Died Jan. 26 at the age of 65. After graduation from the University of Washington in 1970, he was offered the Rhodes Scholarship, but chose instead to attend UC Berkeley where he received his PhD in Clinical Psychology. Mark left Berkeley upon completion of his dissertation and was hired by Sonoma State University in the Masters of Counseling department. Mark was one of the program's most influential professors for almost 30 years and created the Community Counseling Clinic, the only free counseling center in the entire North Bay. Mark was the loving companion to Barbara Doolittle for 32 years. Mark had many gifts, wide-ranging interests, and the mind of a dreamer, with the extraordinary energy to make them happen. And he had a truck. If someone needed to move a couch, or an entire house of furniture, he was your man. He was never happier than when he could singlehandedly squeeze a load of some kind into that red truck and leave people saying "How did he do that?" He was always building or developing something; the SOS program and all of its permutations, five different properties, and one very special sanctuary with a view of heaven. Mark and Barbara enjoyed the view together for 22 years. Mark had a real love of sports. A great fan of Roger Federer and Tiger Woods, and passionate about the 49ers. He was a force on the tennis court when he was younger and enjoyed playing golf with Barbara in the late afternoons at the Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club. Mark was an great teacher. He exuded warmth and generosity. He was somehow able to be humble and magnanimous simultaneously. Always ready with an idea, a project, encouragement, or a tale of compassion, Mark inspired (and continues to inspire) the many people in his life to work tirelessly towards their dreams. He had extensive clinical and theoretical knowledge, as well as 40 years experience in his field, and yet he spent more time listening to his students than lecturing to them. Mark was a loving husband, big-brother and stepfather. He was a professor and clinical supervisor to thousands, father-figure to thousands more, community activist, therapist, volunteer, mustachioed music-lover, gift-giver, cat-lover, huge-smiler, generous eater, guider of meditations, total 60s hippie, dearest friend and so much more. Mark brought out the best in all of us lucky enough to be around him. He was preceded in death by his beloved "Mamo", mother Wilma, and father Jim. He is survived by his wife Barbara, sisters Lee and Lynn and nephews Mark, Ken and Matt. We would like to express our deepest respect and gratitude for the amazing nursing staff at Santa Rosa Memorial and skilled doctors. Donations may be made to SOS at www.soscounseling.org. There will be a memorial celebration of Mark's life 3:00 Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club.
Published Online in the Press Democrat from Jan. 31 to Feb. 3, 2014