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Mark Howard Fortson, age 62, a native and lifelong resident of Bradenton, FL, passed away suddenly on Monday, August 14, 2017. Mark is survived by his wife, Donna; his daughter Lauren Fortson; siblings Gary Fortson, Paul Fortson, and Teresa Fortson Cook; Nieces, Rebecca Fortson, Marissa Fortson, Mariah Fortson, and Skyler Cook; Nephew, Austin Cook; Sister-in-law, Debbie Kilpatrick; Brothers-in-law, Terry Kilpatrick and Terrence Cook. He is preceded in death by parents, Lawrence Howard "Bud" Fortson and Ruth Fortson. Mark was a devoted husband and father. He was a graduate of Manatee High School class of 1972. He worked as a contractor for most of his life and built many beautiful homes between Bradenton, Naples, and the St. Augustine areas. Mark was an avid, self-taught chef. He loved history of all kinds, especially local Manatee County and Bradenton area history. He also loved to collect coins and kept an extensive collection. Mark will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him. We will always carry his memory in our hearts. A gathering of friends to remember his life will occur at a later time. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Jude Children's Cancer Hospital or the American Heart Association. Online condolences for the family may be given at

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Published in Bradenton Herald on Aug. 20, 2017.
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August 23, 2017
Our prayers and love to all family members and friends, God Bless from Butch and Edie Van Ostenbridge
August 22, 2017
A friend from 8 years old. Mark,you will be missed.
Charles Wooten IV
August 21, 2017
I had the opportunity to grow up with Mark's Father, "Bud"; watched Mark from his childhood. I share a great respect for all of the Fortson family. The community will miss Mark. My heartfelt condolences to the family.
Joe Garrott
August 21, 2017
Just heard the news of Marks passing. Our hearts are deeply saddened. He was a good friend who was always there for us. Love to the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will miss you my friend!
Sandy and JIm Foster
August 20, 2017
We both feel fortunate to have known Mark and we are so very sorry for your loss.
Len & Ann Ecker
August 20, 2017
Our sincere condolences to family and friends of our Alumnus

Manatee High Alumni Association
Bradenton, Florida
August 20, 2017
I grew up at the Fortson's house, Mark was like another brother to me. Such a good guy. He will be missed. My thoughts to Gary, Paul and Teresa.
Rick Lewis
August 20, 2017
Mark was a great guy and a good friend for many years. Condolences and prayers for all the family & friends.
Rest In Peace Mark.
Deborah Thrasher
August 20, 2017
Blessings to those Mark left behind. I enjoyed knowing and graduating with Mark. May the peace of our Lord fill the void he left..
Phill Baker
August 19, 2017
Lucky to have been friends with Mark since grade-school. He had a way of making you feel like royalty even if it was just handing you a slice of pizza.
His graciousness will live on in my heart.

Godspeed my friend.

We are all eternal.

Denny Lutz
Denny Lutz
August 18, 2017
Mark was the best neighbor anyone could ask for when raising children. He was always there to help us when it was needed, and I there for him. We would always count on each other when it was time to get the children from school. I must say he had a heart of gold when it came to his daughter Lauren and my girls.
He only wanted the best care and always worried like I did. Talking many years ago but I will say.
I will miss him a lot, and so will my husband. Jeannie & Walter Babcock
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