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Mark Bryan Watson

Louisville, KY, Kentucky

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WATSON MARK BRYAN, 48, died Sunday, September 28, 2008 in Tampa Bay after a long battle with cancer. Born in Chicago, he was a graduate of Eastern High School and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Mark's career as a musician spanned over thirty years with many bands, including Tempus Fugit...

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My heart goes out to Mark's family, to his son Michael, and to his wife, Karen.

I am so sorry for your loss:

I will always remember Mark as incredibly smart, and talented.

As someone ever changing, sweet, stubborn and kind.

Mark had his own way of looking at the world.

He always managed to open up my mind. Always.

With love and sympathy,
Victoria

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. May the music bring you joy and laughter heal your sorrow.

An enormous amount of energy left this world when Mark made his transition. Strains of his voice singing "She's my Wife" are blowing in the wind along with the sax melody. His humor, sax and talking will be missed. We send our love and prayers to Karen, Michael and Pat. His enthusiasm was inspiring.

I met Mark almost 20 years ago back in the days of Jockamo's and the sunday night jam sessions with then McHenry, Miller and Young. It was always a treat when Mark showed up to play and especially when he would nail "On Broadway." I'm thinking of you Mark, and of your family whom I know you love so much. Peace my friend, Karen B.

So sad to see this today. I hadn't seen Mark in many, many years. Certain days or times of the year make you think back, bring around old memories. So when I go back to the last half of the 70's it will almost always involve a few shots of partying with Mark, Steven Lamb, Dot man, Gertis and Norman. Sneaking into Foxboro's pool for a midnight swim and a few cold beers. The Good music, great laughs, the political debates( believe it or not), and the intake of munchies. Mark was a good person,...

We met you at the Hideaway. Then came the Marks and the All-Star Band and watching your son, Michael, and the great music and the great times, and the trip to Chicago and then back again when you and Karen wed by the fountain and meeting in Key West and Clearwater on the beach and just so much more. We miss you and always loved you.

It is with incredible sadness that I learned of Mark's recent passing. I met Mark four years ago at the KCI clinic. We sat side by side for hours absorbing chemotherapy as we both were battling cancer. Mark was an incredible fighter. He served as an inspiration to me during my own illness. His experience, wisdom, suggestions, encouragement, and sense of humor on life and the disease left an indelible impression on me. As a fellow musician I can testify that the house band in heaven just...

I only knew Mark from Eastern High School and was looking forward to seeing him at an upcoming reunion. Mark and I were not best friends but he was hilarious and so confident in his own ways. I will always appreciate his musical talent. So sorry for your loss Laura Strobel Ryan