Mark James Croft, 52, of Pocatello, passed away Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at his home from an apparent heart attack.
The year 1961 brought many great things, including Mark James Croft. He was born Nov. 7, 1961, in Idaho Falls, the son of Maggie and Verlyn Croft. He is the youngest of four siblings: Peggy, Denise, Wayne and Blaine. In Idaho Falls, he attended schools and graduated in 1980 from Skyline High School.
Mark began his first job at Ada's Cafe, where he met his wife, Cathy Smith. They were married in 1982 and moved to Pocatello.
He then began working as a chef at Sea Galley and finished his career as a reputable employee at Wall 2 Wall Carpet.
Mark and Cathy are the proud parents of five beautiful children: Shawn (Jennifer), Michelle (Stuart), Ashley (Lance), Mathew and Bradley; and grandparents to four adorable grandchildren: Jett, Brooklyn, Jaylee and Madilyn.
Mark was a man of many talents and loved many things, but his most important asset was his family. His wife, children and grandchildren were and are his pride and joy.
He encouraged each of his children to pursue their education. Shawn, Michelle and Ashley graduated from Idaho State University, Mathew is a recent graduate from Pocatello High School, and Bradley is currently a senior and will graduate from Pocatello High School this spring.
The transition from a parent to a grandpa was one of the happiest times for Mark. His grandchildren were his life. He involved himself in each of their lives by grasping any opportunity he had to watch them and by regularly volunteering in Jett's classroom at Gate City Elementary.
Some of his passions included cooking, camping, playing his guitar, singing, whitewater rafting, fishing and supporting his children in sports/choir, and he was an avid Braves fan. He had many titles, but his favorites were dad, grandpa and husband.
Mark not only knew what love was -- he knew how to truly love everyone he encountered. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.
Mark was preceded in death by his father, Verlyn Croft.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the LDS West Stake Center, on the corner of Hawthorne Road and West Eldredge, with Bishop Boyd Rowe of the 18th Ward officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Saturday prior to services, both times at the stake center. Interment will be in Mountainview Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Manning-Wheatley Funeral Chapel, 510 N. 12th Ave. in Pocatello.
Online condolences may be sent to www.manningwheatleyfuneralchapel.com.