OBITUARY

Mark Timothy Meyer

January 16, 1950February 22, 2015
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Mark Timothy Meyer led a colorful and intense life. Known to friends and acquaintances as a friendly, energetic, empathic and decisive man, his compassionate nature would always shine through, revealing his charm and warm demeanor. He was kindhearted, gentle, and organized in what he sought to accomplish. Mark was a mentor, a natural “teacher” capable of seeing things clearly, leading others and bringing out the best in those around him. He sought harmony and peace. Mark was born on January 16, 1950 at the St. Theresa Hospital in Waukegan, Illinois. His parents were Jeanne & Henry Meyer. Mark was raised on Burgess Farm. When he was young, Mark's friends and family found that “straightforward” and “honest” were perfect words to describe him. Even as a child, Mark demonstrated strong qualities of self-confidence, perceptive ability, and was a natural entertainer and storyteller. Mark grew up with two siblings. He had an older brother Philip, a younger brother Brian (deceased), and a sister Dawn (deceased at 2 days old). Mark was involved in all sorts of activities with his family. He was even-tempered, taking care not to get in the middle of too many family conflicts. This quality served him well, and made him the peacekeeper of the family. Mark carried these traits into his adult life, which served as one of many reasons why family and friends found him fun and delightful to be around. Mark was a person who genuinely understood and cared for others, making and maintaining powerful connections with those he knew. As a young boy, Mark was imaginative, ingenious, clever, and a “novel” thinker. Regardless of whether his peers were older or younger, or came from different backgrounds, Mark could easily relate to other kids. He was an active child who took part in wrestling, track, and football. He was a hard worker on the farm. In his spare time he liked comic books and fishing. Mark's memorable achievements included much of the work he had done on the farm. However, to Mark, the most fun to be had was simply spending time with his many friends. During his high school years, Mark had a natural flair for cheering on and applauding just about everyone. He was constantly offering his support and encouragement to fellow members of the groups and activities in which he participated. He graduated from Salem Central High in 1968. He did well in school and genuinely enjoyed telling stories in a way that drew people to him. In this way, Mark had a talent for becoming the center of attention, a kind of social catalyst. Mark was often found to be the lead person facilitating a group activity, frequently filling the role of being “the life of the party.” Teachers and classmates knew Mark as an excellent listener. He placed a high value on learning and always understood that there was a new lesson to be grasped waiting for him just around the corner. The teachers he enjoyed learning from the most were Mrs. Vassler and Dorm Grams. He was the MVP in Football and Track. He also participated in Pep Club, Drama Club, the School Paper, C-Club, Letterman Club, Homecoming Court, and Forensics-Debating. Mark did well in college, as a result of his being intuitive and finely organized. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History. His favorite course was English, and his favorite professor was Dr. Bill Miller. He attended Lakeland Jr. College, but graduated from Carthage College. The skill of being a good communicator helped Mark immensely during his college days. He was comfortable with abstract ideas and theories and tended to thrive on the subjects that forced him to think. No matter what class it was, Mark was always highly perceptive and embraced the mental challenges that his college experience provided. Always considered a good friend, Mark sought to understand the things that others enjoyed. For this reason, Mark always seemed to possess a never-ending collection of acquaintances. Mark’s friends found him easy to know and get along with because of his talent for being socially at ease, adept at conversation, and amiable in his dealings with others. Mark would always seek to learn what his friends enjoyed, and he would go out of his way to make sure that their needs were met. Mark was seen as the type of person who was a gracious giver. In fact, he sometimes felt ill at ease when he was the one on the receiving end. Throughout his life he had many friends. While growing up, some of his best friends were Mike Wagner, Jim Eppers, Mike Tremonte, Todd Sanchez, and Don Ellingson. Later in life, he became friends with Gary Epping, Kathy Kofoed, Lisa Madden, and Julie Eridesen. Mark’s quality of being a caring and tolerant person who was accepting of others translated to being a good father to his child, especially later in life. Mark shared these values with his one child, Amanda Meyer. Mark related well to children of all ages and was able to connect to them on their level. The children always loved him, and he was devoted to them. Mark experienced success in his work life over and over again. His primary occupation was in high tech software sales. Mark always made the effort to understand what was needed at work, and was well known by his colleagues as a team player. Mark took pride in managing his professional responsibilities and seemed to always know what was necessary to successfully complete a project. Mark was one to take the initiative, and his skills at working cooperatively were highly valued. Mark continually sought to learn what his co-workers did well and how they were most effective, a talent that enabled him to help them develop their own potential. Because he was organized and methodical, Mark took great pleasure in his various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were riding his custom hog, working out, and writing. Mark enjoyed sharing his passions with others and could singularly focus on one hobby at a time. Mark derived much satisfaction from sports. Because he was so instinctive and could always grasp the big picture, Mark delighted in the strategy and inner workings of competition. In high school, Mark was involved in wrestling, track, and football. In his college years, Mark continued to stay active by playing football. His recreational sports included working out. Mark was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite teams' events whenever he got the opportunity. The top on his list was football (Go Packers!). Throughout his life, Mark was actively involved in professional and community organizations. With a talent for focusing in on exactly what was required to be completed, Mark was known to his peers as being able to strengthen any group endeavor. When called upon, Mark was a natural leader who created harmony and good relationships within the group, often putting his own needs aside. Mark’s involvement could easily help structure and organize any part of an organization. An added benefit was Mark’s ability to bring valued principles along with him. Throughout his later years, Mark was an active member of The Knuckleheads. Mark was well known to others for his ability to naturally and conscientiously move to action to help others, a quality that placed him as an active contributor to many community activities. Charismatic by nature, he was always viewed by others as someone who built bridges, connected people, and upheld his personal values. He served on numerous committees at Silverlake Community Baptist Church. Though he did not often do things solely for individual recognition, Mark was given accolades for his many and varied efforts throughout his life. If the truth were known, Mark was always a little uncomfortable with being singled out for recognition. One of his most prestigious accomplishments was his inclusion in The President's Club. Mark enjoyed traveling, and because he was so well organized, he would take on the responsibility of planning and scheduling family vacations. His gift for keeping things lively meant that vacations with Mark were always enjoyable. His favorite getaway was taking motorcycle trips. Mark was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Mark's favorites was Jackson, a Jack Russell. When Mark’s retirement finally came in December 1, 2013, he was well prepared. Being the focused and organized person that he was, Mark had taken care to plan for this part of his life. When that time eventually arrived, Mark knew exactly what he wanted to do. His new life involved relocating to a cabin on Canyon Lake in Texas to be closer to his daughter. In retirement, he found new pleasure in riding his motorcycle and spending time with loved ones. Even in retirement, Mark continued to stay in touch with his old friends and made plenty of new ones too. His most recent trip to visit loved ones past and present was a fond memory for him. Mark passed away on February 22, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas of an enlarged heart. He is survived by his daughter Amanda, his brother Philip, and his nieces Pamela and Megan. Services will be held at his cabin on Canyon Lake. Mark’s ashes will be spread near his cabin. Throughout his life, Mark was a gregarious and enthusiastic man. He was generous in sharing his personal attributes, giving and helping those he knew and loved. He would often fill the role of coach, bringing out the best in everyone. He was imaginative, original, tender-hearted, and fun to be around. Mark leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and cherished memories. Everyone whose lives he touched will dearly remember Mark Timothy Meyer.

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    Saturday, March 21, 2015

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Dakota Persinger

September 14, 2016

I never met Mark but I was fortunate enough to end up with his Harley Davidson V rod. After purchasing the bike and looked up the original name of the title. He seems like he was a great guy from all the comments. I'm sure he'd be happy to know that his absolutely beautiful head turning motorcycle is in good hands.

Anthony Timmermeyer

June 7, 2015

Anthony Timmermeyer

June 7, 2015

I am experiencing a lot of sadness inside, because, I was looking to visit my friend at Canyon. I called, his phone is disconnected, I emailed, no answer. I called the police department and they did not know of a resident by his name. I looked him up on line and ran across this. My heart is sad. I met Mark early 2008, while working for PepBoys as a Tech. One of the guys I worked with introduced him to me to see if I could do some body work on a white chevy truck he had at that time. I repaired his truck for him at my home in Georgetown Tx. I've moved a lot since then. Mark always kept in touch. The last I heard from him in person was January of this year asking when my next break would be to come have lunch with him. It hurts inside knowing that I won't be able to have that anymore. I enjoyed all of Marks stories about growing up on the farm and his traveling he did. I remember a body shop I was running in Round Rock, and Mark pulled up on his Custom Harley Davidson V-Rod Muscle. He loved that bike so much. He loved his family and friends even more. He would always tell me that I was his brother and encouraged me to chase my dreams. Throughout the last 7 years as having him as a really great friend/a brother, I would say. No matter how much time had passed between our meetings, we always picked up as if it were yesterday. Mark spoke of his family, but was very proud to have his daughter back in his life. He spoke a lot about her and loved to have the ability to help her and be a part of her life. I wish I could have met her and tell her how awesome her father is. I'm truely blessed to have had the moments I did with him. I know that Mark had some health issues that led him to his retirement. I was going back to school in 2013 and had to move to Austin as Mark was looking for a place to go. Mark had been my room mate for a while when I lived in Georgetown and was always welcome anywhere I was. I currently resided in a garage apartment behind a church in Jarrell Texas in exchange for cleaning and maintaining the grounds on the church premises. Since I was leaving for school, there was an opening. I offered it to Mark. He accepted it and moved in shortly afterward. Mark has a very pure heart. The church served him a eviction notice after a while of being there. Mark was limited to what he could do. God blessed Mark with his home in canyon lake. He was blessed with the man he was made to be and all that knew him were blessed to have him in there lives.
I'll miss him in the present and look forward to seeing him again on the other side.

Anthony 5128258263

bill werner

May 25, 2015

when I met Mark in Texas come to find that we were born in the same place in Illinois we started a great friendship I worked on his vehicles and we hung out a lot you definitely will be missed mark

Angela Clark

May 16, 2015

Mark walked into my shop August 2014 in full gear (as he'd rode in on his Harley). His appearance never let on that he'd become a great friend & mentor! He proceeded to spur me & my business into expanding & growing beyond my comfort zone - Thank You! He never asked for anything in return even as I asked him to help me start my Board of Advisors; he just gave & gave & gave & answered my calls any hour of the day or night! I feel so blessed to have even known this man a day! I feel he was an angel! You leave some amazing shoes to be filled. You are irreplaceable in so many ways, sir!

Don Ellingson

March 25, 2015

I knew Mark for many years and we were great friends during high school- I recall working with him on the school paper, going to his house and listen to humorous records [Smothers Brothers and Bill Cosby] and I was there when he had a tooth knocked out during a wrestling match at CHS. We remained friends but we lost touch for many years. Just recently we re-connected via email- and I sent him a birthday card just this past January. He wanted to visit Ireland and asked for my thoughts, as my wife Kim and I have been there and he was really looking forward to a trip there. I'll remember Mark fondly and wish I had been able to go to Ireland with him. We would have had a grand time!

DeAnn Phelps

March 22, 2015

The obituary written for Mark is beautiful. I met Mark in Austin, TX. I feel honored to have crossed paths with Mark. He leaves me with a world of wonderful memories. His integrity, warmth, love and kindness will never be forgotten. A day with Mark was always fun and filled with new adventures. I was touched when he included me in activities with Amanda. He always expressed his deep love for her. He was very proud of her and all her accomplishments. Mark will always be in my heart and never forgotten. I love you Markie. RIP my friend.

Julie Ericksen

March 20, 2015

Mark and I went to high school together...we laughed about the one date we had in high school that 46 years later I didn't remember! I was blessed to reconnect with Mark in October 2014 when I spent a week with him at his log cabin in Canyon Lake. We went for a couple of rides on his bike enjoying the scenery and lunch. He was a gracious host and very much a gentle man. I'm so grateful to have this memory. I still expect weekly emails from him.....my dear friend you are greatly missed. My heart goes out to his family, especially his daughter Amanda and his brother Phil. Love and hugs dear Mark.

Julie Ericksen

March 20, 2015

Mark and I went to high school together...we laughed about the one date we had in high school that 46 years later I didn't remember! I was blessed to reconnect with Mark in October 2014 when I spent a week with him at his log cabin in Canyon Lake. We went for a couple of rides on his bike enjoying the scenery and lunch. He was a gracious host and very much a gentle man. I'm so grateful to have this memory. I still expect weekly emails from him.....my dear friend you are greatly missed. My heart goes out to his family, especially his daughter Amanda and his brother Phil. Love and hugs dear Mark.

Julie Ericksen

March 20, 2015

Mark and I went to high school together...we laughed about the one date we had in high school that 46 years later I didn't remember! I was blessed to reconnect with Mark in October 2014 when I spent a week with him at his log cabin in Canyon Lake. We went for a couple of rides on his bike enjoying the scenery and lunch. He was a gracious host and very much a gentle man. I'm so grateful to have this memory. I still expect weekly emails from him.....my dear friend you are greatly missed. My heart goes out to his family, especially his daughter Amanda and his brother Phil. Love and hugs dear Mark.

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