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On Wednesday, May 21, 2014, Mark Stephen Walls left this world to be received in the blessed arms of the Father. He left as a loving husband, father and grandfather, a devoted brother, a caring uncle, a true friend, and of course, a forever Aggie.
Mark is survived by his adoring wife, Sandra Burnett Walls; his daughter, Tracy Burnett; his son, Michael Burnett and wife Lisa; his grandson, Ryan Burnett; his brother, Philip Greg Walls and wife Brenda; his nephews, Matthew Walls and Clint Armstrong, along with so many other family members he held dear. He leaves us here to join loved ones who went to Heaven before, most importantly his parents, Philip A. Walls and Ann Hill Walls, whom he missed so much.
Mark graduated from Texas A&M University with honors in 1975, completing his four year accounting degree in only three years. He spent several years in the accounting arena, and later had a successful career in sales and management.
Mark believed in giving back to our community and our country. He was proud to be a native Houstonian and volunteered for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for almost 40 years, serving on multiple committees and holding leadership roles throughout his tenure. When Mark joined the Rodeo Board of Directors approximately 30 years ago, he was at that time the youngest person to ever be elected to serve in that honor. It made him so happy to vigorously promote scholarships and education for Texas youth through his service to HLS&R, and he cherished the countless friendships he made along the way. He also spent time twice each year in a volunteer effort to support our troops with care packages and Christmas gifts. These times were special for him, and he truly enjoyed giving back to the men and women who sacrifice so much for our country.
Mark Walls made a lasting imprint on this world. His legacy will live in our hearts forever, and we take comfort in knowing that he is in the arms of God, now pain-free and in the glory of Heaven.
Services celebrating the life of Mark Walls will be held at St. Francis Episcopal Church (345 Piney Point Road, Houston, TX 77024) on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. There will be a short reception with the family at the church following the services.
If you would like to honor Mark with a charitable donation, his
has always been the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.
Published in Houston Chronicle on May 27, 2014