Mark Thomas Harman
September 15, 1983 – July 27, 2019
Mark Thomas Harman, 35, of Dallas, Texas, left this world on July 27, 2019. He was born in Dallas, Texas on September 15, 1983. Mark graduated from North Mesquite High School and received a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD).
Mark was a life saver and caregiver in the truest sense of the word. It was his gift to the world. He worked as a Paramedic for Acadian Ambulance Services, seeing people at their very worst on a daily basis and giving them hope for recovery. With that medical experience, he took healing to the next level when he invented the Atlas Foam Roller. He truly believed that was the best way to get rid of simple, everyday aches and ailments to help people live a more stress-free life. He also helped people heal through his stretch therapy classes. It fulfilled him to know he was making a difference.
He was a gentle giant, often coming across as large and confident but hardwired to problem-solve and help. He was sharply in-tune with others’ needs, especially one-on-one, and had a genuine desire to do good and leave this world a better place than he found it. His faith in God was a true source of comfort for him.
Mark was a beloved son and brother, a friend, an uncle, a coworker, an athlete, a healer, a creative, an inventor, a lover, and a fighter. We’ll miss his compassion, sense of humor, tough love, thoughts on how to live a healthier life, drive to be a better person, and passion for all the things he cared for so deeply.
He was survived by his parents, Tom and Sharon Harman; his siblings, Michael Harman, Stephen and Robyn (Stroud) Harman and their children Ethan and Ben, and David and Rebecca (Mattingly) Harman and their children Augusta and Elias; his Grandparents, Travis Harman and Patricia Harwerth; and over 50 aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by grandparents Bobbie Jo Montgomery, Mary Harman, and Robert Harwerth, Jr.
Visitation and prayers will be held on Sunday, August 4, from 7:00 - 9:00 PM at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Garland, TX. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, August 5 at 10:30 AM St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Garland, TX followed by a brief luncheon in the parish hall. Private burial will follow for immediate and extended family at Sacred Heart Cemetery.
You can honor Mark's life by reaching out to someone who is struggling, by helping others heal in any way, and by fearlessly pursuing your passion in this world.
- Visitation Sunday, August 4, 2019
- Funeral Mass Monday, August 5, 2019
- Reception Monday, August 5, 2019
Mark Thomas Harman
August 12, 2019
I "met" Mark on FB. We had two things in common: Emergency Services and we were both entrepreneurs. I loved hearing how enthusiastic he was with his foam roller and his determination to get it really going and finding a place to open to help others with their aches and pains. He recently shared a post from my FB page and it meant the world to me coming from him, a virtual stranger who had a FB friendship uplifting and encouraging , offering advice, and intelligent conversation. There will be an empty space for him with a light burning in the middle for him, his heart. "To know that one life had breathed easier because you had lived...THAT is to have succeeded! (Bessie Anderson Stanley) Forever in my heart,
August 5, 2019
Mark was a wonderful person. I only got to work with him a handful of times but I saw him a lot in passing. He was one of the best medics and had one of the biggest heart. Mark I hope you are flying high and sharing that big heart of yours in heaven. We got it from here bud rip. I
August 4, 2019
I met Mark over ten years ago inside of Texas gym. I've exercised with Mark for years and then I didn't see him for some time, we reconnected online and shortly many topics about society found ourselves interested in the same information . Then in 2016 I ended up in the hospital and Mark came to see me at Parkland. I appreciate mark presence that day especially since I was alone in the hospital. Mark to me was about the truth and the truth represent love. I admired Mark courage speaking his truth, raising awareness on important topics in our society. Mark is a Maverick who I could connect with and I am thankful to have cross paths with him. I am very inspired by his growth over the years and even tho he has left the body, I know he is with us because we are him and he is us.
Christy Alexander (Walker)
August 4, 2019
Tom & Sharon,
So sorry to hear of the loss of your son.
Our prayers are with you and your family.
Love, Christy and Stan Alexander
James and Alice Simpson
August 3, 2019
Mark was such a gentle loving soul. Praying for your entire family. May God hold each and everyone of you in your grief and terrible sadness. — May the perpetual light shine upon him. Love your brother and sister in Christ, James & Alice Simpson.
Ron and Sandy Lambeth
August 2, 2019
Tom/Sharon and family,
Ron and I are so sorry for your loss. We loved Mark and have so many memories of our families getting together for scouts and school. We love ya'll.
Bishop Robert Coerver
August 2, 2019
My heart is breaking for your entire family. Be assured of special remembrance in my prayers at this most difficult time.
+Robert M. Coerver
Bishop of Lubbock
August 1, 2019
I didn’t think I had many memories with Mark until it hit me the other night. It was probably 6 months ago he told me how he had started fixing Birds. Of course I had just gotten off shift and was extremely tired, I thought he meant actual birds, like pigeons... He played along and it wasn’t til the end of the conversation he laughed and explained he meant the new scooters around Deep Ellum. A few weeks after I got off work and saw a white car that had led lights on its roof and realized it was his car carrying a-bunch of those scooters. It may not be much but he always did have a way to get people to smile or laugh.
August 1, 2019
For many years, while Mark was growing up, we carpooled together. Mark was a quiet child, but very inquisitive and very curious always. He got along well with the rest of the kids, but was never one to be too gregarious...Mark was just a cute, quiet and friendly little boy. I'm impressed with how much he accomplished as a young man! I wish I had the right words to comfort you and the boys and the rest of the family. Just know that I care and I love all of you. We want to help and support you in any way you need, just as you have always done for us. Sending all our love and prayers, Aurora and the Tinajero Family
August 1, 2019
Tom & family we were very sorry to hear of your loss. Know our family is praying for your family. Keep God close.
Taylor de Leon
July 31, 2019
Mark, you were a breath of fresh air. You lit up the room when you walked in. Your vibrant personality will stay in my heart. RIP!
Taylor de León
Cortland Bryan Place
July 30, 2019
Remember the day Mark was born. He was born almost 1 year to the date of our 2nd child, Rachel. We spent many days over at their home - not sure , which son taught both Michelle and Rachel to ride a bike without training wheels, but they were delighted and so proud of themselves after they mastered what the big boys were doing! Such a precious spirit Mark had. Our hearts are in deep grief and share in the Harman family incredible sorrow. We know he is in the arms of Christ , but the pain is so real and he will be missed forever. Look so forward to that great day of reunion with him in our eternal home, with our Lord and Savior Jesus