Mark Stephen Haenchen

August 14, 1953December 10, 2010

MARK S. “FROST” HAENCHEN was born on the 14th of August 1953, in San Antonio, Texas and died on Friday, the 10th of December 2010, the same day his father died 5 years ago. A proud Texan, he leaves behind to celebrate his life his wife of 21 years, Elizabeth (“Peach”), his beloved 4 children, Joe, Tricia, Morgan and Jake, his brother, Michael and wife, Dena, and innumerable friends around the world. We are confident that he is safe and pain-free and in the presence of his Lord.

Frost touched so many lives. He was opinionated, mildly conservative, fun and fearless with a wicked twinkle in his eye. He was born, raised, educated and died in his beloved Texas. Frost was graduated from Trinity University in 1976 and then served in the United States Army and completed his duty as a Major in 1989 to pursue his studies in the law. He had old-fashioned values and fought for the American Constitution and the protection of its freedoms. A man of deep faith, he reminded us of what makes life so grand. Frost lived large.

After marrying his great love, Peach, Frost received his J.D. from South Texas College of Law and was so proud to be called a lawyer. He had insatiable curiosity and was always up for a conversation and debate, often no matter how late the hour. He travelled the world and was comfortable with kings and paupers, in mansions and in tents. He was a skilled rancher, and was passionate about his Ventana Ranch in the Texas Hill Country, where he had planned to retire.

The love and focus of his life was his family. He was fiercely proud of each of his children. He was incapable of seeing any of their faults and saw each of their missteps as opportunities. He took great pride in their accomplishments and supported them and Peach, his best friend, in every way he could. When trouble visited him, and life became hard, he still tried every day to express his deep love for his family.

Frost fought one day at a time and we all kept praying. Frost’s compassion for people, his dedication to causes, and his everlasting love for his family and his God made him irresistible to so many people. Today we celebrate who he really was and how well we were loved by him.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family on Tuesday, the 14th of December, from five o’clock in the afternoon until eight o’clock in the evening, at Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.

The memorial service honoring Frost’s life is to be conducted at two o’clock in the afternoon on Wednesday, the 15th of December, in the sanctuary of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer Road in Houston, where Dr. Tom Pace, Senior Pastor, is to officiate.

Immediately following the service, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the adjacent Hines Baker Room at the church.

The graveside service and interment is to be conducted at three o’clock in the afternoon on Thursday, the 16th of December, in the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, where Frost will be buried within sight of the resting heroes of Texas.

Honorary pallbearers include his oldest friend, Jim F. Tillson, Judge Cactus Jack Cagle, Marc Hill, Michael Bell, Judge Roy Moore, Mark Murray and Judge Joseph “Tad” Halbach, the ushers of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and the members of the HLS&R Steer Auction committee.

In lieu of flowers and customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions in Frost’s name be directed to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, Steer Auction Committee, P.O. Box 20070, Houston, TX, 77225-0070.


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, December 15, 2010
  • Visitation Tuesday, December 14, 2010
  • Interment service with Army Honor Guard Thursday, December 16, 2010

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Morgan Haenchen

January 26, 2015

As I walk the halls during my second semester at South Texas College of Law, I can feel my dad by my side. He smiles and chuckles when I misspeak during recitation and hugs me deeply when I become so impassioned about the law, I blush. He encourages me every day to honor the profession with honesty and perseverance. I find so much comfort in reading how loved and loving he was. Thank you all.

Tara Bowman

December 11, 2014

The days may seem long, the hours short, but the memory of a loved one is cherished forever in the minds and hearts of those who remember. I'm praying for your family and will always be here for you all.

December 10, 2014

Frost died four years ago tonight, and his dad, Joe Haenchen, died the same day 5 years before that. I see Frosty in the eyes of his children; how proud he must be watching them grow and how thankful I am that we had him to shape and advise and praise them while they were growing up. His legacy lives on. Thank you to everyone who remembers him well. Peach

Bill Ragsdale

August 17, 2014

Your note reminds me how much I miss you and Frostie's annual visits. Take care

August 15, 2014

Another year has come and gone. Happy birthday, Frosty. We think of you so often, and I see you in the children. We will always miss you.

Peach Haenchen

August 14, 2013

Happy 60th birthday to my dear Frosty. I can only imagine the party in heaven today! Our kids are all fine and we all smile when we think about you, which is often. We are happy knowing that you are at peace. To those who have left messages here, please feel free to email me.

Tricia Haenchen

July 22, 2013

My father's birthday is coming up and I am taking time to remember him. I just now found this online searching for memories of him. Thank you for all your kind words. They are greatly appreciated. Any stories you would like to share please email me at
Thank you so much,
Tricia Haenchen

Alexander Taranov

April 23, 2013

This is hard to know that Frost passed away. I can't believe it...
Dear Elizabeth, I'm really sorry...
Alex Taranov

Loren Jackson

July 5, 2012

I am sorry this is late, but Frost was full of life and believed in me when nobody else even knew me. I am grateful for him. He is at peace with our Creator.

Ian Cameron-Mowat

March 10, 2012

Dear Peach,

I served with Frost in 14 Signal Regiment, and like Mick Fogg I have just found out about his death. Frost was a fine man and a great friend, and I mourn his passing. With deepest sympathy,

Ian Cameron-Mowat