first foster Brittany) and cats Clindy, Cass, and CLAWdette.

When Mark’s retirement finally arrived in 2008, he was well prepared. He always trusted and placed value in what was logical and in the things he knew, so he was very confident in planning his retirement. He had begun the process early and had his retirement all lain out well in advance. His new life involved relocating to Amarillo, Texas to be closer to his wife’s aging parents in Hereford, TX. In retirement, he found new pleasure in drinking coffee with his close friends. Even in retirement, Mark continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in his new community and felt fulfilled.

Mark Edward Carty passed away on August 24, 2018 at BSA Hospital in Amarillo, Texas. Mark fought a brave battle with Crohn's Disease. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Michelle; and his siblings Luann Steele, Susan Lancaster, and Robert Carty. Services were held at Amarillo First Family Church in Amarillo, Texas. Mark was laid to rest in Memorial Park Cemetery, Garden of Whispering Pines in Amarillo, Texas.

Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Mark Edward Carty. He was committed to living the life of a good man who was both practical and trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld his entire life. He committed himself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around him. Most of all, he was committed to those he knew and loved.