Mark Vendon, 86, of Albany, NY, passed away at Albany Medical Center on Tuesday, July 10th, 2012. Born Armonas Bladas Vencius in Kovno, Lithuania in January 1926, he was the son of Dr. Bladas K. and Victoria Vencius. As concerns in Europe increased, the family relocated to Jamaica Queens, NYC in the early 1930s. Mark joined the Navy after high school and proudly served on the Doyle C. Barnes as a signalman in the Pacific; a patriot to this country, he decided to Americanize his name to Mark Vendon after discharge. When the war ended, he was educated first at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania becoming a Sigma Chi member, then at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He began his professional career first in petroleum engineering, followed by teaching that included both Physics and Math including St. Paul's in Garden City, NY, Amityville, NY and ultimately settling in Florida at Father Lopez High School heading the math department for a number of years, and finally at Daytona Beach Community College. Mark is survived by his daughter, Marian Ceile (Joe) Furlong; his son Mark (Barbara) Vendon Jr.; grandson Mark (Vanessa) Vendon III; and his great-grandson Wyatt Armas Vendon. Mark is predeceased by his granddaughter Sasha Belina Vendon. In addition to local family, Mark leaves behind dear friends Jeff and Roberta Snyder of Port Orange, Florida; as well as many of his beloved students he taught over the past 40 years. He will always be remembered for his love of life, travel, great sense of humor and wonderful stories of his past. The family would like to especially thank and recognize the excellent care he received over the past 2 years while living at Home Sweet Home on the Hudson Assisted Living Center, in Catskill, as well as the medical team on C4 at Albany Medical Center during his most recent hospitalization. A memorial mass was given in Mark's honor at Christ Our Light Catholic Church on Saturday, July 14th in Loudonville, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Father Lopez High School, 3918 LPGA Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32124. MEYERS FUNERAL HOME, LTD, Delmar, NY is in charge. (518) 439-5560.
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on July 15, 2012