Mark Allan Small

December 12, 1967October 22, 2013

Mark Allan Small, 45, of Edmonds, Washington was surrounded by family and friends when he passed away on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 9:30 pm.

Mark was born in Portland, Oregon on November 12, 1967 to Dave Small and Phyllis Emmert. Mark had many happy memories of growing up in West Seattle, WA, graduating in 1986 from West Seattle High School. He went on to attend Washington State University and in his junior year was drafted by the Houston Astros. Mark spent the years 1989 through 2001 enjoying life as a minor and major league baseball player, living his dream.

Mark is survived by his wife, Shari and their children, Ryan, 14, and Shaylee, 10. In addition, his mother, Phyllis; his father, Dave; his stepmom, Maxine; his stepdad, Bob; his brothers, Chris, Jeff and Barry; his stepbrother and sister, Kurt and Kim; his Grandma Jesse and his closest friends, Jim, Jeff, Joel and Matt will miss him for the rest of their days.

Mark has left us with broken hearts that we will work to mend by remembering every one of his hilarious and entertaining stories. Thankfully, his sense of humor and kind spirit will live on through his children.

A celebration of Mark's life will be held at the Alki Community Center, 5817 SW Stevens St., West Seattle WA, 98116 at 11:00 am on Sunday November 3, 2013.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to UTMA Education Trust Accounts for Ryan and Shaylee at any branch of Chase Bank


  • Celebration of Life Sunday, November 3, 2013

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Larry Thomas

July 24, 2014

I'm so glad I got a chance to meet you and play with you in Oklahoma City. I enjoyed our 5 months we spent together threw spring training and the season. I was looking through old baseball cards and yours was the first I saw, so I said let me see what my old buddy is doing. I just learned the news that you were in a better place. I'm glad to see your family has grown. I will be talking to you weekly my friend. I wish your family the best.

Stan Nelson

May 4, 2014

A very funny guy in middle school. Mark was liked by all.

Lisa Boggs (Crumb)

January 9, 2014

I remember Mark as a gentle soul with a reassuring smile. I'm so sorry to hear of his passing. Love, light and hugs to Mark's dear ones.

Isac Cantu

November 18, 2013

I first met Scoobs at football practice at WS our senior year. I was a transfer from Oregon and I was new to a lot of people. My first encounter with Mark was trying to compete with him at throwing the football the farthest. I didn't win, but I did win by meeting the most sincerest humble young man I've ever known. I was blessed to know the true "Natural". May you rest in peace Mark while you sit with God to look over family.

Rick Antonelli

November 13, 2013

The only reason I ever played baseball in High School was because of Mark.. Him and I had a gym class together and he encouraged me to try out for the team and it was something I never regretted as I made lifelong friends because of this.. One of the best baseball players I have ever seen and one of the nicest guys as well.. RIP Scoobs

Kathy Davis

November 13, 2013

Search Light Moms wants to tell you how sorry we are for the passing of your Mark. If there is anything that we can do for you please let us know. We as mothers understand the day to day pain as we search for answers.
Love and Blessings,
Search Light Moms

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Matthew Roberts

November 9, 2013

Mark was someone that I grew up with in WS and have many good memories of as kids. He was a great ballplayer and a good guy. Though I left Seattle years ago I always have such a strong connection to home. My prayers and thoughts go out to his entire family and our classmates alike.

November 8, 2013

On Tues Oct 22nd the West Seattle Community and WS High School lost one of its greatest and respected student athletes in its history. Mark Small a graduate of the class of 1986 passed away with family and friends by his side. He was a great friend to many of the people here tonight. We'd like to ask for a moment of silence in memory of Mark Small. He will be greatly missed.
~ Announced at the 2013 WSHS Homecoming Game.

Dean Hartgraves

November 8, 2013

Our hearts go out to Shari and her family. Mark was the one to keep us all loose in the bullpen. By far as funny as anyone I have known. I know he would be upset with how hard we are grieving for him right now. Our prayers are with you all.

JIm Dougherty

November 7, 2013

Mark was such a wonderful person, this news just breaks my heart. Some of my favorite memories of my time in baseball are of the times I spent as Mark's teammate. Whether he was covered in shaving cream from head to toe running down hotel hallways as the yeti or playing wiffle ball in the Tucson clubhouse or just giving him crud when Shari would pack his lunch and take his meal money before he got on the bus. A truly great individual who has left us too soon . My thoughts and prayers go out to Shari and the Small family.
The Dougherty Family