Mark Allen Steyaert
Colonel USAF (ret.)
September 29,1920 - November 17, 2013
Mark Allen Steyaert passed away at his residence at La Costa Glen
retirement community in Carlsbad, CA on November 17, 2013. He was 93. His wife Esther, daughter Lynn, son Mark Jr. and daughter-in-law Lillian were at his side.
He was born 1920 in Phoenix, AZ to August and Helen Steyaert. He married his childhood sweetheart Esther Renaud in Louisiana in 1943. Mark and Esther first met when they were eleven years old! Their marriage spanned 70 years throughout which he loved Esther with all his being until the moment of his passing. They raised their three children in Altadena, CA, residing there until health issues required their move to La Costa Glen.
Mark had an illustrious career as a flight instructor in the Air Force during WWII
and the Korean War
. After the wars, he entered USC and received his accounting degree. He held a variety of positions throughout his career, ultimately retiring as Senior Vice President at Colwell Company in Los Angeles. He enjoyed working in his yard and shop, golfing with buddies, and doting on his many dogs and cats. He and Esther enjoyed travel, many social events with the Mountain Dancers, and shared a love of animals, generously supporting several animal welfare and wildlife organizations. He also served his community, volunteering his accounting expertise on the finance board of the Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, CA.
He is survived by his wife Esther of Carlsbad, CA, daughters Anne Steyaert of Santa Cruz, CA and Lynn Steyaert of Portland, OR, son Mark Steyaert Jr. of Encinitas, CA, daughter-in-law Lillian Murphy, sons-in-law Mark Bernhard and Karl Kanbergs, and grandchildren Matthew and Hans Bernhard and Mara and Alexa Kanbergs. The entire family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at Glenbrook / Glenview, La Costa Glen for their unwavering and nurturing care of their father.
In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer a donation be given to the Rancho Coastal Humane Society of Encinitas, rchumanesociety.org