Mark Anderson Gibbs

September 17, 1954November 14, 2020

Mark Anderson Gibbs, age 66, of Kansas City, Missouri, went to be with the Lord at 6:01pm on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

He was a well-respected, beloved and devoted son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and true friend, who will long be remembered for his warmth, loyalty and strong character. Mark enjoyed life to its fullest-from family gatherings and vacations, to overnights with his grandchildren Jack and Grace, to dinners and trips with friends, playing golf and basketball and attending Chiefs and Mizzou games. His life was cut too short, when just two weeks prior to leaving us, he was officially diagnosed with pancreatic cancer that had metastasized to his liver. Mark was a strong man, who met challenges head-on, but he was not given the time to undergo an aggressive treatment plan to beat this deadly disease.

Mark was the oldest child born to Charles A. and Ada Lee Gibbs in Mexico, Missouri on September 17, 1954, and later, moved with his family to Kansas City in 1963. In 1973, he graduated from Truman High School in Independence, Missouri, where he played Varsity football and basketball. Mark attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. It was there, that he developed the strong life-long friendships that he so enjoyed right up until he passed away. One of his proudest accomplishments was serving as the fraternity’s Rush Chairman. He loved this role, that of working to strengthen Zeta Phi, a brotherhood that had given him the leadership skills he would benefit from throughout his life. Mark enjoyed participating in intramural sports and Greek Sing, attending Beta social events and of course, supporting Mizzou athletics. He graduated from the Business School in 1977 with a BS in Marketing.

Upon graduation, Mark accepted a position with Yellow Freight System, Inc. in Kansas City. Throughout his career at Yellow, he held several positions until becoming the Manager of Real Estate, leading the department for many years. In 1997, Mark joined Burr & Temkin, a national real estate brokerage firm specializing in transportation facilities. As a Principal of the company, he focused on the Southwest region of the United States and recently served as CFO. Over the course of his career, he was active in industry and community organizations. He held the positions of Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary for the Terminal Properties Exchange; Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Secretary for Community America Credit Union’s Board of Directors; Board Member for Community America Credit Union’s CUSO and a member of the Marketing Advisory Board of the University of Missouri-Columbia’s Marketing Department.

In 1978, Mark married Patricia A. Hollocher whom he met while at Mizzou. Mark and Pat were blessed with 42 wonderful years together. She survives, along with their “best accomplishments,” two sons; Matthew (Kate), their children (Papa’s pride and joy) Jack and Grace; son, Andrew; mother, Ada Lee Gibbs; brother, Jeff Gibbs (Kristi); niece Kate Gibbs; nephew Lee Gibbs; brother-in-law, Mark Hollocher; niece, Kelley Schaub; sister-in-law, Karen Melton (Edward); nephew, Ed Melton; nieces, Cindy Yearout, Laurie Ahlers and Kristi Hickam; aunt, Sue Barnes and cousins, Teresa Barnes and Debbie Harper. Mark also leaves behind so many wonderful friends, who were like family to him. Preceding Mark in death were his father, Charles A. Gibbs and his grandparents, Francis and Erma Beatty and Loran and Gladys Gibbs.

Mark’s family would like to thank the many doctors and nurses in Oncology, Emergency and ICU at the University of Kansas Medical Center, who tried with their expertise and compassionate care, to do all they could, to save his life.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, funeral services will be restricted to immediate family only. A “Celebration of Mark’s Life” will be planned for a future date.

The family requests no flowers. If you would like to honor Mark’s memory, please consider a contribution to one of the following: One of the many bright spots in Mark’s life was his affiliation with the Beta Theta Pi fraternity at the University of Missouri. A memorial scholarship has been created in Mark’s memory. Donations may be sent to the “Mark A. Gibbs Memorial Scholarship”, c/o The Zeta Phi Society Foundation, Inc., 39 Berkshire Drive, Richmond Heights, MO 63117. Online contributions can be made via Venmo @ZetaPhiSocietyFoundation. Please indicate that donations are for the Mark A. Gibbs Memorial Scholarship. -OR- KU Endowment, 3901 Rainbow Boulevard, Mail Stop 3012, Kansas City, KS 66160, to benefit Pancreatic Cancer Research. Online contributions may be made at (Please indicate that donations are for the Mark A. Gibbs Memorial)


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Michael Pollard

November 30, 2020

Pat and Gibbs boys. I was just so stunned and saddened to hear about Mark's passing. Although we met professionally, I considered Mark to be a very good friend as well. Mark and I worked together at Yellow for a long time , and then continued to work together with he and Dave at Burr &Temkin. I will ALWAYS remember Mark for his infectious sense of humor and his smile, and his professionalism. I will keep the family in my prayers and trust that God will surround you with his loving embrace.

candice greathouse

November 25, 2020

I am deeply saddened by Mark's passing,.

As a part of the office staff at Burr & Temkin, I truly enjoyed my years working for Mark. He was obviously in charge, but he always treated me as an equal respectfully considering my participation as a team player.

Mark always seemed "larger than life" to me, with a charisma that drew people to him. He will be sorely missed by all who were lucky enough to know him.

John Morgenson

November 24, 2020

Mark Gibbs was the first person I met when I arrived at the Beta house for our freshman year in 1973. We quickly became fast friends, along with his Truman High brothers, Mark Cordes, Talkin Johnny Franklin, and 42 format able pledges. The next five years built bonds that have lasted close to 50 years. In the next chapter of life, Mark, Pat, Matt and Andrew were such great examples of how family works. Mark was a night owl and so we had many late night conversations. These talks built an even stronger bond that I know many of his friends had as well. My memories of and with Mark, are forged in my memory forever. He was the Rock in the groups we ran with, he was the gate keeper of responsibility when we were irresponsible. We will never forget his strength, his love for his Mother Eda and family, his competitiveness, and his kind heart. He was the total package!
Love you, Mark and Pat. Joyleen and Morgy

Michael Saunders

November 23, 2020

Pat, Laura and I were devastated to hear the awful news of Mark's sudden passing. I am proud to say that I had the honor of knowing him. I know that no words can ease your loss right now, but nonetheless, I want to offer thoughts and prayers to you and the entire family. Love, Satch and Laura

Jim & Ann Reed

November 23, 2020

Ann and I love Mark with all our hearts, and we can hardly believe he is no longer with us. Of course we will carry him in our hearts for an eternity. Likewise, we will always be reminded of him through our love for Pat, Matthew and Andrew. We do share your grief and we also share in the great memories we have as Beta brothers in -kai- and friends of the greatest kind. Mark was one in a million. We are so blessed to have known him and been his friend.

Deborah Gillespie Mitchell

November 23, 2020

Pat, you probably don’t remember me, but I remember you and Mark. I am so sorry to hear this news. I so enjoyed working with Mark at Yellow before I left to get married. He was fun, bright, cheerful, and, of course, cute to the max. The world is worse without him. I hope you and your family will find peace. ❤️ Debbie Gillespie Mitchell

Jim Kemmerer

November 22, 2020

Pat, Matthew & Andrew,

I can't say enough nice things about Mark as a man, as a friend and a business partner. Truly one of the best guys I have ever known. I am sure he was also an amazing husband, father, and grandfather. He was VERY proud of his family. His amazing life was cut short by this terrible disease and he will be missed by us all. I cannot imagine the pain of his loss or the emptiness left by his departure. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family as you move forward to heal.

Jim & Dolores Kemmerer

Kimberly Bultmann

November 22, 2020

I will never forget that Smile on Mark's face when we first met, his trademark! I know Mark will be missed dearly by his family and friends. My condolences to all of you. Memories will serve you well in this time of celebration of a wonderful son, husband, father, grandfather, and friends life. Gone but Never Forgotten. XOXO

Kris and Bret Devine

November 21, 2020

Pat and family we are so sorry for your loss! Mark was such a great guy! Hugs to all of you!
Love, Bret and Kris

Debbie (Newman) Jackson

November 21, 2020

I am so very sorry for your loss and deeply saddened to learn of Mark’s passing. He always smiled the entire time I knew him at Yellow and was a friend to us all. He was one of the good guys and I know God is enjoying Mark’s wonderful companionship now. Rest In Peace, Mark. You will be missed.


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