Mark Eckard
1956 - 2017
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Mark E. Eckard
October 22, 1956 - October 2, 2017
Los Angeles, CA
Mark Edwin Eckard of North Hollywood, California died on October 2, 2017 of an apparent heart attack while playing basketball with friends at the YMCA near his home. He was 60 years old.
Although he was unpretentious in his manner, to his family and friends Mark will be lovingly remembered as a man of remarkable intellect, sophistication, and wit. He was curious about all manner of things; and it was this curiosity, coupled with his intellectual gift, which led him to excel in mathematics, science, history, literature, and the arts.
Mark was also athletically talented. Although he played basketball frequently, he was only a sporadic golfer who always seemed to break 80 with his illmatched or borrowed clubs.
He was a precocious child, memorizing and reciting "Twas The Night Before Christmas" during a church service at the age of five. He excelled in school – studying with Dr. Carl Sagan at Cornell University during the summer of his junior year at Dallastown High School. After graduating as co-valedictorian of his class in 1974, he enrolled at MIT to study math and physics. However, after his second year his interests shifted prompting him to transfer to the University of Southern California where he studied film and graduated with a degree in Literature. After working in York as a technical writer, he relocated to the Boston area in the 1980s to work as a software designer and engineer for Epsilon Data Management. It was while at Epsilon that he met the love of his life and intellectual equal, Sarah.
Mark then became a freelance designer of software systems and educational websites, which enabled him and Sarah to spend the winters on the beach in Santa Monica, CA. It was during the winter of 2001 that Mark appeared on and became an undefeated five-time Jeopardy champion. He also participated in the 2001 Jeopardy Tournament of Champions and the 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions.
Mark and Sarah relocated to the Los Angeles area in 2008, where Mark was able to pursue his passion for writing. He has written plays, screenplays, short stories and was midway through his first novel. There was just a dramatic reading of his play "Vavilov's Garden" in April of this year at Cal Tech. In short, Mark was a true renaissance man. Sadly he was taken from us far too soon to fulfill his literary promise.
Mark was the husband and best friend of artist, Sarah Hage. He is survived by his parents, Ken and Joann Eckard; his brother, Ken Eckard; and his sisters, Karen Wolf (and her husband, Joe Wolf) and Jennifer Malehorn; as well as his nieces and nephews, Jason and Adam Wolf, Elliot and Elizabeth Eckard, and Katie and Brian Malehorn. He is also survived by his brothers-in-law, Joe and John Hage; their wives, Traci and Lydia, and their children, Luke, Joelle, Isabelle, Giuliana and Gabriela; and his sister-in-law, Catherine Hage.
A memorial for Mark was held in Los Angeles recently. A Celebration of Life will be held at Temple Baptist Church, 2550 Pine Grove Road, York, PA 17403 on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 10 a.m. Old friends are invited. The hearts of Mark's family and friends are broken by their loss. In memory of Mark, please hug your family and close friends and tell them that you love them; because you never know if they will be here tomorrow.

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Published in York Daily Record on Oct. 8, 2017.
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October 25, 2017
Sarah and the Eckard Family- our hearts go out to you and we are so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of hanging out in your kitchen in Bedford with Mark and Sarah overlooking your beautiful garden. Mark was always so warm, calm and kind. Moving to California and leaving dreary Massachusetts gave you both such joy. Although way too short, Mark clearly lived a loving, creative and engaging life. -Love, Liz, Jon, Rebecca and Zach
Liz Salsburg
October 12, 2017
Dear Uncle Ken and Aunt Joann It was a shock to hear about Mark I`ll be up there in york for his memorial service
Your Nephew
Mike Trent
Michael Trent
October 12, 2017
I'm heartbroken to hear of the loss of an old friend. Rest in peace, Mark.
Susan Shaw-Parente
October 10, 2017
My sorrow and condolences for your loss of a son and brother. I am Philip/Betty Rogers daughter.
Darlene Rogers-Rose
October 9, 2017
Joann, Ken & Family
My prayers and thoughts are with all of you during this great loss. I pray God will comfort you and give you peace in the precious memories you have of Mark. God Bless You All!

Shelley & Bruce LeMaster, York, PA
October 8, 2017
My husband and I knew Mark and Sarah through Sarah's brother John. We will miss him. We are sorry for your loss.
-Susan Messinger
October 8, 2017
Ken and Joann and Family, i am so very sorry for your loss,my prayers for you all is to have peace in knowing that heaven received a very special angel.Love you ALL. Kathy and Bill and Family.
Kathy Burkins
October 8, 2017
Ken and Joann and Family, i am so very sorry for your loss,my prayers for you all is to have peace in knowing that heaven received a very special angel.Love you ALL. Kathy and Bill and Family.
Kathy Burkins
October 8, 2017
Ken and Joann and Family, i am so very sorry for your loss,my prayers for you all is to have peace in knowing that heaven received a very special angel.Love you ALL. Kathy and Bill and Family.
Kathy Burkins
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