Born April 14, 1958 and passed away July 10, 2015 due to complications of ALS disease. Mark was born in Lodi, then grew up and lived in Elk Grove. In his youth, he worked in the family business, Derr Lumber Co, for many years. As an adult, he worked side by side with Cindy, his wife of 33 years, at Sacramento Raceway, another family business. Mark was a standout athlete at Elk Grove High School, playing football, baseball, basketball and track. He also played baseball for many years in the MSBL and was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame as a catcher with the nickname "Iron Man". Mark enjoyed coaching his children and giving back his knowledge, time, talent and positivity to the Elk Grove Sports Community. Mark had an amazing and rare zest for life and his spirit will live on through all the people he touched. He was an exceptional ly well-loved person and his warmth was infectious. Mark is survived by his wife, Cindy; daughters, Allie and Tori; son, Michael; and brothers, Bob, Rick and Chet. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, July 24th at First Baptist Church of Elk Grove at 1:00 pm (8939 E Stockton Blvd). A short reception will follow and a Celebration of His Life will be held Saturday, July 25th.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Jul. 19, 2015.