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Mark Eric Vyka


1957 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Mark Eric Vyka Obituary

2 Corinthians 5:4 "These tents we now live in are like a heavy burden and we groan. But we don't do this just because we want to leave these bodies that will die. It is because we want to change them for bodies that will never die." Phil 1:21 "For to me, to live is Christ, [He is my source of joy, my reason to live] and to die is gain [for I will be with Him in eternity]."

With grateful hearts to God Who is faithful to fulfill His promises, the family of  Mark Eric Vyka announces his arrival home on Sunday the 29th of May 2016. Mark was born on January 23, 1957 in England, the firstborn of three boys to parents, Richard and Janet Vyka.  The son of a military family, he spent his growing years in Pennsylvania, Florida, Washington, Ohio, and California. He graduated from Wheatland High School in 1975 and attended Chico State University for two years. He began a career with the US Postal Service in 1978, serving until 2014. 

Much could be said about the things Mark did, what he was involved in and the important roles he may have played. But really only one thing matters in the scope of eternity; Mark loved God and God's Word. Mark lived what he believed. Psalm 15:2  offers an apt description; Mark was one "who walks in integrity and strength of character, and works righteousness, and speaks and holds truth in his heart".  He was accepting of people, both encouraging and nudging gently in the right direction. His passion for reaching others with the good news of salvation in Christ alone exemplified God's heart of love and forgiveness for each one. Perhaps that is why he is so loved by so many. And well he deserves it.  His faith and strength in God was evident and to be imitated. His recall of the Word blessed many as he taught and as he prayed and as he encouraged from the scriptures, pointing to God's promises. He was honorable and respectable, diligent and self controlled; he was gentle, kind, patient and understanding. Mark was a wonderful father ("The best," his daughters say.) and  as a  husband, words seem to lack enough significance to describe him. In scripture, marriage is a symbol of the loving relationship (union) between Christ and the church. Mark embodied that teaching: loving, tender, kind, forgiving, sacrificing, always inspiring greater devotion, increased gratitude, higher thinking. Indeed, reflecting on the way his earthly life was lived, one can't help but think of Col 3:16  and thank God for creating this beautiful life which would reflect Jesus Christ to the world and glorify God forever. "Remember what Christ taught, and let His words enrich your lives and make you wise; teach them to each other and sing them out in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing to the Lord with thankful hearts".

Mark is immediately survived by his wife, Dawn, and their two daughters, Tasha Vyka (granddaughter, Tiana) and Adrienne Maloney (son-in-law Sean and grandson, Sean Ryan), as well as his parents, Richard and Janet Vyka and brother, Nick Vyka. He is pre-deceased by his brother, Greg Vyka (nephews, Sean Vyka, Ryan Vyka).

In celebration of Mark's life, his influence and testimony, a memorial service will be held at Cornerstone Church (700 Washington Ave. Yuba City) at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 10, 2016. The family encourages gifts and donations in his honor be made to: Jews for Jesus (jewsforjesus.org), Christians United for Israel (cufi.org), Zola Levitt Ministries (levitt.com), "Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved" (Romans 10:1). Or you may donate to one of these ministries that he supported: (in the fight for justice and righteousness) American Center for Law and Justice (aclj.org), Alliance Defending Freedom (adflegal.org), (and in spreading compassion, hope and healing) CBN Ministries (cbn.com), Samaritan's Purse (disaster relief and Operation Heal Our Patriots, samaritanspurse.org).

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Published in Appeal Democrat from June 4 to June 5, 2016
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