I am so sad to hear that Mark is no more. I saw this only after reading your Christmas letter! Mark and you Carol were gracious hosts during my Retreat in your home before my Final Profession as a Jesuit. My memories of him - on my two visits with you, especially on long walks with him during my retreat, and my Eucharists with you both during my retreat - are so vivid. On the eve of Christmas, my heartfelt sympathies to you dear Carol, and to each one in Marquardt Family. I thank God for Mark!
Mark was a great mentor and a wonderful attorney. Please accept my sincere condolences.
Carol & Family: The news of Mark's death both saddened and shocked me. We were friends for over 60 years, beginning with classes at St. Cecelia's in 1948, and lasting, though with gaps, till now. In fact, with exception of the '06 St. Leo reunion, we had not seen each other since Prep school graduation (1957 for me). Yet, it always amazes me how little friends
change over the years. Anyone who knew Mark could have easily predicted his success. His deep sense of spirituality was not a known quality in younger years, but certainly no surprise to see it. I will always consider knowing Mark a privilege. may he rest in peace.
For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son, that whomever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
It has been a great privilege to have known Mark as a classmate at St. Leo Prep (class of '58). I remember him as a born leader, a man with great compassion and a wonderful sense of humor. I'm regret having seen him only once since those long ago days. He made our world better for all.
Carol, I only met you once after the reunion breakfast, in the St. Leo Abbey dining room when Mark was there celebrating his 50th year of graduation from SLCP. Mark told me that you were going to speak at our parish (St. Anthony of Padua) on a Saturday morning a long time ago, and I wasn't able to go see you. I had noticed that I hadn't heard from Mark for a long time, since he was always the first to respond to any messages I sent out about Holy Name/SLCP alumni events, and I'm sorry that I didn't inquire why I wasn't hearing from him. You were both exemplary Catholics, and I know he earned his way directly to Heaven by his example of following in the steps of Christ. I'm so sorry for your loss. He was such a kind and gentle soldier of Christ. and I will miss him. Last time I saw Mark was at George Ziegler's funeral.
Sincerely, Maggie Herrmann Beaumont (HNA 1957)
Carol, I am so sorry for your loss. Mark was a great upperclassman and an extremely nice person. He was my dorm monitor along with Bill Gheen during my junior year. He always a nice and considerate person as well as being quite intelligent. At the reunions I looked forward to seeing him. This year would have been his 55th year of graduation. I will miss him.
Gordon Winslow '59
Sending you all love, thoughts of remembrance, and tender feelings of so many fond times... the photo album is lovely and reminded me of lots of fun, laughter, and joy shared between the Logans and the Marquardts. We love you!
I'm Mark's little brother “Johnnie.” When your brother is nearly 10 years older than you are, you naturally look up to him. He and your father become your role models, your idols. But when, by the time you are 16, your big brother has captained his high school football and baseball teams, set the Florida high school record in the discus, set a weight lifting record at Notre Dame, been elected vice-president of his senior class at Notre Dame, graduated from Duke Law School, climbed Mt. Ranier, married one of the top women's tennis players in the U.S., and become a Captain in the Air Force he becomes somewhat “larger than life.” As you mature your older brother's persona looms even larger as you read his essays and spiritual journey, admire his paintings and witness what a devoted husband and loving father and grandfather he is. You begin to wonder how you can possibly “live up to him.”
That's how it was for me growing up as Mark's little brother. Instead of everyone else who back in the day wanted to “be like Mike” (Michael Jordan), I wanted to be like Mark. So it's no surprise that it was my dream to follow in his footsteps to Notre Dame and Duke. What a feeling of pride I had during my years at Notre Dame when I would see Mark's name on the wall in the student center that memorialized prior class officers!
Now keep in mind that the only team I ever captained was my high school tennis team that was coached by a driver's ed teacher. I can hardly draw a stick man. And you won't find my name on any wall at Notre Dame. But Mark never wanted me to be intimidated by his accolades. What he wanted for me was what St. Francis de Sales wrote: “Do not wish to be anything but what you are and try to be that perfectly.” What Mark wanted for me was what he titled his most recognized painting: “Bloom Who You Are.” That painting is a lasting reminder of the charge and the challenge that Mark has left for everyone of us to be what God created us to be.
The only man that I have ever admired more than Mark was our father because, after all, he was our father. To this day I've never been embarrassed to say to anyone I talk to about Mark how much I idolized him. This evening I'm saying with enormous pride as a 63 year old little brother how much I still idolize the man we are remembering and honoring.
It seems like every week we learn of another sports hero, another entertainment icon, another politician in the limelight or even another religious leader who has fallen from grace. As I've grown older I've realized why my big brother has never suffered a similar fate. I've come to understand why he has never fallen from the pedestal that I put him on while I was growing up and that he will remain on forever.
A person's reputation is defined by what he or she does while the world is watching. By every measure that the world has established, Mark had an impeccable reputation. He was incredibly successful while the world was watching. But Mark's life was not about establishing a reputation. It was not about measuring up to the world's definition of success while someone or some organization was watching him.
In contrast, a person's character is defined by what he or she does when no one is watching. Mark embodied integrity, honesty, humility and selflessness...qualities that come into play when no one is watching; when someone is alone in his or her own conscience…qualities that the world often devalues. Because he was a man of such character, Mark's life was much more about being significant than being successful. That's why Mark remains firmly atop a pedestal in my eyes.
In the end, on a night like tonight, the value of one's life, one's significance while we're on this earth, is measured by the lives his or her life touched. Mark's successes and accomplishments, impressive as they were, pale in comparison to the impact that he has had on so many lives. We are not here tonight just to remember him because we are family, a friend or a colleague. We are also here to honor and thank him because of the impact that he had upon our lives.
We often think that we can only touch another life in some great and very public way. We forget that such great opportunities to help others seldom come our way, even to someone as successful as Mark. To paraphrase Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Anybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.” You don't need a great stage if, like Mark, you are blessed with grace, inspired by love and motivated to serve no matter how seemingly insignificant the setting or the circumstances.
Prayer and contemplation were significant elements of Mark's life. I'm sure that Mark frequently reflected at night on words such as Dr. King's, on the significance of his day and not just its successes. He probably would not only ask himself “What did I accomplish today?” but also “How well did I serve today?” and “Whose life did I touch?”
Mark realized that small but definitely significant opportunities to serve and to impact another life surround us every day. They often surface in very quiet and private ways. Such opportunities are at the heart of the Good News of the New Testament that Mark lived his life by. Mark seized those opportunities as St Francis of Assisi taught us to: “Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.” It is those small and quiet opportunities to serve and to touch a life that Mark seized when no one was watching. Those are the moments that truly made Mark's life so significant.
Thursday August 22
Mark was a strong, steady, loving and gentle man who will always be in my heart. Thank you for so many wonderful family moments at special occasions and those ordinary moments when your extraordinary compassion and concern for others would shine through. I will think of you often and miss you always. Thank you for loving my sister and our family.
Carol and family... We lost one of the really good ones. I'll never forget my trip to Miami's Orange Bowl with Mark. It was a fun weekend.
Love to you all,
Carol and Family,
Clair and I will always remember the kindness you showed to Kathryn when she was considering attending Princeton. Alas, it was not to be and, as a result, here we are in California.
Mark was a stand-up guy who always took the high road. Early in our careers, we were competitors. As we aged, we became more like collaborators. It was a pleasure working with him.
Please accept Clair's and my deepest sympathies.
Mark was not only my "boss" for a long time, but also my friend. He was a dedicated family man, and truly Man of God. His guidance and patience was a part of my life and I will truly miss him. Carol, he was your guiding star and I know he will be with you forever. God Bless you and the boys and all the family. I truly loved working for him through all the tough times and will always remember him kindly. Bless you all. Mickie Flinner
Dear Carol and Family,
Mark made such an impact on all of our lives.That impact will continue with the legacy of love and friendship he has left with us. He has completed his "race" to his heavenly reward with the grace of a life well lived. He'll remain in all of our hearts. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time.
Dear Carol and Family,
I am sorry for your loss. Mark was a man of great integrity. He lived his faith each day. He will be greatly missed by his St. Cecelia Parish family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Carol and the rest of the Marquardt family. Mark was a great lawyer, a mentor, and a model father and husband. Mark and Marina Logan
Dear Carol and Family. We are deeply saddened by your loss. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.
Leslie and George Ziegler
Our thoughts & prayers are with the Marquardt Family in their time of sorrow. We have many fond memories from the CCC basketball games. He will be missed by many.
Mark, Carol and family are in our thoughts and prayers. The lives Mark touched were too numerous to count and the spiritual guidance he provided both by example and counsel was an incredible gift. As he now sits with our heavenly father we can reflect and make the changes clearly demonstrated by this good and gracious servant. A great loss for family,friends and the legal profession.
Such a wonderful Man, this is truly a great loss to us all.. I wish to express my deepest sympathy to Carol and his family. Mr. M. was a wonderful man, always there when you needed someone to talk with... He was a quiet and gentle man.. I will always remember and I in the immortal words of Mr. M. I still live by this today "Keep Things Moving". I'm so grateful to have had to opportunity to work and learn from him. RIP and may the lord be with you always.. for this a true loss of a great man. -- Laurie Stockwell
Eternal rest grant unto Mark, O Lord
Carol & Family: may the peace of God which is beyond all understanding be with you. Fr Bob Wiseman CSC
Our friend and our inspiration. We will miss you, Mark! Our love to Carol and all your family...from Jackson Hole.
I wish to express my deepest sympathy to the family. Mark was a wonderful man and a great lawyer. Crockett Farnell
Mark has played such an important role in energizing our Roman Catholic faith. His presence was unique, vital and uplifting to a faith in need of true conviction. His loss is great to his family, his friends and to the Roman Catholic Church. With great respect to his family from Edmund, Mary and Devin Murphy
My sincere sympathy Carol--my prayers will be for you and your family
during this sorrowful time. The Christian community will experience
a great loss without Mark. Christ's peace be with you. Gloria DiVito
My deepest sympathy to the Marquardt family. He was truly a wonderful person and he will be missed. God has another angel by his side. Glatkowski family.
Mark blessed the lives of all who knew him. We have been privileged to be numbered among them. The pictorial tribute tells the story of this man who deeply loved his family and will be sorely missed by everyone. God bless Carol, Matt, Chris and their entire family. Mike and Sandy Tobin
Our thoughts and prayers have been and are with you and your family. You both have been an inspiration to us all and we are truly sorry for your loss.
Dan & Jeanne Morrison
Wonderful photos which tell the tale of a blessed, full life! Peace, love, and prayers to the family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Marquardt family and we send our deepest sympathy to all. Charlie and Carolyn Wasaff
Mark has been a guiding light to our community and is a man I hold in highest esteem. He brought wisdom and humanity wherever he went and enhanced the reputation of every organization he joined. We were all made a little better by his influence. His light may now be in Heaven; but, it continues to be reflected by those he has touched on Earth. May God bless his family and may the joy of his life overshadow their sense of loss.
Deepest sympathy to the Marquardt family. May God sustain you during this difficult time. Rejoice knowing that he is with the Heavenly Father; watching over you until you are reunited. Suzanne CCC c/o 1989
I only knew Merc for a short time, but I could tell he was a wonderful person and a dedicated, caring grandfather. He has had a profound effect on everyone who knew him and he will be dearly missed.
When you talk about, or use the expression ''One In A Million'' well that evokes in me, a man, a God giving man, who dedicated his life to service of our lord Jesus Christ. Mark gave of hiself,his home,his family values, to all that needed his time and special personallity. His family as well were all involved in the service of God. Mark will surely be missed by all that met or knew him.may God the Father grant him Eternal rest.
We pray for Mark and his family at this time of sadness. Mark was a unique person with tremendous capacity for understanding and compassion towards all those he came to know in life. He is at rest and peace with the Lord.
Mark will be deeply missed. Prayers to all the family he loved so much. He was truly God's servant in so many ways. He indeed walked the walk.
As a director in BayCare ambulatory, I worked with Mark often over the past 15 years. What an incredible man, lawyer and all around person! I will miss him! My love to the entire family. Nancy Burden
We in our family offer you in your family, peace and understanding in your moments of loss, Peace be with you all
Mark, was a special gift to anyone who knew him. He was a mentor and friend and a living example of who a Catholic man should be. A man who loved his wife, his sons, grandchildren and his faith and showed that love. We are blessed to have called him friend and will miss him greatly. We know that God will bless him forever. We ask now for Jesus and His Mother to comfort you and to hold you fast in their Hearts.
We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Mark's passing. We pray that the Lord comfort Carol and the entire family at this time of such a great loss.
With our love and deepest sympathies,
JoAnna and Kelley Gregg
Anyone who knew Mark knew what an extraordinary human being he was. There is little that we can say that would not be known by just about anyone who knew him. We simply give thanks to God for the privilege of knowing Mark and for all of the help, advice and counsel he gave us over the years. His greatest gift was the example he set with the way he lived his life and his Catholic Faith. We have no doubt that he was greeted by the Lord with those coveted words, "Well done, good and faithful servant."