Mark Harold Crater
December 14, 1961 – August 24, 2018
Mark Harold Crater of Victoria passed from his earthly life on August 24, 2018. He entered his earthly journey on December 14, 1961 at Warwick, NY as the oldest child of Harold and Wendy (Walton) Crater. On November 25, 1982 Mark joined Nona Lynn Faust in holy matrimony at Oxford, MS. Both Mark and Nona received teaching degrees from Delta State University in Mississippi and taught mathematics at Victoria East High School until their recent retirements. Earlier, Mark had taught math at Yorktown High School. In addition to his wife, Nona, and his parents, Mark leaves behind to cherish his memory his children, Dana Wise (Michael) of Refugio, TX, Rebecca Crater and Mark Harold, Jr. both of Victoria. Also mourning his passing are his brother, Wayne Crater (Marie) and sister, Dorothy Crater, both of Victoria and grandchildren Kristen Henning (Taylor) and Mallory Wise. Mark’s great-grandchild, Jaxon Henning, recently celebrated his first birthday. Mark’s intellectual gifts, particularly in mathematics, were apparent early in life as he received a National Merit Scholarship upon graduation from Oxford (MS) High School. He experienced great satisfaction in teaching high school math and enjoyed family get-togethers for which he was often the chief cook. In quiet hours Mark enjoyed listening to music; notably from his collection of blues records. He was deeply committed to the Victoria community as a member of Christ the Victor Lutheran Church and as captain of a Knowledge Bowl team sponsored by the Victoria Democrats Club. At Mark’s request, a memorial service will be held at Christ the Victor Church, 202 Stanly St. in Victoria on Saturday, September 1, at 11:00 a.m. For those wishing to do so, memorials in Mark Crater’s name can be mailed to Christ’s Kitchen at P.O. Box 3391, Victoria, TX 77903. Arrangements are under the direction of Rosewood Funeral Chapel, 361-573-4546.
- Nona Lynn Faust Crater, Wife
- Dana Wise and husband Michael, Daughter
- Rebecca Crater, Daughter
- Mark Harold Crater Jr., Son
- Harold Crater, Father
- Wendy Walton Crater, Mother
- Wayne Crater and wife Marie, Brother
- Dorothy Crater, Sister
- Kristen Henning and husband Taylor, Granddaughter
- Mallory Wise, Granddaughter
- Jaxon Hennning, Great-Grandson
P.O.Box 3391, Victoria, Texas 77903
- Memorial Service Saturday, September 1, 2018
Mark Harold Crater
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August 28, 2018
Mr. Crater was one of my favorite teachers in high school. He made learning fun and ALWAYS made us laugh. I will never forget all the times he would chime in with me and my friends telling jokes and swapping stories. I liked his class so much, I would go to his classroom even when he wasn't my teacher! He was a great man and will truly be missed! My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
August 28, 2018
I had the pleasure to teach with Mark at Yorktown High School. I was definitely saddened to read of his passing this morning. I will forever remember his hearty laugh as well as his kindness and respect to all. He had an outstanding compassion for teaching, and for his students. As a UIL sponsor, I had the opportunity to travel to schools with Mark, and he would talk about his wonderful family and his passion for cooking. Of course, his passion for teaching students higher levels of math was always there..... he loved the competition as much as the students did! Find consolation in God's loving care as you'll cherish the wonderful memories each of you have of him, and may God bless each of you with comfort and His love.
With my deepest sympathy,