Mark Loren Amundson
Mark Loren Amundson of Sioux Falls was killed in an ATV accident at Sutton Bay on Monday, August 25, 2014. His memorial service will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 29, 2014, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 28, 2014, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church. A prayer service will be held at 7:00 p.m. and the family will be present from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Mark was born at Ft. Hood, Texas on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 1958, where the family resided while his father Loren completed his active duty military medicine commitment following medical school and internship training. Mark moved with his family to Webster, South Dakota, in July of 1959, residing there until the summer of 1964 when they moved to Sioux Falls and he started kindergarten. He graduated from Sioux Falls Washington High School in 1977, achieving success in academics, music, golf, tennis and football.
Mark took his pre-physical therapy collegiate academic work at South Dakota State University prior to finishing his physical therapy program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He married SDSU graduate Margaret Schmidt of Dell Rapids on August 7, 1982, the summer that he finished training and entered physical therapy group practice in Sioux Falls. In 1987 the family moved to Brookings and started the Brookings Sports medicine program, a joint effort of the Brookings Clinic and SDSU. He also served for several years as a candidate examiner for the American Athletic Trainer's Association and as women's golf coach at SDSU.
Their son Daniel Mark was born in Sioux Falls on October 21, 1985, and daughter Molly Marie was born in Sioux Falls on September 18, 1993. The family returned to live in Sioux Falls in the summer of 1998.
Golf was a primary focus for Mark since his early years in the Junior Program that his mother Mavis helped start at Westward Ho Country Club. While at SDSU, Mark was captain of the golf team and won consecutive North Central Conference golf titles in 1977 and 1978. He also competed in two NCAA Division II national tournaments. After college, Mark had tremendous success as an amateur golfer, winning 13 South Dakota state amateur titles which led to his induction into the South Dakota golf hall of fame in 2009.
Mark joined the Professional Golf Association Tour in 1994 as a physical therapist. While in this role, Mark met a great friend, Graham Marsh and in January, 1996, he joined Graham Marsh Golf Design where he became their North American development director.
In 2001, Mark's efforts to develop championship caliber golf, hunting and fishing in South Dakota came to fruition. He has been the founder/CEO of Sutton Bay since it's' inception, opening on June, 14, 2003. Sutton Bay is now known as one of the finest hunting, fishing and golfing clubs in the world.
Mark utilized his passion for golf to give back to the community by serving as a principal organizer and key contributor in the growth and development of the annual Orion Golf Challenge. This event just finished its' 19th year and has raised over $5 million for the benefit of Children's Home Society.
Mark was a visionary man as evidenced by his drive and passion for creating and building Sutton Bay. He was also a man of steadfast faith who had a deep love for his family, for abused and neglected children and for the game of golf. Mark was a relationship guy and treasured every relationship that he had - whether those relationships were with his family, his Westward Ho friends, his Sutton Bay partners and members, other friends and colleagues and especially his close personal friend Graham Marsh. Mark was also exceptionally fond of fine wine, James Taylor music and was always in the mood for a great laugh, often times at his own expense. Mark's tremendous spirit, laughter and love will be remembered forever.
Mark was preceded in death by grandparents Marjorie (Lifto) and E. P. Amundson. He is survived by son Danny and friend Emily, daughter Molly, sister Carolynn and brother-in-law Jim Stavenger, parents Loren and Mavis Amundson, mother of their two children, Margaret Amundson, nephews Peter (Lauren) Stavenger, Mark (Jennifer) Stavenger, and niece Rachel Stavenger in addition to a large extended family, as well as partners and members of Sutton Bay, Westward Ho and many others around the world who had the tremendous opportunity to be part of Mark's life.
No flowers please. Gifts and memorials can be directed to The Children's Home Society of South Dakota, P.O. Box 1749, Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57101-1749.