Mark David Stapleton|
July 26, 1963 - July 24, 2014
No words can express the profound sadness over the pass-ing of our beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle, coach, and friend, Mark Stapleton. He passed away suddenly on a beautiful July afternoon and it was a shock that will echo forever.
Mark was born in Fort Collins, CO to Sally and Lance Stapleton and together with his sister, Sharon, lived and traveled throughout the United States. Always a superb athlete, Mark was passionate about sports, hunting, and fair competition. He was a three-sport athlete at Sprague High School, but excelled in baseball, even at the college and semi-pro levels. He coached multiple baseball, basketball and football teams throughout the years. One week ago, he helped his son's JBO senior team take the State Championship title.
In 1993, Mark met and fell in love with Veronica Headrick and married her nine months later. They were blessed with their first beautiful child, McKenzie Taylor in 1996. In the year 2000, Brody Dalton completed their loving family. Mark's lifelong dream of having a family and providing a safe and loving home for them was realized.
Fall was Mark's favorite time of year. It was the season of his two passions - Blacktail hunting and college football. The perfect day consisted of getting up with Brody hours before daybreak to head up to his tree stand to hunt the morning hours, and then return home for the kick-off of his beloved Nebraska Cornhuskers.
In September of this year, Mark and Veronica celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary in Hawaii with their children. It was a family trip that had eluded them for years and created many amazing memories that Mark's family will hold dear for a lifetime.
For those of you who were privileged to know Mark in business at Shared Communications, Oregon Telecom and Pacific Pellet, you knew Mark's quick wit, love of family, and compassion for people. He was known for a strong work ethic, sense of adventure, love of the outdoors, and fair treatment in business. He would walk into a room and would soon be cracking jokes, making people laugh until the entire world was right.
We will miss him terribly, but know that his good works will carry on in those who remember him. Please keep his family in your heart and prayers and his memory living through the stories that you tell.
Mark is survived by his parents Lance and Sally Stapleton, his sister Sharon, wife Veronica and children McKenzie and Brody.
In lieu of flowers, Mark's family requests donations to the Boys and Girls Club of Salem.
A pictorial tribute will be at 10:30am Friday, Aug. 1st at Queen of Peace Catholic Church followed by a Mass of Christian Hope at 11:00am. Private interment will be at Belcrest Memorial Park. Assisting the family Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.
Published in StatesmanJournal on July 30, 2014