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Ted Dickey Funeral Home

2128 18th Street, Plano, TX

OBITUARY

Mark Joseph Haley

September 10, 1964June 10, 2020
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Mark Joseph Haley was born in Boston, MA. Sept 10, 1964, but the family relocated to Dallas, Texas in 1969. Mark passed away at T. Boone Pickens Hospice Center in Dallas on June 10, 2020.

Mark was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor the day after he graduated from Plano Senior High in 1983. He was a photographer for the school paper and loved photography. Unfortunately, the surgery and radiation damage stole his ability to take photographs anymore. He struggled over the next 37 years from the effects of both the tumor and the radiation treatments on both his body and spirit.

Through it all, he maintained his sense of humor, and you could always count on him to cheer you up with funny jokes or world-class pranks. When he could no longer take pictures, he decided to take up clowning, balloon making, and magic acts. He loved bringing joy to people everywhere, especially children, and often made balloons for birthday parties and then for his friends at McKinney Direct Care Services where he spent the last 2.5 years of his life. We will all miss his non-stop stories and antics.

Mark was staunchly protective of his family, especially his sisters, even though he also tormented them. He was large in life being 6'3", but he had a generous and loving heart. Our family was truly blessed to have him around as long as we did. He had a very hard life, but he embodies the saying, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith".

Mark is survived by his parents, Dick and Peggy Haley, his older brother, Rich, his older sister Laura (Joe) Barrett, his younger sisters Joanne (Gary) Lawton, and Susan (David) Kassen, as well as 5 nieces and nephews.

A memorial mass will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Plano, TX on June 20, 2020, at 12:30 PM officiated by Msgr. Leon Deusman.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to McKinney Direct Care Services, 2414 W. University, McKinney, TX 75071; The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Building Fund, the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton St. Vincent DePaul Fund, or a charity of your choice.

To live stream the Mass please use the following link.

https://youtu.be/EBs9Xc6HqF4

Services

  • Memorial Mass

    Saturday, June 20, 2020

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Eduardo & Maria Teresa Ugarte

June 20, 2020

We met Mark about a year ago when we started to take Holy Communion to him, and what was beautiful was his reverence and hapiness to receive the Lord, it was at the end of his bussy day but he was always happy to see us! May he rest in peace. Peggy and Dick our Love and prayers are with you!

Betsey MacKay

June 20, 2020

So many fond memories of Mark and the rest of my family in Texas. I wasn't with them for most of the time but life thru pictures, phone calls and memories helped. I know Mark is in a much better place and now there are no complications--his life is whole again. I will miss you, Mark. You are truly a special person!

Sue Miller

June 20, 2020

Mark was a special person. When we moved into the neighborhood of Hacienda, he was the first person to call on us. He stopped by while the movers were still there to see if he could help.
Over the years, he became a friend to my Mom and Dad. He would often bring flowers to my mother, such as Magnolia blossoms from someone's tree. He would do odd jobs and run errands in the neighborhood.
Although they have both passed now, he will be missed by many.
Sue, Ralph, Tina and Everett

Karen Guenther

June 19, 2020

Mark was a photographer for the student newspaper at Plano Senior High School when I was in my first years of teaching and advising the newspaper. He was a true joy to have in class because he was a student I could always count on to complete an assignment and help others. He went above and beyond to make sure the darkroom was in order. Over the years I heard from Mark from time to time and he always shared a class memory. Recently, I have wondered how he was doing. I know his family will miss his antics and wonderful sense of humor and my heart goes out to them.

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