Mark Allan Kowalick

October 22, 1953December 27, 2020
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Mark was born on October 22, 1953 in Rockford, Illinois although he considered himself a native Texan. He was a proud family man whose life goal was to continuously provide for his family. Anyone who knew Mark would tell you he was a great friend and an even better father.

He was raised in California with his three younger sisters: Martha, Mary and Margaret. Having lost his parents at an early age, Mark quickly learned how valuable life was and cherished his relationships with his sisters.

Mark began working residential home construction and eventually moved to Texas to pursue his dream of building custom homes. After the housing market bust, Mark ventured into the wire rope industry where he flourished as prominent business owner eventually becoming the Chief Operating Officer in his company Liftex.

Mark was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. After meeting his former wife, Sandy, they married, had their first child, Brittany and bought their first home together within a year. Ryan, their second child, came two years later and they raised their children in The Woodlands.

He shared his love for the outdoors with his family by boating, four wheeling, camping and traveling. Every year he blessed his family with memories of adventures through vacations near and far. Eventually passing these experiences down to his four grandchildren he adored.

Mark was a man who could never sit still. His famous phrase was “there’s always something to do.” He would putter around his property and almost every weekend you would find him at deer camp working. He would set his schedule the night before, wake up before sun rise, execute every task, closed each night with an ice cold chelda and never left without blowing the leaves off his custom hand-built deck. He is remembered as "old school" because of his regimented schedule, high standard of work and unique ability to always be prepared. Mark would arrive at the office every morning at 6:15 am and leave at 4:00 pm everyday with or without hitting Houston traffic. Many family members have expressed that if they encountered a problem they would ask themselves "what would Mark do?"

We always knew that when someone needed a random piece of equipment or tool Mark would have it. He was the most dependable person I knew. His idiosyncrasies, wisdom and gentle kindness will be greatly missed.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 5th, between 12:00 - 2:00 pm with a service immediately following from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at Forest Park Funeral Home & Cemetery, The Woodlands, Texas 77384. The family wishes to thank Memorial Hermann Hospital ICU staff for their kindness to Mark and his family.


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    Tuesday, January 5, 2021



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Barb Dennee

January 14, 2021

My sincere condolences to the entire family. I knew Mark from my years working at Liftex. He was a kind man and will be missed by many. May fond memories ease the pain during this difficult time.

Thomas Jones

January 13, 2021

I just saw this news and I am truly saddened and my heart goes out to all his family and friends. Mark was a true gentleman, an a great source of information and inspiration. He will be missed.

Shannon Jones

January 12, 2021

My condolences to Mark's family and friends. We hunted with Mark on CHC, many good times spent with him around a campfire. He will surely be missed.

Kimberly Barbre Wagner

January 6, 2021

When I think of Mark, my first thought is he loved his family...
He was so kind and always caring...
I recall thinking of him as MacGyver...ALWAYS PREPARED

May he rest in peace

michael gelskey

January 5, 2021

Mark, No more "should" versus "shall"!
Rest well brother in the light and warmth of His eternal love.
Mike Gelskey

Jerry Panaro

January 5, 2021

I knew Mark through the Web Sling and Tie Down Assn. He always had a big smile; he was always so friendly, humble, gracious. He was an active member of the association, an able chair, knowledgeable and quite patient at meetings that could drag on or get bogged down. It was always a pleasure to be around him, whether during technical sessions or at receptions, banquets and dinners. I was so surprised and sad to learn of his death!

John Rauh

January 5, 2021

Brittany and Ryan
I spent 25 or more wonderful years buying lifting slings from your father Mark. He was a magician, hard working and honest. I had dinner with you and your mother Sandy at an AWRF meeting in Washington DC many years ago. I am dumb founded to hear about Mark's untimely demise. He was a well respected smart businessman in the lifting world. He will be missed.
Best regards

Nicholas Diaz

January 5, 2021

I send my condolences to your family. Mark was always honest and respectful. He was a good guy, I wish I got to know better.
Rest in Peace, Mark.

Scott Mcmhan

January 5, 2021

I will always cherish Marks friendship and all the great times we had at the deer lease. Peace be with Britney and Ryan and all the grandchildren. See you on the other side friend.

Theresa Flores

January 5, 2021

My deepest condolences and prayers to all of you.