OBITUARY

Mark Crawford Wilson

July 13, 1943January 25, 2019

Mark Crawford Wilson passed away on Friday, the 25th of January 2019, in Houston. He was 75 years of age.

Mark descended from a long line of Texans, born in Beaumont to Alexine Crawford Wilson and Charles Brown Wilson of Clarksburg, West Virginia.

Mark is survived by his sister, Sara Wilson Carlson of Tulsa, Oklahoma; his nephews, David Hjalmar Carlson and Mark Crawford Carlson, also of Tulsa; and his niece, Stephanie Carlson Brennan of Jackson Wyoming. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Wilson.

Mark attended Beaumont public schools until his high school years when he entered Culver Military Academy. At the academy, Mark was a rider in the distinguished Black Horse Troop. His years and experiences at the academy played a pivotal role in Mark’s life. Mark also attended Thunderbird Academy in Arizona.

While attending school in Mexico City, Mark discovered and developed his passion for the Spanish and Portuguese languages.

Mark and his family enjoyed summers together in Boulder at the Colorado Chautauqua with a close community of friends and family that continues today.

Mark was a bachelor who enjoyed a social life with many friends. His interests were diverse and varied, and included country music, photography, reading, hunting and horses. His service on the New Hope Board gave him great pride and sense of purpose.

A memorial service and celebration of his life is to be conducted at four o’clock in the afternoon on Sunday, the 10th of February, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, where Dr. Linda Christians will officiate.

Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the adjacent grand foyer.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions in his name be directed to New Hope Housing at https://newhopehousing.com/donate/.

Services

  • A Memorial Service and Celebration of his Life Sunday, February 10, 2019
  • Memorial Service Sunday, February 10, 2019
REMEMBERING

Mark Crawford Wilson

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Buford Barr

February 14, 2019

I first met Mark when my family moved into his neighborhood just half a block away in 1949. We were close friends spending time playing around the neighborhood, bike riding, Boy Scouts, spending the night at each other’s homes. Mrs. Wilson, along with my Mother, took us everywhere. When he decided to go to Culver rather than BHS I was both disappointed and very impressed. While we lost close contact we did reconnect in Houston. I give Mark credit for keeping me in line and becoming a better person than I would have been without him. Mrs Wilson, Robert, and Sara were integral parts of our time together. Always sad to lose an exceptional person like Mark, but he made a difference to me and so many others. Hey buddy, let’s do it again. See you soon.

Thomas Howell

February 14, 2019

I knew Mark since were very young as our parents were friends. His father died when he was quite young, then my mother died when I was 19 years old. A few years later my father and Mark’s mother married. As a result, I renewed my friendship with Mark, and got to know his family. His mother Alexine was wonderful to my family, and they loved her in return. Moreover, we grew to know Sara and her family.

When my father who lived in Beaumont, would travel to Houston where he was being treated for cancer, Mark would meet him, ferry him around and sometimes keep him overnight.

He was a loving and caring person, and a terrific step-brother.

Thomas Howell

Harry Goodheart

February 11, 2019

Just heard of Mark's passing, and though we didn't keep in touch I have very fine memories of my old roommate at Culver...a fine guy who I wish I'd stayed in touch with better.

God Bless you, Mark, and your Family.

Harry

Ron McWherter

February 8, 2019

We will miss Mark. Mark and I were friends for over 30 years. We worked together in real estate and I enjoyed his company on many different occasions. He defined what is a good friend: Helped transition after a difficult divorce; drive you to and from the hospital when you could not drive; drive 3+ hours to a small NW Louisiana town to attend your mother's funeral; impromptu calls for dinner on way home from work; trips together quail or dove hunting. He shared himself with others in the same way. He was taken to soon, may God's grace and blessings be on him and his family. Ron McWherter

Joe Russell

February 6, 2019

Mark, or don Marcos as I called him, has been a dear friend to me for almost 56 years, starting at the Deke house in Austin in September, 1963. We have seen each other from time to time throughout all the years since then, and by phone we have traded advice and comradeship and we have always maintained a lively interest in each other's doings. We played all sorts of games, snooker, pool, tennis, ping-pong, and we were big fans of bouncing coins and kicking coins and throwing darts with our feet. He was a gentleman, and he appreciated elegance and erudition. He was always very generous. Although he has departed way ahead of schedule for my liking, he always lived life on his own terms and is now safely on to the next adventure. So long don Marcos, Adios.

Angelika Salazar

February 5, 2019

You don’t have to fully get to know Mark to see what a kind, joyous person he is. His smile and conversations are enough to light up a room. He came to the YMCA in Houston to swim often and was the single highlight of every morning. Conversations would range over how he was doing to shared interests of opera. He’s a light that is dearly missed and he has impacted me to reach out more to others and get to know them. If I could ask for anything, it would be more time to get to know him more and share a couple more stories. However, I will be thankful for what God has given me with him for I got to meet such an amazing person to begin with.

Ron Tigner

February 3, 2019

As a former pledge brother and then later as a roommate and then later as a Houston friend and fellow member of Palmer Episcopal Church, it was with great sadness that I received this notification. The college fun times and then Houston times are imbedded in my memory of Mark. The last time that I saw Mark was last year at a Deke reunion in Fredericksburg. I had no idea of his fading health. He and I always shared jokes, most not politically correct, but we both roared with laughter.

In the bonds, always,

Ron

Richard Wilson

February 3, 2019

Dear Family and Friends, especially Cousin Sara

My sincere and heartfelt condolences for Mark’s passing , a man most gracious and understanding.

He represented all the best of Clarksburg, WVa. derived Wilsons and Texas derived Crawfords. I first met Cousin Mark when visiting his family in Beaumont, we both being about ten years old. From playing cowboys to exploring the old “haunted house” down the street we became life long friends.

He then came to Clarksburg as a young lad of sixteen, was escorted by his deceased father’s three brothers, one of which was my father John, with Mark representing his father Chuck on a tour of ancestral hills.
I understand they rode up a ski lift in high summer. That might be as good a metaphor for Mark’s exuberant personality as any. We both sure raised the roof that visit.

We became closer as we aged, e-mail kings, personally visiting during childrens’ weddings, trading wonderful stories of growth and family.

God Speed Mark

- Ricky

Dub Sullivan

February 2, 2019

To Sara Carlson, all Mark's relatives and friends,
It has been many years since I've had the pleasure of visiting with Mark when we both worked in Real Estate. I have fond memories of him and will always remember him as being smart, soft spoken, having a wealth of knowledge and interesting stories on many subjects, often funny and being very generous.... One time he gave me the key to a small house he owned with a few others for Antique Weekend in Round Top... my girl friend at the time was impressed. May cherished memories help ease your heartache, and may Mark already be in the Loving Arms of Our Lord
Most sincerely,
Dub Sullivan

Caroline Wilson

February 2, 2019

Cousin Mark captured my heart a few years back when he attended my wedding. Mark was the life of the party - dancing with my friends, singing with the band - he made the day so much fun! Sharing in your sadness as you remember Mark. What a marvelous man!