Mark H. DeKarske

December 13, 1954October 6, 2020

Mark H. DeKarske

On October 6, 2020 Mark Henry DeKarske, 65, of Rives Junction fell asleep in death at his home, surrounded by his loving family after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Mark was born December 13, 1954 to Henry and Betty DeKarske of Jackson, Michigan. He graduated Northwest High School in 1974. He was CEO and owner of Clarklake Machine, Inc., which continues to be a family owned business from 1981 through today. On June 29, 1973 he married Suzette Rose and together they welcomed 4 children into their loving home. Shannon (Jeremy) Torres of Leslie, Laura (Wyman) Armstrong of Battle Creek, Jennifer (Craig) Baker of Rives Junction, and Jeffrey (Rãchel) DeKarske of Midland. Two grandchildren Dallas and David Torres completed the family of 12 and brought much joy. Mark enjoyed woodworking and building furniture for their home. He also loved camping, fishing, and hosting at Sugarloaf Lake State Park, along with playing cards, especially with his family. He had the ability to know what card you were going to play before you did. He also enjoyed attending meetings with his family at various Kingdom Halls of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Mark was preceded in death by his father Henry in 2008 and brother Michael in 2012. He is survived by his mother, Betty DeKarske; an aunt, Priscilla Kastle; sister-in-law Debby DeKarske; sister Mary (Dan) Fletcher; brothers Matthew (Theresa) DeKarske and Martin-Joe (Rachel) DeKarske; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Due to the ongoing pandemic and because the family highly values the life and health of others, a memorial service will be held over Zoom video conference at a later date. The family will contact you with instructions for joining. To receive your invitation link please send your email address to


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Anthony Crabtree

October 8, 2020

So sorry to hear about Mark's passing. He was a good guy I've known for a long time we bowled together for many years. My condolences to the family rest in peace my friend 😢🙏


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