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H.M. Patterson & Son-Arlington Chapel

173 Allen Road Ne, Sandy Springs, GA

OBITUARY

Mark K. Rafuse

March 31, 1963December 9, 2019
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Mark Kendall Rafuse, born March 31, 1963, and residing in Atlanta, Georgia, went to be with his Heavenly Father Monday, December 9, 2019. The son of Donald and Ruth Rafuse of Coupeville, Washington, Mark grew up in Southern California where he attended Loma Linda University. Having moved to Atlanta after college, Mark was a prominent member of the business community to include his most recent role as Managing Prinicpal at Noble Investment Group, as well as serving on boards of charitable organizations, and being an active member of the congregation at Northside United Methodist Church. Mark was an avid sports fan, and was happiest celebrating a Braves, Falcons, or Bulldogs win. Above all else, Mark was a beloved husband, devoted father, and incredible friend who loved spending time watching his son play baseball and basketball, celebrating the accomplishments of his daughter, and spending time on his favorite golf course in Amelia Island with his wife Nancy. Mark is survived by his wife Nancy, and their two children Kristen and Ryan; his parents Don and Ruth Rafuse; Nancy’s parents Bob and Barbara Ryan; his brother Brad Rafuse (Donna), his sister Beverly Thurston, his step brother Jonathon Woods (Jill), sister-in-law Patty Urban (Joe), brothers-in-law Bill Ryan, Tim Ryan (Stephanie), Tom Ryan (Tammi), and Bob Ryan (Jennifer); and his many nieces and nephews. The family will celebrate Mark’s life with a visitation on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at H. M. Patterson & Son – Arlington Chapel at 173 Allen Road NE, Sandy Springs from 5:00 until 7:00 in the evening. A memorial service of life will be held on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 2:00 in the afternoon at Northside United Methodist Church, 2799 Northside Drive, Atlanta.

At the request of his children, we invite you to remember Mark with a donation to either the Atlanta Girls School or Mill Springs Academy in lieu of flowers.

  • FAMILY

  • Mark is survived by his wife Nancy, and their two children Kristen and Ryan; his parents Don and Ruth Rafuse; Nancy’s parents Bob and Barbara Ryan; his brother Brad Rafuse (Donna), his sister Beverly Thurston, his step brother Jonathon Woods (Jill), sister-in-law Patty Urban (Joe), brothers-in-law Bill Ryan, Tim Ryan (Stephanie), Tom Ryan (Tammi), and Bob Ryan (Jennifer); and his many nieces and nephews.

Services

  • Friends Are Cordially Invited To A Visitation With The Family Wednesday, December 11, 2019
  • Funeral Services Will Be Conducted Thursday, December 12, 2019
  • Burial Will Follow Thursday, December 12, 2019

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David Kloess

December 20, 2019

Mark was a kind and generous friend that we will always remember. He left us and our earthly realm way too soon. Our hearts are heavy for Nancy, Kristen and Ryan but rejoice in his life of service/accomplishment/love, the impact he had on others, and the knowledge he's with our Heavenly Father.

David and Janice Kloess

MARK RINDER

December 12, 2019

To Nancy and the wider Rafuse family, my heart is broken for you and, for whatever it's worth, I'm sending my condolences and light and love to you as you begin to enter this lonely period of mourning. Nancy is my Leadership Atlanta classmate of 2011 and, although I didn't know Mark, I know her heart and their childrens' hearts are shattered. Big hugs. Love, Mark B Rinder

Mit Shah

December 11, 2019

All of us at Noble are heartbroken by Mark's sudden passing, He was a dear friend and partner and I was honored to work alongside him for more than twenty years. Mark was a highly-respected leader whose perspectives were greatly valued by his colleagues. He believed in our team and our mission and was unwavering in his commitment to our endeavors. Though we will profoundly miss his friendship, Mark's legacy will continue to be embedded in the Noble culture for generations to come. Our hearts remain with Nancy, Kristen, Ryan and Mark's loving family.

Ginger Moff

December 11, 2019

Truly, a good and kind man. I wish his family peace and strength to bear the sorrow of their loss.

Jay Dade

December 10, 2019

Nancy and family,

Christie and I were shocked and saddened to learn of Mark's sudden passing. Mere words fail at times of such a loss except Mark's legacy will surely continue throughout your family. Our thoughts remain with all of you.

Jay

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