Mark David Leblang who after beginning his career in advertising art developed his skills in sales to become Oxi- Clean’s international television marketer in its early days under the name Mark Albertson, died on Friday April 30 at Courtyard Towers in Mesa, Arizona. He was 75. Presenting products on TV to audiences in London, Japan and Germany, Mark had an infectious laugh and enjoyed bringing everyone into the latest joke. He was born in 1946 and grew up in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, the youngest son of Irene Ruth (Hark) and Albert Bernhart Leblang. He attended Owen J. Roberts High School and worked after class in his father’s home products business, The Boys Linoleum Store, long a presence on the main shopping street in Pottstown. He studied art at Hussian College in Philadelphia and worked in advertising sales at a number of Philadelphia radio stations. After moving to Arizona in the 1990’s, he owned and operated two restaurants in the Phoenix area: Belly Fillers in Scottsdale, and Philly Cheese Steaks in Chandler, AZ. Following a series of strokes in 2014, Mark moved into Courtyard Towers, a high-rise independent and memory-care senior residence in Mesa, Arizona. Having regained his strength he became much the life of the party at Courtyard, serving as bartender for resident events and general all-around raconteur. He was much beloved by the Courtyard community and will be dearly missed. Mark is survived by his older brother, Nathan Leblang, of Phoenix, Arizona. Arrangements are being handled by Sinai Mortuary of Arizona.
Published in The Mercury from May 3 to May 4, 2021.