Mark Christian Gombert
February 11, 1969 – June 7, 2018
Mark Christian Gombert, 49, was taken too soon by his unexpected and aggressive cancer on June 7, 2018, he was surrounded by his loving wife, two children, brothers, sister, family, and friends. Loved ones that cleared the path for Mark were his parents, Christian and Sandra Gombert; his brother, Doug; and firstborn child, Wesley Benjamin Gombert. Mark is survived by his wife of 22 years, Karen; daughters, Jamie and Korey; brothers, Greg (Nancy), Russell (Judy), Paul (Aimee), and Eric; sister, Christy Van Steenburgh (John); nieces, Breeanna, Sandra, Addison, Kyndal, and Heather; and nephews, Bailey, Jeremy, Bryan, Tucker, and Austin. Mark loved his family fiercely. Not only would he give you the shirt off his back; but his pants, shoes, socks and underwear as well. He lived life to the fullest and he never met a stranger. Mark was also an avid offshore angler and captained his boat and team, Preventive Maintenance. As well as, a passionate hunter. He was accompanied always with many lifelong true friends. We are truly blessed to have had Mark in our lives. He has given us so many wonderful memories to cherish. His mortal body may be gone from us but his spirit will remain rocking in his Yellowfin. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2018 in, 401 Gun Club Rd, St Augustine, FL 32095 Arrangements by HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME OF MANDARIN, 11801 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32223. www.hgmandarin.com (904) 288-0025.
- Celebration of Life Saturday, June 16, 2018
Mark Christian Gombert
have a memory or condolence to add?ADD A MEMORY
receive updates when new memories are postedRECEIVE UPDATES
June 16, 2018
I am Debbie Alexander, Karen's sister in law, married to her brother Dion. I first met Karen in Woodland Park, Colorado, when she was about the age Jamie and Korey are now. My sister, also a Karen, lived in Woodland Park. I was there visiting my sister for the summer when I was thirty. She was on the women's softball team, so I joined the team for the summer too. As it turned out, Dion was asked to be the coach because his sister Karen was also on the team. So began a thirty-six year second marriage for both Dion and me. I had to return home to teach at the end of the summer, so Dion gave up beautiful Colorado and moved to Cincinnati with me.
We have visited Dion's family many times over the years, usually in Florida. We built a vacation home on Lake Norris in Tennessee in 2002 and decided to have everyone in Dion's family there for a week at Christmas. It was pretty much chaos with fourteen people from young baby to grandparents. I was trying to keep up with the nightmare of feeding everyone by making pies ahead of time before Christmas day. Mark decided he wanted to heat up some venison on the stove that he brought. He turned the burner on high and rejoined whatever current chaos was going on in the great room. My pies were also cooling on the top of the stove. Mark had mistakenly turned on the burner under one of the pies, not his venison. The glass pie pan eventually exploded, sending broken glass into the other pies. I made Mark and Dion drive to town to get more pumpkin to make new pies. Whenever we mention that Christmas, it is always remembered as the Christmas that Mark blew up the pies. It was also the last time that Dion' s family was all together, and despite the exploding pies, it was a wonderful week.
I am so sorry that I could not be there (I have a blood clotting disorder that makes it risky for me to fly or make long car trips.) Dion and I are heartbroken for you Karen, Jamie, Korey, and the rest of Mark's family and friends.
June 15, 2018
Mark was such a funny , great guy. He was a groomsman in our wedding and kept coming up to me all evening asking when he could take the monkey suit off.
Some of my fondest memories were our trips to the Keys when the kids were little . Although we had not seen each other in years , when we ran into him and Karen , it’s like time never passed . We were blessed to have that friendship . Wishing comfort and peace to Karen, Jamie, and Korey, and Mark’s family and friends .
June 14, 2018