Mark Gregory Knodel

October 2, 1961October 11, 2016
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Mark Gregory Knodel, 55, passed away from a sudden illness and was received into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on October 11, 2016. Mark’s infectious smile, boundless energy, gentle spirit and love of life will be forever missed. Mark was a beloved son, a wonderful brother, a terrific father, a loving boyfriend, and a loyal friend to all of us who knew him. The last year and a half of Mark’s life was particularly blessed by his relationship with his soul mate, Maria…his “Baby Cakes.” Mark loved Jesus and had a strong faith. Mark’s reliance on Jesus and courage in the face of a terrible disease was inspiring to all of us.

Mark was born on October 2, 1961 in Nashville, TN. He graduated from Sam Houston State University in 1983 and spent his entire career in the financial advisory business in Houston, TX.

Mark is preceded in death by his mother, Jan Kindel. He is survived by his loving soulmate, Maria R. Moncada Jr.; father, Don Knodel; sons, Christopher Knodel and Casey Knodel; sisters, Jenny Sommer and husband Charles Sommer, and Kristin Martin and husband Richard Martin; nephews, Alex Sommer, Stuart Martin and Archie Martin; and nieces, Audrey Sommer, Mary Sommer, Kristen Martin and Melanie Martin.

The family would like to thank all of the medical staff at Memorial Hermann Hospital and MD Anderson for the care and love they showed Mark and his family. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Amyloidosis Research Consortium at are greatly appreciated.

There will be a memorial service to celebrate Mark’s life on Monday, October 17, 1 pm, at First Presbyterian Church of Houston, 5300 Main Street, Houston, TX 77004.

Arrangements under the direction of Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home, Houston, TX.


  • Memorial Service Monday, October 17, 2016

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October 24, 2016

A truly fine human being; a very capable and trustworthy financial adviser and, since 2007 when we first met in Houston, a good personal friend!! He will be dearly missed, not only by us; Jan & Anja Kamps - Houston / Middelharnis, The Netherlands

Tom Davis

October 22, 2016

I knew Mark as a teenager when his dad was coaching the Houston Angels. I had great memories of Mark's enthusiastic attitude and fun loving spirit. As I prepared for Angels games in the AstroArena he would "help" me by shooting baskets to be sure the floor was level, rims were right height, and the balls had enough air in them. I'm sorry to hear of his passing, but I'm glad to know that he put his faith in Christ.

S. Dan Schmiech

October 18, 2016

My son, Danny, and Mark were friends for about 40 years. They played high school and college basketball together and they worked for the same company for a while. In all of my many encounters with Mark, I was always impressed with his respectfulness, work ethic, positive attitude and sense of humor. My wife, Donna, and I are deeply saddened by his death. We'd like to send our condolences to the entire family. Our thoughts are with you during this sad and difficult period.


October 18, 2016

I'm shocked and saddened by Marks passing. I know he's with his mom and maker but his family misses him on earth. Give them the strength to move forward with life without him. Best of love to all

todd kimball

October 17, 2016

Don, Thoughts and prayers for you and your family at the difficult time

Rebecca urstad

October 17, 2016

Thinking of all of you with the incredibly sad news of Mark's passing. Sending peace and strength through this difficult time. Love to all of you!

Chip Green

October 17, 2016

We will miss you. You were a good man. I'm sorry we didn't see each other much these last few years. God bless

October 17, 2016

I did not know Mark as well as many who have responded, and I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of love for him. His Father, Coach Don Knodel was like a second Father to me so I am shocked and saddened by Mark's passing. He was greatly loved, and was surrounded by many caring family and friends. I am SO happy he knew Jesus as his Saviour because we all know where he is now. Thank you, God, for blessing us with Mark Gregory Knodel!!
Greg Williams

Rob Adams

October 16, 2016

Sad news. I attended Robert E. Lee High School with Mark and we played together on the Shamrocks from 69-73. Mark played tight end and in 4 years we lost only 3 games of which Mark played a large part. The 1973 Shamrocks won the Lions Bowl at Fun Stadium & the N.C.A.A. Championship. Great memories of Mark. Good man, he will be missed.

Rick Conti

October 16, 2016

I first met Mark years ago on the basketball court. His skills were undeniable, Dad must have taught him well. Then onto golf, and you could see his competitive spirit on the golf course, as well.
Mark was always encouraging me in both sports, as my skill level in those sports didn't come close to Marks. I tried to get him on the softball field, where I might have been able to compete with him, but somehow I think, or should I say know, he would have surpassed me there, too.
I remember having the Sweetwater hoops group out for a Father/Son games day in our back yard years ago, and even with 'ladder golf,' Mark had to do his best to win.
You could tell Mark won in life, too. The relationship with his family was obviously one of deep love. And this past year he 'lit up' whenever he spoke of Maria.
You'll be missed by all my friend, including this 'chief.'