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Gary Lewis Mark
March 5, 1953 - September 21, 2020
At 12:04 a.m. on September 21, heaven opened its gates to welcome another angel. Affectionately known as GL to his close friends, Gary Mark tragically died from complications after a car accident in Tucson on September 20. Born on March 5, 1953 at Grandview Hospital in Ironwood, MI, Gary graduated from Grant High School in 1970. He then completed his undergrad education at UCSB. He graduated magna cum laude from Cal Western Law School. He practiced law for many years with specialties of Workmen's Comp And Personal Injury. Gary was appointed a Judge Protem in 1996. He retired in 2001. Gary maintained two homes in San Diego and Tucson.
Gary was predeceased by his parents, Howard and Edythe Mark, and his younger brother, Jeff Mark.
He is survived by his beloved daughters, Jacqueline Mark and Samantha Lawson, as well as their mother, Jane Mark. He is also survived by Samantha's spouse, Jose Lawson and Jacqueline's spouse, Joseph Smith. Gary was grandfather to grandsons Caden and Royal Lawson and to Zariah Smith as well as an unborn grandchild due in March, 2021. Additionally, Gary is survived by his sister, Barbara Cunningham, and his nieces, Allison Jobin and Nicole Cunningham. Fly with the angels Dear One, and Rest In Peace.

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Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Oct. 13, 2020.
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October 25, 2020
Gary was a good friend and is missed. The memories of the good times will last forever. RIP GL.
October 24, 2020
GARY WAS KIND SWEET MAN. I Didn’t know he passed away. I Knew Gary for about 4 years. He loved his girls do much. He talked about them often. I would always laugh with him and Elvis. My heart goes out to Jane and his girls and grandchildren. We all will remember
The good times when you were here.
October 17, 2020

When I met Gary it was on a weekend at his mom’s house Oceanside. He would serenade her on his guitar with Stairway to Heaven. He was funny, and his humor had an edge to it, so we got on well right away.

That Sunday morning he’d been reading the Pennysaver and found something he wanted, a car. “Can you give me a lift to Encinitas?”

“Sure,” says Barb and off we go.

The house was on one of those gold rolling hills overlooking the Pacific. A Jaguar with beautiful lines sat at the curb. Gary smiled. A guy came out of the house and they walked around the sedan a couple of times, popped the hood, and walked onto the sidewalk and huddled. Five minutes later we left. He got it for $450. It didn’t run, but that didn’t bother Gary one bit. He had plans.

Gary always had plans and imagination. I’ll miss his bravado.
Steven Hunley
October 16, 2020
Most would say friendship is established by familiarity gained during the days, months, and years two individuals invest in eachothers company........not so!
From minute one of our meeting, I was intently aware that I was in the presence of a very spirited and exceptionally intelligent person who possessed a wit and sense of humor about the world around him, I recognized him immediately as a kindred spirit.
I was privileged to share a brief part of his life and those special moments, often sharing our thoughts about the joy, and sometimes the pain written in the chapters of our life. Of the love and unspoken closeness we felt for our daughters and the difficulties of standing in observation instead of doing the "daddy thing" and making everything all better.
We also shared the experience of divorce and were open about the tangible emotion and love remaining for that missing person in our lives.
Gary, my friend, brother in spirit, you showed me we were both perfect for our own individual history.
His beliefs were shaped in a court room, his resolve was kindness and empathy for those lucky enough to share oxygen with him.
I was one of those lucky people and already miss his smile, and most of all......that damn twinkle in his eyes.
If ever your image dims in the eyes of those who knew you, your wonderous gift of compassion and love shall smile from within our hearts....for ever.
Joseph Davis
October 16, 2020
I had a lot of fun with you, I wish I could have talked to you again..
Logan Owen Young
October 15, 2020
Memories from your birth and till your ending. I know we loved each other in a way only siblings can. What a gift. My heart is breaking to picture my world without you. But I am comforted knowing you are no longer in pain and are reunited with Mom, Dad and Jeff. I miss you so much and love you for eternity.
Barbara Cunningham
October 15, 2020
May joy and peace surround you,
Contentment latch your door,
And happiness be with you now,
And bless you evermore.
Jason suchin
October 15, 2020
Gary and I where just becoming friends. When I left him in Tucson we had just gone on a long bike ride out this little windy road past old Tucson or at least a movie set of old Tucson. Out the "Cactus Forest Drive". Its about an 8 mile long tight turned 35 mile an hour top speed road that twists itself through the Rincon District of the Saquaro National Park just east of Tucson. We stopped on the way back got a cold soda and sat and talked for a while. We spoke of plans to remodel the San Diego Home to create a second master bedroom for his daughter, fixing up some of the cars he had at the Tucson property, and then finally rebuilding his home that was destroyed by fire. My point in sharing all of this is to show how he never slowed done always full of ideas and plans he wanted to get started on i only knrw him a short while but from the stories he told of his career, his hobbies, and his music i could see that thst was pretty much how he had lived his entire life. Im glad he had enough time to share some with me he will be missed by so many im sure. He touched my life like im sure he did anybody he came in contact with. Rest in peace Gary and thabk you for accepting me into your homes and taking the time to get to know me.

Michael P.
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