Mark Christopher Lane

October 10, 1971June 29, 2013
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Mark Christopher Lane, 41, died unexpectedly June 29, 2013 at Lutheran Hospital in Wheat Ridge, Colo. from complications related to Huntington’s disease.

Mark was born on October 10, 1971 in Lubbock, Texas. Because Mark was born with Cerebral Palsy, the Lane family moved to Denver shortly thereafter, where he would receive the best care possible at the Children’s Hospital of Denver. Despite what the doctors predicted, Mark grew into a man with a fighting spirit, kind heart, sharp mind and passion for sports, food and music. Though he was never supposed to speak, Mark overcame this obstacle and often it was hard to get him to stop talking.

As a youth Mark was a poster representative for United Way of Denver and had the opportunity to meet many of his heroes including Christopher Reeve and Karl Mecklenburg of the Denver Broncos. Over the years Mark enjoyed participating in Special Olympics and was also affiliated with and a supporter of United Cerebral Palsy of Denver. In 1992, Mark graduated from the Weiland School at the age of 21.

Mark dealt with physical disabilities that would overcome most human beings, but despite his physical limitations he never complained and was always grateful. He loved rooting for the Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies and occasionally, the Dallas Cowboys to stay true to his Texas roots. One of Mark’s proudest moments was when he voted for Obama in the 2008 election. He also enjoyed cooking, taking trips to Central City with his family and betting with his Dad on football games (which he never paid if he lost).

Mark is survived by Marcia Lane-Matis (mother), Mike Lane (father), John Matis (step-father), Brandon Lane (brother), Laura Lane (sister-in-law), Leo Lane (nephew), Megan Neri (sister), Adam Neri (brother-in-law), Niki English (niece) and Stephen Lane (uncle).

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations in memory of Mark Lane be made to Easter Seals Colorado (5755 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood, CO 80226) or Huntington’s Disease Society of America (Rocky Mountain Chapter, 6545 W. 44th Ave.#1, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033) . If making donations by check, please write “in memory of Mark Lane” on the memo line.


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, July 2, 2013
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, July 2, 2013

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July 2, 2013

So sorry to hear this sad news. My prayers are with you always. Remember the good times and how much he loved you.

Roberta Lowther Pawlowich
Herkimer, NY (class of 63).

Gary & Clara Kaku

July 2, 2013

Dearest Marcia,
Our hearts are breaking for the loss of this precious son.You, Mike and John are exceptional parents, there for Mark through his trials and his triumphs. Now he is resting in the loving arms of Jesus Christ, safe, warm, completely at peace. God gave you this beautiful boy and He knew what He was doing. Mark's life was complete and filled with love. Hugs to all of you, "Auntie" Clara and family

Judy Jennings

July 2, 2013

John and Marcia so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you both.


July 2, 2013

We never had the privilege of meeting Mark. It was heart breaking to hear the reason for your inability to attend the 6/28/13 dinner party at our home, that being Mark's failing health. May God give you the peace and comfort so richly deserved, with God 's Speed to Mark.
With Sympathy
Daryle & Shirley Klassen
Loveland, Colorado

LaDonna Baros

July 2, 2013

I loved mark very much the two years that I took care of him were awesome I will miss him dearly he never quit because he wasn't a quitter rest in paradise Mark I love you my little tupac

Sally and Bob Kuehl

July 2, 2013

So sorry to hear this sad news. Hold onto your precious memories forever.


July 2, 2013

We are both sorry for your loss. The few times I met Mark he was always upbeat and positive. John, you understood what he had to deal with being trapped in his condition. Now at last he can romp and stomp throughout eternity. God Bess him. Ray & Kate

July 2, 2013

Marcia and John,
So very sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy to the whole family.
All of you now have an angel watching over you.
Mary E. Franco (Herkimer, NY)

July 2, 2013

So sorry to hear of your loss. Will be thinking of you today and know that you have many memories stored away in your heart. John... give Marsha a hug from me.
Janice Merena, Herkimer, NY

Chris Suerdieck

July 2, 2013

I remember the first time I met Mark. He was a little guy with a great big smile. And a very special, much loved son. God bless all those who loved and cared for him with peace of mind and heart and the best of memories.
Chris Suerdieck