Mark P. Hummels, 43, of Phoenix, devoted father, adoring husband, loving brother and son, and true friend, served as an organ donor on his passing on January 31, 2013. Mark was born December 2, 1969, in Bakersfield, California, and grew up in Greeley, Colorado. Classmates and teachers remember him as an incredible personality who made everything he touched beautiful and golden. Mark was at once a mischievous handful, a terrific student, and a brilliant athlete, co-captaining his high school swim team and setting a still-standing school 400-meter freestyle relay record. Upon graduating high school, Mark was honored with the award of a prestigious full-ride Boettcher Scholarship, which he drew on to attend Colorado College in Colorado Springs. After a year studying in Mexico, Mark graduated Phi Beta Kappa with highest honors in 1993 in Political Science and Spanish, going on to receive his Master's in Journalism from the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley in 1997, also on a full-ride scholarship. After finishing at Colorado College, Mark met his wife Dana while he was working the Arts and Entertainment beat for the Colorado Springs Independent. Mark was paid primarily in free concert tickets, which he used to take Dana on dates, and a mutual love of live music cemented their bond. They married in 1996 while Mark was studying at Berkeley, and they honeymooned in Sausalito and on Alcatraz Island. Mark also worked as a reporter
for the Santa Fe New Mexican and the Albuquerque Journal, covering police news and the political beat. In his book "American Carnival: Journalism Under Siege in an Age of New Media," now Emeritus Dean Neil Henry, one of Mark's professors at Berkeley, captured Mark's own reflections on his experience: "I came to realize that government officials are so well-trained in obfuscation and spin that it's next to impossible to get a real answer to most questions you ask them. This continues to drive me absolutely nuts with people in general, and with people in positions of public trust especially. I came to think of reporting 'both sides of the story' as either 1) reporting 'both' sides of the octagon, or 2) giving 'equal time' for the Republicans and Democrats to each tell their lies. "I met a lot of lawyers while working on stories, and I came to think of them as the people who really understood what's going on, and the ones who can make real change in the final analysis." His reporting experience propelled Mark to resume his studies, entering the James E. Rogers College of Law at University of Arizona, where he is remembered as a larger-than-life presence. Mark served as the Case Notes Editor of the Arizona Law Review, and he graduated in 2004 with highest honors, first in his class. Admitted to the Arizona Bar after earning the highest score on the bar exam, Mark served as a law clerk for then Arizona Supreme Court Justice Andrew D. Hurwitz. In 2005, Mark joined the Osborn Maledon law firm as an associate, and the members voted him into their number in 2010. From the start he made an impression, endearing himself to his colleagues as quirky, unique, fiercely intelligent, and consistently sunny. Mark was the best kind of lawyer, highly capable in his practice and caring to his core about the community. He was President of the Phoenix Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and highly regarded by the State and Federal bench. He was recognized by "Benchmark Litigation" as a "future star" in litigation. To judges, attorneys and other professionals, he was a trusted counselor in ethics and disciplinary proceedings. Mark also gave back to the community at large, serving on the training committee for the Arizona Town Hall and providing pro bono legal services to those who could not afford counsel. Mark was a devoted family member and involved neighbor. He loved, respected, and adored his wife and children. Despite distant separations, he remained close to his loving extended family. He had a vast and diverse group of friends, as he easily connected with people from all backgrounds and walks of life. His loss will be deeply felt by the countless people in Phoenix and around the country who knew him and loved him. Mark is survived by his wife Dana and their two young children; his parents Ken and Letha Hummels of Greeley, Colorado; his brothers David Hummels of West Lafayette, Indiana, and Robert Hummels of San Antonio, Texas; and many other loving family members and friends. Charitable donations to the community in his memory and honor may be made to the Mark Hummels Memorial Fund at the Arizona Community Foundation, www.azfoundation.org/hummels
. Donations for the welfare, education and care of Mark and Dana's two children may be made to the Hummels Children's Fund in person or by mail at Alliance Bank of Arizona, 2901 North Central Avenue, Suite 100, Phoenix, Arizona 85012.