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Mark James Williams


1957 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Mark James Williams Obituary
Mark James Williams, 57, died on January 19, 2014 in a house he designed, leaving behind friends, loved ones, and the painful neuropathy that plagued the last third of his life. 
He takes with him a passion and encyclopedic knowledge of modern architecture, not to mention music, cars, Charles Addams drawings and Chuck Jones cartoons.  He himself was a fine draftsman and artist before his disease robbed him of the ability to grip a pen.
Mark was born on April 26, 1957 in Chicago Heights, IL and grew up near Chicago, where he developed a keen interest in Mies van der Rohe, Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. 
He went west to the California Institute of the Arts, where his art and ideas, as well as his caustic wit, were greatly appreciated.  Mark was very outgoing and often made others laugh, sometimes even while insulting them. Mark graduated from the California Institute of the Arts and earned a Master of Architecture degree from UCLA.   Following school, he worked in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York and travelled widely in Europe and China.  He also spent time with family in Estes Park and Grand Lake, hiking and biking in Rocky Mountain National Park.  Though never wealthy, he was noted for his generosity on birthdays and holidays. Mark returned to Estes Park in 2009, partially disabled, and was cared for devotedly by his mother, Barbara Williams, until the end of his life.  He greatly missed the cultural life and tolerant attitude of New York and spoke often of returning. 
In addition to Barbara, he is survived by his brother Norman Williams and sister Judith Ehrlich of Vermont and by his sister Sue Fox of New York, and their families, as well as by many relatives in Colorado. 
He was recently predeceased by his father, Charles Williams. 
He leaves behind many friends and admirers from his younger days, including lifelong friends Bill Swislow and Steve Strong of Chicago and Monica Canning Ball.
A memorial service will be planned in the near future. Memorial gifts may be made to the Pet Association of Estes Park in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 1302 Graves Ave Estes Park, CO 80517. See www.allnutt.com to send a message to Mark's family. Written as a tribute to my brother by Norman Williams.
Published in Estes Park Trail-Gazette on Feb. 14, 2015
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