Mark McWhirter
1959 - 2020
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Mark Richard McWhirter

October 16, 1959 - June 20, 2020

Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Uncle and Friend

Mark Richard McWhirter, of Durango, Colorado, age 60, passed away unexpectedly at home on Saturday, June 20, 2020. Beloved husband of Machelle McWhirter. Cherished father of Matt McWhirter (Victoria), Jennifer McWhirter (Seth Kelly), and Madison McWhirter (Tanner Reidy). Respected Step-father of DJ Morris and Damian Morris. Loving son of Richard and Barbara Hintz McWhirter. Admired brother of Jeff McWhirter (MaryAnn), Mike McWhirter (Judi) and Steve McWhirter. A fun Uncle to all. He is also survived by his former wife and friend, Karen McWhirter.

Mark was born on October 16, 1959 in Wyandotte, Michigan to Richard and Barbara Hintz McWhirter. He grew up in Warren, Michigan and moved to Bloomfield Hills, Michigan as a teenager. Later on, Mark earned his degree from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Mark married Machelle Ready on August 26, 2000 in Maui, Hawaii and they were married for 20 beautiful years. They had many wonderful years in Yorba Linda, California and recently moved to Durango, Colorado for Mark to fulfill his dream of living in the mountains. Mark was a successful entrepreneur and owner of Pacific Metal Cutting. He was a generous philanthropist to many individual people and organizations. If Mark's beaming smile didn't catch your eye, his joyful and adventurous soul would. He was a man who was kind to everyone, however his family had his whole heart, they were his everything. His work ethic and drive could not be matched. He was a passionate man who spent his down time chasing the beautiful highs of life: fast cars, flying airplanes, river rafting, skiing. Any adventure, he was up for it. Mark is forever loved and will be deeply missed. Please join us for A Celebration of Life honoring Mark Richard McWhirter, which will be held on July 11, 2020 at 1pm at Messiah Lutheran Church in Yorba Linda, California. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CHOC Children's Foundation or the La Plata County Humane Society.

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Published in The Durango Herald on Jun. 25, 2020.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
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Celebration of Life
01:00 PM
Messiah Lutheran Church
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July 10, 2020
A man that was very generous to others. Sponsored many youth sports teams our kids played together on. Also gave my son a summer job sweeping the floors between his college semesters. A good man gone too soon.
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July 6, 2020
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June 27, 2020
So sad to hear this news prayers for all family and friends during this hard time may god bless you
Gil Mains
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June 26, 2020
Mark was clearly an incredible father as his children and my best friend jenny shows this. His dedication to his family and how he would go the extra mile and support his kids was so incredible . He would cheer me and Jenny on to run a marathon and was the kindest , most fun dad ever. He will be missed greatly and has his wonderful children to live on his legacy. I went To the river with him and Jenny before and always thought he was exactly how a dad should be. All in to support his children and all of their endeavors . His kids have countless memories they will never forget from all of the vacations and fun times they had together .
Jenna
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