Mark was born in Canyon City, Colo. to Donald Church Stephens and Judith Lee Morgan. He is survived by Elizabeth (Liz), his loving wife of 33 years, and his siblings, Sandra, Sheri, Michaele, Christy, Wendy, Patty, Barbara, Theresa and Brian and his Uncle Gary and Aunt Betty Stephens, cousins and many adoring nephews and nieces, and their children who also loved him dearly. Mark's beloved daughter, Chasity Oswald lives in Missouri with her husband Tim and their daughter Kendra. He was preceded in death by his youngest sibling, Gregory. Mark was a mountain man, an inventor, a dreamer, a contractor and craftsman, a great harmonica player, and a beautiful human being. He loved being an outdoors in the rugged Rocky Mountains with his wife and their animals, both domestic and wild. This was a passion they shared. Mark will be remembered as a soulful man who loved so many and was equally loved by many. We honor his memory by renewing our promise to love and care for each other and those who depend on us. A celebration of his life for family and close friends will be held at Booger Red Hill at 11 am, September 14th. Following will be a potluck and acoustic music making session with family and friends at 1 pm at Grange Hall #420, located at the corner of County Roads 3 and 31 in Florissant, Colorado. Marked died instantly, without suffering, from injuries sustained in a fall from the roof of his barn, that he was repairing. In lieu of flowers his wife requests donations be made in his name to Teller County Regional Animal Shelter where they adopted their beloved dog, Minnie. Please send donations to 308 Weaverville Road, Divide, CO 80814 www.tcrascolorado.com/. Help us continue his legacy. Arrangements by Mountain Memorial Funeral Home, Divide, CO.
Published in The Canon City Daily Record on Sept. 7, 2013