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June 08, 2014
As a young art student, Mark was an incredible mentor to me. I was struggling in life and trying to make my way, estranged from my family. Mark was a visiting artist at Miami Dade College and took and interest in my work and my well-being. I think of him fondly and often. Sadly, I lost touch with him over the years and came across this page while trying to track him down to reconnect. My prayers are with the family.
November 18, 2013
My most sincere condolences. Mark was a good friend in high school and I had the pleasure of becoming reacquainted later in life. I will always remember Mark's wit and humor as well as his artistic talent.
November 18, 2013
It has been 45 years that Mark and I were in Mr. Gus DeJonge's 7th grade Social Studies class at South Shores Junior High. Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In was cutting edge TV in 1969. Mark created a Valentine for me, which was a Laugh-In style parody of Mr. DeJonge's class. He drew the bodies of generic classmates and included a small packet containing friend's heads cut from school photos. By moving the heads around to the different cartooned bodies, our friends would say witty things. I still have this Valentine, although a couple of the heads have gone missing.

Mark's positive impact continues. His sense of humor was unparalleled. Unknown to Mark, I spoke about him often to my two children, both as a wonderful person and as an amazing artist. Perhaps it was my descriptions of his kinetic sculptures exhibited many years ago at the Muskegon Museum of Art's Regional that has in part influenced my daughter, a freshman at the Maryland Institute College of Art to consider declaring Sculpture as her major in the spring.

Thank you Mark, you will always be one of the brightest crayons out of the box.
November 17, 2013
Dr. and Mrs. Packer, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your son Mark. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
November 17, 2013
Dear Dr. & Mrs. Packer & Kate, As a child, I too was a turtle devote. My collection only consisted of Mona Lake varieties. I remember spending hours with Mark. He had such a great collection. He helped me identify and care for my annual collections. I am sure he will be dearly missed....

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