Mark Alan Ash

February 22, 1953February 21, 2011

Mark Alan Ash, 57, passed away on February 21, 2011 in Raleigh, NC. He was born on February 22, 1953, in Phoenix, AZ and grew up in Louisville, KY.

Mark attended college at Harvard University where he met his wife Sarah, and he went on to receive his law degree from the University of Virginia. A respected attorney specializing in commercial litigation, Mark practiced law in Raleigh for more than 20 years and was admitted to the American College of Trial Lawyers. While law was his career, Mark’s passion was flying. He was a commercially rated pilot who logged more than 4,000 hours in everything from aerobatic biplanes to twin engine transports. He will be remembered by his family, friends and colleagues as a gifted writer, caring mentor, dedicated friend, and loving husband and father.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah, his son Samuel and wife Katie of Seattle, WA, and his daughter Rachel of Raleigh. Mark will also be missed by his parents, father Ralph Ash of Prescott, AZ, his mother Martha Crume Ash of Raleigh, his brother Jeffrey and wife Jeanne Binder of Raleigh, and the family’s close friend Georgina Lalli of New York, NY. Mark was preceded in death by his brother Steve.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, February 26, 2011, at the Cox Aerodrome, 1616 Hwy 64 West, Apex, NC 27523.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Children’s Flight of Hope,, in memory of Mark. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home at Raleigh Memorial Park, Raleigh, NC.

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Karl Lange

September 6, 2011

Sorry to get word of the pssing of Mark. It has been many years since we talked. I wish you all the best God has to offer.

John Kennedy

May 15, 2011

Mrs. Ash and Family: You don't know me. Mark and I were friends at UVA Law. We did not stay in touch, but I never forgot him. He was one of the most decent people I have known. I am so sorry for your loss. John Kennedy, Madisonville, Louisiana

Philip Rubin

April 5, 2011

Deepest condolences from all of us at Haskins Laboratories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Reva Brick Auerbach

March 12, 2011

Dear Sarah and Family,
I'm so, so sorry to hear about your loss. Have the fondest memories of Mark coming over for dinner; boy did he love brisket...brings back a lot of memories from Louisville and Waggener High, especially the paper.
I don't like to welcome any one to the widow ranks, but I will say that the feeling of relief is allowed and as time passes, you will move beyond the pain and toward love and appreciation of what made Mark such a fine person, husband and father.
My thoughts are with you...
Reva Brick Auerbach

Lee Raker

March 8, 2011

I just wanted to pass along my condolences Mark was always a special person to our family and we will miss him. Our thoughts are with you.

Pamela Sue Daniel-Wilson

March 4, 2011

My deepest condoloences to you and your family. I knew Mark only for a short time in the 6th grade and part of 7th. He was a wonderful person, kind, very intelligent, and friendly. I also grew up and went to high school with Bernard "Buddy" Weissman.

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this tragic time. What a horrible loss. The world will be a lonlier place without him. God Bless You.

Santiago Estrada

March 1, 2011

Sarah and family -- My thoughts and prayers are with you. It was my pleasure to know Mark professionally, both in his kindness and his quality of thought. My deep condolences for your loss.

March 1, 2011

Sarah and family, You don't know me, as I live in Greensboro and met Mark through our shared professions of lawyer and mediator. I connected instantly with Mark, concluding right away that here is a good human being - a much more important trait than being a skilled lawyer (which clearly he was.) We always talked family before we talked law. That Mark made the world a better place in so many ways makes his loss all the more sad. My hope is that you will find comfort in good memories of this fine fellow and in the love and care of your family and friends. My thoughts are with you.
Jonathan Harkavy

Mebane Galloway

February 28, 2011

Sarah and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and will be with you as you try to accept what has happened. May God be with you during this time and for days to come.

Ken Swartzel

February 27, 2011

Please accept my family's sympathy for your loss. Just looking at the pictures tells me Mark was a wonderful person, full of adventure and deeply loved his kids! I read the comments others have made and obviously he was a deeply respected and talented attorney. I have some idea how much you love your students and how much you give and give. Mark seemed to be the same way. Together you were a remarkable couple. To say you and the kids will have difficult times is an understatement. Life is so very precious. We often just do not appreciate what we have until we lose it. The kids will need you more now than ever.You will need them more now than ever. Mark will always be in your heart and your soul. When you hear a plane you will look up and say a prayer. May peace come to all of you.