Mark C. Sullivan
1955 - 2009
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Mark C. Sullivan March 16, 1955 - July 11, 2009 Mark C. Sullivan, a kind, gentle soul passed away peacefully at his home in Bozeman, Montana surrounded by loved ones. Mark was the third son born to Jere N. and Elsie B. Sullivan. His parents raised him to strive to be the best at whatever he chose to do, and, as well, sparked his passion for travel, particularly to places with a beach. Mark spent the first eighteen years of his life in Bakersfield, moved to Bozeman to attend college, and lived there for the remainder of his life. Over the course of his life, Mark was most proud to have achieved the status of Eagle Scout, to have built a successful business (TCS, Inc.), and was honored to serve as board member for both The Boys and Girls Club of SW Montana and Sky Federal Credit Union. While his accomplishments were many, Mark always referred to himself as "...just a phone man". Mark loved and found peace at his cabin in "The Crazies" mountain range that he built by hand with "his girls" along with the help of many friends. He loved to hunt, fish, play poker, and entertain anyone who would come to visit. His door was always open. Mark is survived by his wife Susan with whom he shared 34 years of adventure, and beloved daughters Laura and Kelley, who share both his desire to be the best at what they do and his quest for adventure. He is also survived by his siblings: Jere (Sandi) Sullivan, Barry Sullivan, Ellen (Gilbert) Ansolabehere, and Greg (April) Sullivan; his aunt, Sally Sullivan Schulze; and many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins. Along with his family, he will be sorely missed by his dear friends locally and in Bozeman. A celebration of Mark's life was held Saturday, July 18th at the Gallatin Gateway Inn, right outside Bozeman. A local gathering will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mark's memory may be made to either The Evergreen Chapter of the ALS Society, 19110 66th Ave., South, #G101, Kent, WA 98032 or The Boys and Girls Club of SW Montana, 600 Bridger Dr., Bozeman, MT 59715. If you would like to share personal memories of times spent with Mark, please e-mail them to

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Published in Bakersfield Californian on Jul. 21, 2009.
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July 18, 2009
To Susan and family,

I remember a few years ago being invited to share the Christmas season at your home. I knew only Susan as a fellow teacher, but I was welcomed by Mark and your daughters. I walked away that night admiring what I had experienced--a extraordinary family whose love is deep and caring. Which, in turn,became an inspiration for me to be a better person. I feel blessed to have shared that time with all of you. Thank you--to all of you,
Joanne (Rolfes) Gores
Joanne (Rolfes) Gores
July 18, 2009

Dear Susan, Laura, and Kelly I am sorry not to be with you this morning as you celebrate and grieve. You are all in my prayers and thoughts. I remember clearly the days we struggled together skinning trees that would become the cabin. Many good times Mark is already missed. Blessings of comfort amid your loss.
brent wepprecht
July 17, 2009
Susan and family, Joanne and I were pained to hear of Mark's death. I am amazed how he would solve impossible problems with ease. I'm positive I saw him do a few miracles (he thought I wasn't looking). A first class angel if I ever saw one!
Ronald Boeckman
July 17, 2009
Susan and family, I don't know if you will remember me, I knew Mark from the Livingston Hospital. I was one who was able to do some work on your cabin several years ago. I am so sorry and grieve with you in losing Mark so early in your life together. I admired your success in business and your shared determination to enjoy this life as it came, not waiting for "retirement" to do so. I was privileged to know Mark. Sincerely, Chuck Blair
Chuck Blair
July 16, 2009
Susan,Laura and Kelly,
Rich and I were very sorry to hear the news of Mark's death. I will forever remember him for his wearing his sunglasses at night (a favorite song of mine) and for his fun loving style of approching all that he did. His quiet ways and infectious smile will be with us forever.
We are here for you when you need us.
Jane Arthur
July 16, 2009
I would just like to express my condolences to the family at this time and leave words of comfort. Those words can be found in the bible book of Psalm 37:10,11, and 29 that tells of a time when God will do away with all the wicked ones forever and only those righteous will be left on earth surrounded by peaceful conditions. I hope that you can gain comfort from these words during your time of distress.
Debra Walker
July 15, 2009
To Susan and your girls, we would like to offer our deepest condolences. We were both so sorry to hear the news. Mark was a one of a kind. He will be missed. We are right around the corner if you ever need anything.
Amy Bunch
July 15, 2009
Our family will forever miss him. As my Uncle Jere (Mark's father) would have said: "He's one of the good ones!". My grief is shared with Susan, Laura, and Kelly, as well as his brothers and sister (my cousins). I am with you all in thought and prayer during this time. Love, Casey
Casey Quinn
July 15, 2009
Dear Susan,
I would like to wish you and your daughters my condolences on Mark.
I was in shock when I heard the news today.
I hope he is in a better place.
I really enjoyed having the opportunity to meet you both when visiting last year when I was with Telrad Connegy. We had fun sharing some conversation while eating and drinkng at the brewery.
He was a great guy and I wish I had more visits with him.
I will salute him this evening with a toast and remember what you stated about Mark thoughts that everyday is a new day and enjoy life.
Again sorry for your loss and wish you the best.
Larrry Green (Telrad Connegy)
3277 Avenida de Sueno
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Larry Green
July 15, 2009
I wish to pass my regrets to Marks family I am lucky to have known Mark for many years and as a fellow "phoneman" he will be deeply missed. Thank you for sharing him with us!
Rob Langworthy
July 15, 2009
To Susan, Laura, and Kelly: My deepest condolences. I remember Mark as such a fun guy - he never minded the wild girls in the house! Peace and love to your family.
Keri (Waggener) McGinley
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