Mark Alan Stinson

October 18, 1965June 1, 2018

Mark Alan Stinson, age 52, died peacefully Friday, June 1, 2018.

Born and raised in East Lansing, Michigan, to parents, Mary and Al Stinson, he was an outgoing and friendly person who dedicated his life to the love of dogs. Mark worked closely with his father to raise, train, and show dogs. He also tirelessly worked with several kennel clubs in the southern Michigan area. He took special pride in helping people with their dogs, working in friend’s kennels and frequently dog sitting for other breeders. He enjoyed time spent at dog shows, both as a handler and judge.

Survivors include his father and mother Al and Mary Stinson of Lawrenceville, GA, brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul and Kendra Stinson, Brian and Kimberly Stinson, and sister, Sarah Stinson of Prairie View, Wisconsin, and many close nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Purebred Dog Endowment Fund at Michigan State University (

A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 from 6:00-7:00 pm at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home located at 1730 E Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI 48823.


  • Memorial Visitation Wednesday, June 6, 2018

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Mary Meek

June 5, 2018

I will remember the many times we shared our space with Mark going to dog shows. He was the kindest, gentlest soul who so loved being a part of the dog show scene. He was my very good friend, owner of two of my puppies, and a part of our family. I will remember with joy the time we got to spend with him as my heart breaks for his loss. Prayers for his family at their time of loss. God Bless you Mark, I know you are now with him and all the furry companions who have been waiting for your return.

Penny Sleeth

June 5, 2018

Mark was our ring steward at many a Curly National. With all the chaos that goes on at a dog show, Mark always was the epitome of graciousness and had a wicked cool sense of humor! I have missed seeing him over the years and having pizza with him after the shows. He was a friendly, smiling face and always had something GOOD to say, no matter what. The world of dogs has lost a great ambassador and Mark will be remembered as one of the best.

Ann Stone

June 5, 2018

I have many memories when we were young of visiting our cousins in Michigan. We would camp out in the backyard and I loved wandering around that big old house and hanging out with our cousins and Grandma Grace. I can't imagine what it must have been like for the adults with 10 kids tearing around that house! We have a picture of a gathering at our house in Albert Lea when you came to visit. It tells quite the story with Al and Mary surrounded by all of us. I am so sorry about Mark and know that we are thinking of the family at this time of loss. Love Ann Stone(Phillips)

Lori Chapek-Carleton

June 4, 2018

Mark was such a gentle soul, helpful and friendly to all, and so knowledgeable about all things dog. With a quiet sense of humor and sharp intelligence.

Laura Burks

June 3, 2018

Mark was my classmate at Central School, Hannah Middle School, and East Lansing High School. He stands out as a person who had such a kind heart. Mark's love of animals and his passion for helping them is what I will remember most. I now can picture him at the Rainbow Bridge, meeting all of the animals he cared for and loved in life. I'm so sorry I will be out of town and unable to attend the memorial, but I will be sending loving thoughts your way. Mark made an impact on my life, and he will be fondly remembered.