Mark Tuttle, 89, passed away Saturday, (December 29, 2012), after a long period of failing health. He was the son of the late William Penn Tuttle and Barbara (Clarke) Tuttle. He was a proud descendant of the Tuttle Family Farm, Dover, NH, where he was born Aug. 22, 1923, and shared Thanksgiving every year with his extended family. Mark served in the Navy during World War II between obtaining his Bachelors degree at Harvard University and Masters in Education at Boston University, before embarking on his career in education. He briefly taught at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH, then at St. Louis Country Day School in St. Louis, MO, and then in 1955, joined the faculty at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, CT. He taught mathematics, coached track and cross country, and also served as Dean of the Third Form, Head of the Math Department, Head of the Cross Country program and Athletic Director. Mark enjoyed the personal rewards from relationships he developed with students, especially those gained as a house master and coach. And he appreciated the family environment of CRH for raising his three children with his wife, which led to life-long friendships for them. In 2000 he was inducted into the CRH Athletics Hall of Fame. After retirement in 1988, he lived for many years on Cape Cod before returning to New Hampshire for his final years. As an avid bird watcher for 75 years, he saw over 3700 species and enjoyed trips throughout the world with his wife and friends. He was a lifelong Boston sports fan, particularly an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox. He was especially pleased to live long enough to see them win the World Series in 2004 and 2007. Mark was generous, regularly donating money for years to numerous agencies and over his lifetime he gave more than seven gallons of blood. Mark, husband for 47 years to the late Marcia Sullivan Tuttle, was also predeceased by his two brothers, William and Hugh. Mark leaves his three children: Mark D. Tuttle of Glastonbury, CT and his wife Joann; Benjamin Tuttle of Laconia, NH, his wife Barbara; and Margaret Tuttle McGrath of Wading River, NY and her husband William. He leaves grandchildren: Elizabeth Viens and her husband, Timothy; Christopher Tuttle and his wife, Jessica; David Tuttle and his wife Ann Lo; Catherine Fecteau and her husband, Ryan; Stephan Tuttle; and Lauren McGrath; his great-granddaughter Avery Viens. Mark also leaves his sister, Barbara Tuttle Kent of Lexington, MA.
In lieu of flowers, for those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Mass Audubon, 208 S. Great Rd., Lincoln, MA 01773 (www.massaudubon.org) or American Red Cross, PO Box 97089, Washington, D.C. 20090 (www.redcross.org). There will be no calling hours. A private, family service will be held in the spring. Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, NH is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial, go to wilkinsonbeane.com.