Mark Emerson

Mark Donald Emerson
3-27-1962 - 4-9-2013
Mark Donald Emerson was born in Pocatello, Idaho, on March 27, 1962. He attended schools in Salem, Oregon, and Nampa, Idaho. He graduated cum laude from Nampa High School. He attended Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, receiving a B.A. degree in psychology and history.
In 1997 Mark graduated from Central Baptist Seminary in Kansas City, Kansas, with a Masters' Degree in Theology. He served as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Littleton, Colorado, and Aurora Baptist Church in Denver, Colorado.
Mark earned an M.A. degree from the University of Northern Alabama and a Ph.D. from the University of Idaho. He taught in the Departments of Business Administration at George Fox University/Boise and at Northwest Nazarene University.
Mark's major interests in high school and college were football, flute and band, and drama. He was a voracious reader and eagerly engaged in discussing ideas and current events. He enjoyed swimming, and earned college money as a summer life guard at church camp.
Mark loved to teach, whether in the classroom, in Sunday School, or explaining things in casual conversation. As a college professor he used humor to engage his students as he clarified abstract ideas and concepts. As a pastor, preacher, and Bible teacher, he made biographies and history and truth become real and applicable to twenty-first century living. His counsel was wise and pertinent.
Mark was preceded in death by his father, Robert J. Emerson, M.D., his grandparents Donald and Florence Emerson, and the Rev. Herbert and Beulah Cederberg. He is survived by his wife Kimberly and their daughters Kristen and Jessica, his mother Marilyn Emerson, his brothers John Emerson and Paul Emerson, his uncle Herbert Cederberg (Alice), and his father-in-law Ken Beynon (Kathleen).
A memorial service will be held at College Church of the Nazarene in Nampa on Friday, April 12, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cathedral Pines Baptist Camp, HC 64, Box 8296, Ketchum, ID 83340, or to the church of your choice. Services under the care of Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel, Nampa 466-3545.

Funeral Home

Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel
404 Tenth Avenue South Nampa, ID 83651
(208) 466-3545

Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Apr. 11, 2013