Mark Douglas Lutz

August 13, 1952April 23, 2021

Mark Douglas Lutz passed away on Friday April 23, 2021.

Mark entered this earthly life on August 13th, 1952 in Chillicothe, Ohio born to the late Earl and Mary (Sowers) Lutz. Although Mark lived most of his life in Circleville, Ohio 8 years ago he relocated to Oak Island to live out his dream of being at the beach.

He is survived by his two sons Jesse Lutz and Andy (Stevie) Lutz, grandchildren Bryton and Elliott. His loving partner of many years Tanya Hart and daughters Keisha and Corrine Ryan, grandbabies Brantley, AnnaLynn and Leena who affectionately called him “Poppy”.

He was the best Poppy, partner, Dad, and friend all could have asked for. Mark had a deep passion for helping people and had worked over the last 20 years in addiction recovery. His big infectious laugh was as uplifting as his raspy deep voice and his keen sarcastic wit. We often joked that he should have been in radio with that voice and his uncanny ability of reeling you into a great story. Mark has touched so many lives over the years personally and professionally it would be impossible to capture his beautiful essence in these few written words. He lived his life through the twinkling eyes of wonder and the thrill of an adventure, always getting some naughty enjoyment from pushing the limits just a bit all while trying to goad you along because it’s a great idea! Mark loved movies, music and art and his mind was an endless fountain of knowledge which he enjoyed sharing with others. Nothing can fill the void his absence has left for all that loved him so we will honor him through peace and love as we try to move forward in this space without him. Always close to our hearts and grateful for the wonderful life we shared. Every time we see a box, we will hear you say, “that’s a nice box babe”! We Love You Mark and until we see each other again help us “Keep it Simple”.

A Celebration of Life will take place on Oak Island on a later date.

Online condolences may be made at

Peacock - Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport, North Carolina.


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Suzanne Alunni

May 5, 2021

I had the pleasure of knowing Mark for years of working and advocating for those in recovery. In the past 2 years I was blessed to be Mark's co-worker and teammate, We had so much fun traveling and meeting up at the conferences.
I will miss his quick wit, funny sense of humor and our conversations, He called me "Jersey Girl" and was quick to set me straight when I went "Jerseyish". We all need a voice of reason and he was certainly there to do that . I still struggle with that fact Mark is not here and we don't have our weekly calls ...its still surreal
Mark was a good friend, he will be missed and never forgotten. My Deepest condolences to Tanya, the love of his life and his Sons. My deepest condolences to you all.

Jill Smith

May 1, 2021

I have only known Mark for the past seven months. He befriended me at a time when I needed a good, genuine friend the most and helped lead me to sobriety and recovery. Mark always had a smile on his face, and a warm welcome. When he asked how you were, he sincerely wanted to know. He was one of the good ones, a special person who led his life as an example to follow. I am really going to miss his presence, but most importantly, I am so grateful to have met him when I did and I am so blessed to have had him as a friend, and a part of my ‘new life.’ Rest easy, friend. Until we meet again.

Charlie Jackson

April 30, 2021

Mark and I grew up together in Circleville and were very close..Mark was a good musician, had a quick wit, and an endless curiosity about many subjects. I’ll always remember our many laughs together and will miss him tremendously.

jürgen van steenis

April 29, 2021

Thank you for helping me and the friendship we had through the program. The leads i gave at the hotel at the truck stop thank you for being there. Rip mark u will be missed.

Candace Backer

April 28, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Mark for many years while he worked at OPEP and in his other capacities. He was a gem and a truly lovely human being - he will be missed.

Johnny Lee

April 27, 2021

Dear Mark,
I am grateful we communicated on April 8. I am thankful we worked together to help people get into treatment and recovery for alcoholism and drug addiction.

Miss you brother,

Kim Anderson

April 27, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of his passing. I am grateful I was able to talk with him again recently, He had a love for life and could always make people smile.

My prayers are with you,
Kim Anderson

Kathy Camp

April 27, 2021

I am Tanya’s mother or as Mark always called me”Don’t call me Kathy “ he was my best friend and I loved him dearly. We used to sit on the porch and talk for hours. I loved his amazing laugh, and his deep voice. His smile and knowledge of so many subjects was breathtaking. I hope he knew how much we all loved him, Tanya was so lucky to be loved so deeply. A lot of people don’t get the chance in life to be loved so completely he would have hung the moon for her if she ask. I love you Mark see you some day and we will finish our wonderful porch talks in the porch rockers. Love you .

Tanya Hart

April 27, 2021

How do I go on without you? I love you so much. You were my best friend, my protector, my soulmate in this earthly life. So many years, so much love and enjoyment. An eternity of life with you wouldn't have been enough. Over the last 6 months as I supported and nurtured your health and encouraged you to fight I wouldn't let myself accept you wouldn't be ok. I will continue to honor your spirit for my remaining days. You touched so many lives, adored by all who had the pleasure of meeting you. I love you "Sugarbear".

becky sowers hutchinson

April 27, 2021

This is mark's cousin Becky. We used to be really close. When I was growing up I was either at their grocery store, Lutz market, or at their house a lot. Spent almost every Sunday at Granny's house. And then later, when we were older, we were close. hung together at times. Although we lost touch, I will always cherish those memories. I am so sorry to Tanya and his family. I love that they called him Poppy. Glad I have the memories I do.