MITCHELL, Mark Jeffery March 11, 1986 - February 16, 2013 It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of Mark and his partner Emily Grace Morin who, along with their housemate Georgia Klap, were tragically taken in a house fire in Victoria on Saturday, February 16, 2013. Mark leaves his parents Mike and Jori, his brother Kevin and his sister Megan along with his grandparents Earle and Lorna Klohn, many aunts, uncles, cousins and countless friends. Mark was a true Renaissance man. His interests were many and varied and he pursued them with a passion for knowledge and understanding seldom seen. He is remembered for his kindness and caring for his family, for the people around him and for the world in which he lived. He exemplified the idea that one person can make a difference. Many people talk about their concerns for the environment - Mark actually got his hands dirty in pursuit of that goal. His interest in the land and in farming was shared with his soul mate Emily and together they were on the road to making a difference in the world. Mark also had a great love of music and books. He played guitar and piano with many of his friends and there he found an expression of his tender care and joy for all creation. He left no book unread and left no leaf unexamined. He will be remembered for his wit, his heart, and smile. The latter always seemed to suggest that he was enjoying some secret, special thoughts. He did not waste words and was always happy not to be in a hurry. He embodied the drive to understand the world around him. Whether it was growing carrots or counting crows he had a thirst for knowledge and found so many ways to drink from the cup. His life is a testament to curiosity, initiative and exploration. We thank him for his gifts to all of us and for a legacy of hope that will never pass away. He is greatly missed. Godspeed, Mark. We love you beyond what words can express. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Johnson Street Fire Victims trust fund at VanCity. Celebration of Life Service for friends and family of both Mark and Emily will be held at Friendship Community Church, 7820 Central Saanich Road at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 24th.
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Published in Victoria Times-Colonist from Feb. 22 to Feb. 23, 2013