OBITUARY

Mark Daniel Villarreal

December 16, 1980July 15, 2018

Mark Daniel Villarreal, age 37, unexpectedly claimed his inheritance as a sinner, saved by grace through the blood of Jesus Christ on July 15, 2018. There is no more grief, pain, loneliness, nor any struggle. Forevermore, he will bask in the love, peace and joy of his Lord and Savior. Mark was preceded in death by his loving mother, Sharon Villarreal; grandparents, Santiago and Juanita Villarreal, Donald and Leola Eubank; and his aunt, Virginia Swift. He is survived by his father, James Villarreal of DeWitt. Extended family, Bob (Teresa) Villarreal, Mary, Matthew (Emily), and Camila, Rebekah (Daniel) Kochan. Nancy Eubank (Steve Edler) and Brigette (Andrew) Mason. Cathy Jo (Robert) Deer and Brie. Gary (Nancy) Swift, Stefan, Erica and Cameron. Mark began his life as a full-term baby weighing less than two pounds with an extended stay in the neonatal intensive care unit at Sparrow Hospital. The ramifications of his low birth weight and prenatal anomalies made it difficult to navigate through some of life’s expectations, hopes and dreams. He was homeschooled and during his high school years was a proud member of the state championship Lansing Crusaders basketball team, with one game logging 11 of 11 three-point shots. He traveled with his friend and teammate, John to Colorado to participate in the national tournament and sank 27 consecutive three-pointers during practice. He excelled at tennis and participated in recreational baseball. Mark maintained longstanding relationships with his friends and their families, especially John, Michael, and Christopher. Computer gaming, cooking, listening to music, playing the drums, singing, as well as painting were the activities Mark most enjoyed. He was well-read in history and politics and could provide anyone with an evidenced debate. Mark had a keen interest in professional and collegiate sports with an incredible memory for names and statistics. Mark was generous with his time and money, nonjudgmental, polite, and had a sweet disposition. It was not unusual for him to have lengthy conversations with his mother or grandmother. Mark was a source of comfort to his mother for many years as her health declined becoming a caregiver, physically and emotionally. He was most recently a Lansing area Uber driver providing safe travel to an interesting, varied population. The sound of his voice, his sarcastic jokes, playful nature with his dog, Mai, and an enthusiastic Star Wars fan are no longer available to enjoy. He passed as a young man with an old soul and will be dearly missed. Thank you, Lord, for our time together. Graveside service July 25, 11 a.m. at DeWitt City Cemetery.

Services

  • Graveside Service Wednesday, July 25, 2018
REMEMBERING

Mark Daniel Villarreal

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Thom Yaksich, RN

July 25, 2018

Positive healing thoughts & prayers to Mark's Family & Friends.
I hired into Sparrow's RNICU in July of 1980 and remember taking care of Mark & his Family when he first entered into this world as a very small infant. Some infants & their families have a way of staying in the hearts of the nurses that provided their care, & Mark was one of those babies for me.

Such a handsome young man, and although saddened by his passing, I am Proud of the accomplishments that he made in his short life, & the fun loving, caring young man that he turned out to be. Many people do not accomplish this without any disadvantages in their lives. I am thankful that God had a hand in our lives crossing & allowing me to be a part of his rough start. I only wish that we could have met later in his lifetime because I am sure that we would have become good friends.

May you rest in the arms of our Lord & Savior for the rest of Eternity

doug & linda Fulk

July 23, 2018

Jim, Linda and I want you to know you and your family are in our prayers and are saddened by your lose.

Nancy Eubank

July 21, 2018

Dear Mark,
As your aunt, I have been reliving those happy memories of you visiting me in Los Angeles at the beach, sports games, Disneyland, and your delight in going to In and Out Burger. You navigated the best you could through a difficult maze of circumstances and expectations. Hopefully, at some point, we will be able to retrieve some of the lost answers to ease our minds and hearts. I find tremendous comfort knowing you are surrounded by the loving warmth of your mother and the Holy Spirit. Now you can be whole, happy, and free...

Darryl and Rose Schmitz

July 19, 2018

Condolences to Jim and the entire Villarreal family during this difficult time, with prayers for comfort.

Nancy Swift

July 18, 2018

Mark, you will be forever missed. Holidays will NEVER be the same without you and your cooking. You were more than a cousin, you were more of a brother to us. You have given my children much joy hanging out with you. You took such good care of your family and especially Mia. Seeing the two of you always brought a smile to my face. Some of the best memories I have are being up at the cabin in the UP with all us family and friends. And I will miss our talks. You will forever be in our hearts and missed dearly. God certainly has received another angel. Until we meet again.

Erica Swift

July 18, 2018

A couple favorite memories of mine are when Steffan and I were younger we would always go downstairs to play your drum set and guitar with you. And watching you actually play them instead of just hitting random drums or strings obnoxiously like we did. And how into music you were. Or when you and my dad use to see who could eat more on Thanksgiving or Christmas. Plus you were an awesome cook! ❤️ I will always cherish those memories. I love and miss you Mark! Forever in my heart along with Aunt Sharon ❤️

FROM THE FAMILY