Mark Allan Peterson

April 24, 1954October 9, 2020

Mark Allan Peterson, loving husband, father of three, and friend to many, passed away Friday October 9, 2020 at the age of 66 due to complications arising from treatment for lung cancer. It was a brief battle with cancer as he was only recently diagnosed and was finishing his second week of treatment.

Mark was born April 24, 1954 to Martin Peterson and Margie Foster. He graduated from Del Valle High School near Austin. On February 20, 1981, he married Dolores Eaves Peterson. Together they raised three children: Marshall, Tony, and Annalisa. After attending two years of college in Austin, he hired out with the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1974 and was promoted to Locomotive Engineer several years later. After a 46-year career in Houston, he was planning to retire from the Union Pacific Railroad early next year. He was an active Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen union member and served as a local chairman in Houston, Texas for several years. He was also a Master Mason in good standing with the local Masonic Grand Lodge of Texas Woodland No. 1157.

Outside of work, Mark enjoyed spending time with family, friends, and spoiling his two grandkids. Even with his crazy work schedule, he was still able to make friends with neighbors including the ones 3 streets over. When he was not chatting with neighbors, he enjoyed working around the yard and tending to his scrap metal collection in the back yard. He was avid fan of NASCAR, the Astros, Rockets, Texans, and University of Texas. He also enjoyed baking and always had baked sweets on hand. At Christmas, he was known for his homemade chocolate pecan pie and seafood gumbo. He also loved his pets and even suggested naming all five (3 cats and 2 dogs) as honorary pallbearers.

Mark was preceded in death by his father Martin and sister Ann. He is survived by his mother Margie, wife Dolores, three children: Marshall, Tony, and Annalisa, daughter-in-law Michelle, two grandchildren: Miles and Molly, his brother Doyle, his sister Terra. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

In accordance with Mark’s wishes, a funeral service will not be held. A celebration of life for family and friends will be held at a later date. He will be cremated and laid to rest at Simpson Cemetery in Kokomo, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you to donate to the Shiners Hospital for Children or your local animal shelter.


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JD Scott

October 13, 2020

Mark was an awesome coworker I will miss working with him. I wish the whole Railroad had Mark personality. Now I have no reason to go back to Spring Llyod Yard (no more cakes n cookies)😂. Rest In Peace Mark. Thanks for all you done for me

Marcan Parham

October 13, 2020

It was always great talking to my brother /G\

Herb Yambra

October 13, 2020

Mark, will be missed by many as he was a friend to all. I worked with Mark not only on the railroad but also worked very closely with him as a Union Officer. My prayers go out to Delores and the Kids along with the rest of his family.

Donna Pridgeon

October 13, 2020

Mark, Dolores and children are my family. They have been my comfort and protector for 30 plus years. Such giving and warm hearts I treasure. I always enjoyed the sweets that Mark and I always shared. Whatever I ever needed was never too much to ask. I will miss his warm smile and sincere love. Rest In Peace my dear friend and rock my Zachary for me until we all meet again!😘❤️

Laetetia Williams

October 12, 2020

I worked for Mark and Deloris for 6 years as a nanny when I first came to America. I fell in love with the family and remember Mark as a caring father and kind boss. I still smell the roasts he would cook on his days off. He was a hard worker and modeled a strong work ethic for his children. Rest in peace Mark. You were loved. I will miss you.

Betty Brown

October 12, 2020

I can still hear him greeting me “ Hey, cuz!” with a twinkle in his eye and a laugh in his voice!!! I am so sorry about his loss and will miss him greatly!! My heart is with you, Dolores, Marshall, Michelle, Tony and Annalisa!

Nathan Smith

October 12, 2020

Mark was one of my mentors at Union Pacific. His calm tone and light hearted sarcasm was instrumental as he trained me in our shared craft. He will be sorely missed. Prayers for comfort and healing.

Donny Young

October 12, 2020

Rest In Peace brother Mark.
I am happy to have known you and work with you at Loyd Yard.
I enjoyed our friendship and I pray that Gods Love fills the void you left with family and friends. That’ll Do Mark.

Gary Brown

October 12, 2020

Love you Mark, rest in peace brother.

rick hewitt

October 11, 2020

my memory of mark is nothing but good... i got to introduce him and dolores to one of the finest songwriters of our generation, guy clark... they came and picked me up to go to rockefellers ( i think.... dolores? ) for the gig ... it was in the late 70s or maybe early 80s by then


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