MARK V. HARLLEE Mark V. Harllee passed away on Sunday, May 11, 2014, during a scuba dive in the channel at his mother's home in Key Largo. Mark was a PADI certified, experienced diver and had enjoyed exploring this channel for over twenty years. Mark recently opened his own law practice after serving twenty-five years as Chief Assistant Public Defender for the 19th Judicial Circuit. When first made supervisor of Martin County, at age 33, he was the youngest chief assistant in Florida. In 2012 he received the Life Over Death Slater Award which was inaugurated by the Florida Public Defender Association to be awarded to the individual who made the most significant contribution to the defense of indigents in capital cases and who selflessly dedicated their time, energies and spirit to vigorously defending those facing the death penalty. Growing up in the Baypoint neighborhood of Miami, he graduated from Dade Christian School as president of his senior class, lead in the class play "Cheaper by the Dozen" and Valedictorian. At Stetson University he was on the soccer team and graduated with high honors. He received his Juris Prudence degree from the University of Florida and remained an avid Gator and Miami Heat fan throughout his life. As a boy Mark accepted Christ as Savior and was baptized in Miami Shores Baptist Church. He was a Boy Scout, a swimming, surfing and sailing enthusiast. He earned a place on the IODA US Olympic Sailing Team where he competed internationally in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Mark's loving and saddened survivors include his wife Emily, his mother Nora, brother John (Cheryl) sister Dorrie (Ed), nieces and nephews Christine, Aaron, Richard and Emmajane, brothers-in-law Chris Dowling and Keith Serrago (Patricia). A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 2:00 PM at Riverview Memorial Park with Rev. Charles Rosenbalm, Pastor of First Baptist Church of Key Largo, officiating. Arrangements entrusted to Yates Funeral Home, Fort Pierce, Florida.
Yates Funeral Home
1101 South U.S. 1 Fort Pierce, FL 34950
Published in the TC Palm on May 18, 2014