Mark Edward Thornton

September 6, 1964May 14, 2018

Mark Edward Thornton was born September 6, 1964 in New Orleans, Louisiana and passed away May 14, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. He was a graduate of Richland High School’s class of 1983 and graduated in 2004 from Park University, Cum Laude, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.

Mark proudly served his country in the US States Air Force from 1984 to 2004 and retired after 20 years of devoted service. Upon his military retirement he began a career with the City of Fort Worth. He loved riding his Harley across the country and was part of the American Legion riders Post 569. He also served as the Secretary with the American Legion Post 569 for years.

Mark loved his family, country music, golfing with friends, motorcycles, barbequing with friends and family in the backyard and college football.

His laugh was contagious and would always help someone in need.

He is survived by his daughters, Susan Taylor and Alison Vrba and husband, Todd; parents, James Thornton Sr. and Margaret Thornton; brothers, James Thornton Jr. and his wife Cindy and Jason Thornton; girlfriend, Ana Lebron; best friend and dog, Moose and several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Join the family for a Celebration of Life at 12 pm, Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 7015 Brooks Avenue, Richland Hills, Texas. The gathering will be to share favorite memories of Mark and enjoy delicious food. If you wish to help, please bring a side dish.


  • Susan K. Taylor, Daughter
  • Alison and husband Todd Vrba, Daughter
  • James Thornton Sr. and Margaret Thornton, Parents
  • James and wife Cindy Thornton Jr., Brother
  • Jason Thornton, Brother
  • Ana Lebron, Girlfriend
  • Numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and best friend and dog, Moose.


  • Celebration of Life Sunday, May 27, 2018

Mark Edward Thornton

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Jason Thornton

July 4, 2018

Mark was my touchstone for years, his service was an inspiration to me and my view of those who served this country with honor. On his daughter's wedding, after the reception in the barn was long over we sat at the barn door and talked till the wee hours discussing life and love and everything between. As the youngest I was always years behind my brothers, their stories we're legend to me growing up, this was the first time I felt like I connected to him on my level, drunk as Lords and celebrating an amazing day. I can still hear his voice in my head, and in that fact I feel like he's still close to me. I miss him in a way that I have a difficult time expressing in words.

Jason Thornton

Donna Mulcahy

May 16, 2018

Mark was my first date and the first guy to ever hold my hand. We were sixteen and went to see Clint Eastwood's ANY WHICH WAY YOU CAN. Mark was the cutest guy in the theater and I felt like the luckiest girl.

Bebe Dickson

May 16, 2018

Mark had a sense of humor that made him irresistible. One of my favorite memories was when his daughter Ali got married at the family farm. That day was full of love and laughter. Don't think I saw him smile any bigger and he was so proud of her. It was a joyous day for all his family.

My heart goes out to all of his family, Mom and Dad, Margaret and James, his brothers Jason, and James Jr. and his sister-in -law Cyndi. May his daughters find strength in the days to come and comfort in the memories they share.

Mark had many friends and all that knew him, loved him.

May the joy that Mark shared always be within your heart and know that he is with you.

My condolences to all who's lives were touched by him. He will truly be missed by many.
Love to all, Bebe