OBITUARY

Mark Elling TEXMO

June 17, 1961February 12, 2021

Mark Elling Texmo 1961 – 2021 The family of Mark Texmo is deeply saddened to announce his passing on Friday Feb. 12th.

He is survived by his spouse Peggy; 4 children: Sarah, Steven, Scott and Gary; his brothers: Darrell, Rick, Ian, Erik and Rory, plus many loving nieces, nephews and extended family across Canada.

He was predeceased by his parents Anna and Jerry.

Mark was born in Manitoba and raised in Lac du Bonnet. He was the 2nd eldest of 6 boys born to Anna and Jerry Texmo.

Life was a riot on the farm, where the hijinks were never ending and a day filled with fun included chopping down a tree with the other 5 brothers in it, to give them a thrill-ride as it fell.

In 1977, Jerry moved the family to Port Hardy, BC where the boys resided into their teen years, and Mark started his automotive mechanic’s apprenticeship at Ed Klassen GM.

Mark then started his own family, married Shelley, and together they raised 2 boys of their own – Gary and Scott.

Seeking future opportunities, Mark moved his family to Merritt, BC where he started at the new GM dealership there – Brian Dafoe Motorcade. In Merritt, he fully enjoyed the abundance of wildlife and hunting opportunities. He was also active in the Men’s Rec Hockey league and body-building with his work buddies.

New opportunities took him to Kelowna where he was the Head Service Technician at Jacobson GM for many years. Following that, Mark returned to Merritt where he was employed at Murray GM, then seeking independence he started his own automotive repair shop with his dad – T & T Automotive in 1994. During these years he was actively snowmobiling, fishing and hunting moose, deer, grouse and more. He met and married Peggy and together they started their own family with their son Steven and daughter Sarah.

With Jerry’s impending retirement, they closed T & T, then Mark started at Tolko Industries in Merritt, where he finished working 9 1/2 years later when they closed. Mark still enjoyed hunting and fishing, searching for the elusive “Walter”, bonding with his nephews and kids while sharing his love of the great outdoors and the power and precision of his enviable rifle collection.

Photographs tell the story of Mark’s life-long journey, sharing fun-filled times with family and friends, forever in pursuit of the Great Out Doors.

A gathering of family and friends will take place when Covid restrictions allow.

Please share your kind thoughts and memories of Mark at www.MerrittFuneralChapel.com

“Nothing changes if nothing changes.”

Services

  • A Gathering of Friends and Family will take place when Covid restrictions allow

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Robert Phillips

February 24, 2021

My condolences on the passing of Mark. I grew up with the clan and i remember some of the crazy times we had playing around the homestead. I too remember the crow Tracey mentioned in her memorial. Rest in peace Mark.

Tracey Ramsay (Bellin)

February 21, 2021

Extending my most heartfelt condolences to Mark’s family and friends.
We used to ride the same school bus together down the dusty gravel roads near Lac du Bonnet. The hijinks and camaraderie of the Texmo boys was ever present and the school bus always came to life after the Texmo stop! The only girl in the clan of cousins, Georgia, has been my best friend for life so there has been many stories, photos and updates of all of you that she has shared with me over the years.
My stand out memory of Mark was him bringing a real black crow on the bus one time! If memory serves me correctly - it was a live crow. How envious we kids all were of this handsome lot of 6 young men, with hair tousled and wide grins, always teeming with energy as they clowned about. How lucky all of you are - cousins too - to have shared a life time of brotherly love with each other.
May each day bring a lessening of sorrow and peaceful reminders of your love for Mark - a love that will live forever in your hearts. 💕

Gavin Texmo

February 20, 2021

Still trying to process all the unexpected emotions this has brought up this week... You never really appreciate the impact your family has on you the way you do when they're actually gone. Big smiles, loud laughs, and tough love is how I would describe all the Texmo boys, and you embodied that perfectly in my mind, Uncle Max. I cherish all of the childhood memories I have, and I hope that I can live up to that reputation for my own nieces, nephews and children one day. Give our love to Mooma and Poopa, until we see each other again.

Georgia Valentonis

February 20, 2021

9 out of 10 cousins together! In Port Hardy, BC in 1985. Erik and Mark are crouching in the front.

Georgia Valentonis

February 20, 2021

Georgia Valentonis

February 20, 2021

Georgia Valentonis

February 20, 2021

Like our cousin Erik Sundstrom, I too remember lots of fun times as a kid at the Texmo’s in Lac du Bonnet. The boys showing us scary places in the basement and all kinds of hi jinx they would get up to! Unlike them trying to scare Erik S., the boys would shelter and look after me, their little girl cousin. They were all very chivalrous! 😉❤️
I hope you are now at peace Mark, together again with your beloved parents. I’m sorry we didn’t see much of each other in later years, due to distance. Family is always family though, and I will always remember you fondly, as a gentleman. ❤️❤️
Mark is the tallest in the photo...

Darlene Metcalf (Pott)

February 19, 2021

So sorry for your guys loss. I do remember when you guys lived in Lac Du Bonnet and my parents, brother Garry and I used to go to your guys house . Our parents would play cards and us kids would play. We had some fun times .

Terri Schwartz

February 18, 2021

Mark’s mother, Anna was my cousin. My sisters and I often babysat the boys during their time in Lac du Bonnet.
Later, when I became a teacher I taught Marc and his brothers at Centennial School in Lac du Bonnet.
Mark like all his brothers was lively, curious about everything and just nice to be around. They were all great kids.
When my husband and I purchased land down the road from the Texmos, the boys often came over to help us as we built our home.
We shared many pizzas and bottles of Pic-a-Pop during those times.
Darrell, Erik, Rick, Ian and Rory, please know that Bill and I are thinking of you at this sad time. Take care of yourselves and of each other.

Erik Sundström

February 18, 2021

I have many good memories of all my cousins, staying over at their place in Lac du Bonnet, having breakfast with them (which was a frenzied experience), playing with their dog Scout, etc.

Mark, however, made it especially interesting for me as he took the lead at getting me down in the basement with no lights on and scaring me with deer antlers and all my cousins had a good laugh about it. For me, it made me feel like another brother in the family.

I looked up to him when I was younger because he was the kind of guy who took charge of things and earned people's respect and at the same time was fair.

I am so sorry to have learned that he had succumbed to his issues. It is so true what his brother Erik said that he is no longer in any pain or distress. He is simply sleeping in the common grave waiting for the resurrection back to life which our creator Jehovah has promised. I will miss you for now cuz but we'll see each other again.

FROM THE FAMILY