Mark David Kay

August 28, 1953September 8, 2020

Mark David Kay passed away on September 8, 2020 at the age of 67, at his home in Galveston surrounded by his loving family. Mark was born to Ted and Murl Kay in West Columbia, Texas. He graduated from West Columbia High School, attended the University of Houston and began working as a piping draftsman. He retired in 2016 from Worley Parsons E&C after 25 years of service as a Senior Piping Designer.

Mark will be missed every day by his wife of 34 years, Sherry Kay, his children Jocelyn Register, Alyssa and Tim Sweet and Sam Kay, his grandchildren Jackson Register, Leah Sweet and Parker Sweet, sister and brother-in-law Judy and Donnis Tomlin, brother and sister-in-law Robert (Butch) and Ann Kay, and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends. We know Mark is now with his dear parents, niece Lauren Argento, cousin Michael Allen and aunts and uncles.

Mark grew up in a large extended family that he remained close to all of his life. Holiday gatherings were wonderful every year. Anyone without a place to celebrate was always welcome to share a delicious meal and lots of laughter. Mark and Sherry moved to Galveston in 2013 and Mark truly loved living on “Paradise Island.” He often told people, “If we didn’t have family on the mainland, we would never cross the causeway.” He enjoyed photography, cooking, biking and bird watching - especially during their migrations. He was an amazing gardener, carpenter, and could repair anything, using those skills for many family members and friends. But his greatest passion was for his children and grandchildren. They knew Dad-Dude/Poppy was always there for them and the grands loved spending nights with Poppy and Memaw, enjoying all the island attractions and being with their grandparents who adored them.

Mark always extended a hand to those in need, was generous to all, and was so proud that his children grew into adults who reflect those values. He will be remembered as a loving son, husband, father, grandfather and friend. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

If you would like to honor his memory, please remember one of his favorite quotes: “Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.”

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Kathryn Allen-Wells

September 12, 2020

When we were younger, we use to play in the field between the school and Texaco street. I will never forget, we would hear his Mother calling him and go running home. Then we found out that it was the big parrot next door mimicking his Mother, she didn't call us. There are so many memories of Mark, I can't list them all. We love him and will miss him.

Darla Crowe

September 12, 2020

I met Sherry at a dance class some 30 years ago, and got to know Mark and all the family very well. It was nice having “couple friends” to get together with! He worked hard when it was time to work and played just as hard during R and R time! The island definitely got into his blood, and I was proud to see him retire and really enjoy the life there. The Kay family is amazing and is always ready to share anything they have with anybody who needs it. It was a treat just sitting in their beautiful back yard on the deck! I have many years of the best memories with them all. God bless this family as they go through this, and stay with them along their continuing journey in life! Rest in peace Mark!

Debbie Lilley

September 11, 2020

I've known Mark and Sherry and their family for over 30 years. The memories are plentiful. Mark worked hard and always put his family first. He loved them dearly. I will always remember his affection and expertise with gardening. He always created an oasis in the backyard of every home they lived in. He was kind and giving and I'm so very saddened for Sherry, their children and grandchildren and for Mark's family. Love to you all, Deb

Randy Rowold

September 11, 2020

Mark was a life long friend from elementary school to his passing. We both did a year at Wharton Jr College and then on to Houston. He was always fun to be around. I will miss him so much.

Randy Young

September 11, 2020

I was very saddened to hear of Mark's passing.
I worked with him during the 80's and 90's and enjoyed his friendship thoroughly. With changing lives (and jobs), we had lost touch somewhat, but he was, and will remain, one of my very favorite people to have ever crossed paths with.

My deepest condolences to Sherry and all of Mark's family.

Jacqueline williams

September 10, 2020

Mark was one of my dearest most treasured friends.From the moment we met some 16 years ago,we were true friends.I enjoyed many wonderful times with Mark and Sherry.Vacations,excursions ,shark tooth hunting and just sitting outside in the yard sharing stories and laughter,Mark and Sherry came up to Cape Cod last August and it was one of the most awesome times together.Lots of good talks,whale watching,kayaking but best of all sharing time together.I will miss Mark so very,very much.He was so loving and kind.My deepest condolences to his beloved Sherry and his beautiful children and grandchildren and family.

Mertie Bertram Moore

September 10, 2020

Mark was my first cousin, so I grew up knowing him. As a kid I remember he had a fantastic marble collection and listened to the best music, like The Doors and The Byrds.
We both got busy with life as we grew up but after we retired we got to reaquaint ourselves down in Xalàpa Veracruz Mexico for Día de los Muertos last November. I so enjoyed being with him and hearing him laugh and appreciate the beautiful and curious things around us. Mark was a great guy and he was taken way too soon. He was loving, tolerant and kind. I will miss him. Let's remember him by loving one another and enjoying our time together.

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