Mark Forrest Gordon
Mark Forrest Gordon, a beloved member of the Chandler community
and well respected physician in his field, was taken from us suddenly on December 24, 2004. Mark was born on March 25, 1953 in Camp Haugen, Mutsuichikawa, Japan to James and Lois Gordon. He married Kathryn Loy Hermann on June 1, 1974. He is survived by parents James and Lois Gordon, brother James Gordon, wife Kathryn Gordon, son Scott Gordon, and daughters Andrea Davidson and Kelly Gordon. He was a devoted father, supportive husband, and cherished brother and son. Mark attended Ft. Collins High School in Ft. Collins. CO, and after his graduation in 1971, went on to attend Colorado State University, where he graduated in 1975 with high distinction. He then graduated from the school of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. Mark had a distinguished career in the Army Medical Corps for more than 10 years, and served as the officer in charge of the NATO Health Clinic in Brussels, Belgium from 1980 to 1982. After his service to the Army, he served the Chandler community for several years with the Thomas-Davis Medical Center as an OB/GYN. Following his work with TDMC, he established his own private practice with partner Karen Starkey, which has flourished these past 5 years. Friends, colleagues, and patients are welcome to attend a visitation Thursday, December 30, 2004 from 6-8 PM with funeral services to be held Friday, December 31, 2004 at 10:30 AM, both at Green Acres Chapel of Light, 401 N. Hayden Rd. Scottsdale, AZ.
Published by The Arizona Republic from Dec. 28 to Dec. 29, 2004.
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There has not been a single day in the past 13 months that the Gordon family has not been on my mind!! I hope that you are doing well and want to express my deep sympathy again for your great loss! Last week we found out that we are going to have a new addition to the family and I cannot help but think that without Dr Gordon's help, we not only would not be pregnant now, but we would not have the 2 beautiful girls, daily reminders of his great work, with us in our lives! As we sat in the office just 2 days ago, my 3 year old, who knew Dr Gordon looked at his picture and said, Mommy, that is Dr Gordon, my good Dr!" and a few minutes later my 1 year old, who Dr Gordon delivered, pointed to that same picture and said, "nice!" Dr Gordon made SO much possible for our family and for that we are forever greatful!! You will never be forgotten, Dr Gordon, my girls know you now and will grow up hearing many stories of you! Also know that your family will continue to be in my daily thoughts forever!!!

To the greatful patient who so graceously kept this going for all of us, I am not sure you know how much it meant to me, but it truly meant a lot!!! It helped me through some VERY hard times. I Thank You!!

Until me meet again, you will be loved and missed!
The Kniss Family
(Jason, Damiana, Damiana Marie, Amaya Monei, Baby Kniss #3)
Damiana Kniss
January 26, 2006
I recently found out about Dr. Gordon's death. It has been years since I have seen him but I have very fond memories of him and all that he did for myself and my daughter who he delivered. I just wanted to say what a wonderful man he was and I hope that this note might provide some comfort to his family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Robin Rollando
January 11, 2006
The last appointment I had with you was December 7, 2004. You had a hard time finding my baby's heartbeat that morning. You reassured me that everything was ok and not to worry. You found her hanging out by my belly button. She was hiding from you. Then you laughed and said "What a brat"! ....You could'nt have been more right about her! She is a pistol! Everytime I think about that day, I smile.

I miss you. I think about you and your son all the time.

I pray your family will find comfort in the good memories they have of you and Drew.

God bless.
Catherine Oliver
January 10, 2006
I just wanted to let you know that as we celebrated Lilyan's first birthday on December 24, 2005 we remembered that day and you. You are still with us in our hearts and spirits and will never be forgotten.
Rachel Gledhill
January 9, 2006
To the Gordon Family....

I just want to let you know that you are still in my thoughts and prayers. I can't believe it's been a year already.

Dr. Gordon was such a wonderful person and helped me thru a difficult pregnancy.

He touched so many lives. He was a gift.
Amy Matthew
January 8, 2006
To the Gordon family, I have continued to think about Dr. Gordon a lot during the past year. I truly miss him as he was one of my favorite doctors. I especially thought about your family and Dr. Gordon during our candle light service on Christmas Eve. I'm sure this Christmas had to be hard but I'm wishing you much peace and many blessings in the new year. I'm scheduled to have surgery this month and it will be extremely hard not having Dr. Gordon in the operating room with me. I know that he will be looking down from heaven and guiding the surgeon that will be doing it. Depending on the outcome of the surgery, I may have to make a big decision sometime down the road. It will be hard to not have Dr. Gordon to talk to about this. I will just take one day at a time. It is a wonderful feeling to know how many lives he touched and that his legacy will live on forever! When I went in for my pre-op visit for the surgery, it was really hard to not hear Dr. Gordon tell me that he and I had a date together that would be coming up!I too will never forget how much he helped me, his sense of humor, and how much he cared about me as a patient. I'm a special education teacher and one day when I had an appointment with Dr.Gordon he saw that both of my arms were covered with bruises. I explained to him and Emmalou that I had a student that would pinch me whenever he got angry. At my next appointment, Emmalou told me that Dr. Gordon was very angry when he saw my arms because no teacher should have to take that kind of abuse. That told me how much he cared about me as a patient. Dr. Gordon will always have a very special place in my heart as I know he does with many of his other patients. Again, many thanks to his special family for sharing such a wonderful man with us and for sharing Drew with so many others. May you have a very blessed new year!! I love you Dr. Gordon!!
Susan Cox
January 6, 2006
Dear Gordon Family,
I cannot believe that it has been a whole year since the traggedy of losing such a wonderful man and his son. I hope that you were able to find some sort of peace this past year and that your family has found strength in holding you all together. May you have a safe and blessed new year!
Lisa E. Smith
January 6, 2006
Dear Gordon family,

I just wanted you to know that I have been thinking of you this holiday season. I know it must be a difficult time for you. I have not forgotten Dr. Gordon or Drew; your family is still in my prayers.

With much love from a grateful patient.
Lisa Gustafson
January 5, 2006
I want the family of Dr. Gordon to know that we are still thinking about them and praying for them. This Christmas must have been unimaginably hard without Dr. Gordon and Drew, and our hearts go out to them. We have not forgotten about them, and they will remain in our thoughts and prayers as we cherish the memories we have. I miss Dr.Gordon even more now as we are due with our second baby in a few weeks. You held a special place in our hearts, and we were so honored and privileged to have you guide us through our first pregnancy and delivery. You were amazingly caring and I will always hold a special place in my heart for you. To the family of Dr. Gordon, our thoughts and prayers are with you still, and the memory of your husband, father, son and brother is still very much alive. God bless all of you!
April Mecham
January 5, 2006
Dearest Dr. Gordon,
Not long ago, I found out that you were no longer with us. Not only were you my doctor who delivered 2 of 4 of my children, but my inspiration. I will soon be an RN and it's all because of you. Thank you so much. May God bless you and your family always.
Erika Rodriguez
July 10, 2005
Dearest Dr. Gordon,
I just found out today when I called to make my yearly appointment. I am at a loss for words. I really felt that you were always more than a Doctor to me. I felt like you were part of my family. You always took your time to make both my husband and myself feel like you were our friend and not just another patient to see. I will never be able to find another Doctor like you. You are truely irreplacable not only as my Doctor but as my friend. Thank you for all the years that you cared for me and my sons. We love ya and you will be truely missed by my family. Our Deepest sympathy to your wife and children. I can't imagine what a deep loss it is to them. Our hearts and prayers are with you. May you and your son be at peace for I know that you are in a beautiful place.
Carmen Mayhew
June 8, 2005
Having been on a work assignment for the past six months, I just returned to Arizona and heard the news of the passing of Dr. Gordon and his son, Drew.

To Kathryn Gordon, the rest of the Gordon family, his friends, co-workers and patients,

I can only hope that the beautiful and loving stories posted here will help ease some of the sorrow that comes with such a terrible loss.

Dr. Gordon was a dear gentle man who always made me comfortable with his humor and honest concern. I am very proud to have known him and join the long list of people whose lives he touched. He will long be remembered as a very special man.

My prayers go out to you all.
Leslie Curtis
April 17, 2005
Dr. Gordon

to an excellent, and highly respected OB/GYN. I never knew you well, but always heard the very best about you and your medical ethic. I'm so torn by the tragic, and sudden accident that claimed you and your son's lives. you both will froever hold a place in my heart. You are and always will be a great man. I wish the best for your wife, and family! Until we meet again....
Alaina Spurling
April 3, 2005
Wow...I am just in shock. I received a letter yesterday of Dr. Gordon's tragic death and I just couldn't believe it! I haven't known Dr. Gordon at a close personal level like many of his OB patients, but the visits I had with him...when going through my endometreosis surgery...talking about my family linkeage to cancer and his reassuring words of comfort. He made those annual visits something to look forward to. Both he and Emmalou were the epitome of greatness and comfort. I was just talking to my 16-year-old about how comforting he was and how she shouldn't be worried about going to a male doctor...that he made me feel so at ease. Dr. Gordon, you will be greatly missed! My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and co-workers.
Rebecca West
March 31, 2005
What can I say that has not been said in the multitude of condolences and messages listed here? I came to meet Dr Gordon and his nurse Emma Lou after some problem results on a pap test. I have had rheumatoid arthritis since age 11 which makes these tests even more uncomfortable than usual. Dispite this I looked forward to my visits with Dr. Gordon and Emma Lou. Their wonderful caring manner and humor (not to mention the poster of Kevin Costner on the ceiling) took the dread out of this semi-annual procedure. I was disapointed when for a period of time they dropped my insurance carrier - then was later very excited to find that they were again on my carriers list. Due to some hip surgery I had not seen them this past year. When the letter came in I thought it was a reminder to make an appointment. What a shock to read of Dr. Gordon's passing. My heart is saddened and my love and prayers go out to his family, his staff, his patients and especially Emma Lou. God bless you, give you comfort and peace as you carry on without this beloved man. He will be sorely missed.
Carolan Queneville
March 31, 2005
To the family of Dr Mark Forrest Gordon, my sincerest and deepest condolences during this sad and tragic time of loss. I can not even begin to imagine your sorrow.

Dr Gordon touched many lives and his legacy is an unabounding love that will reach far throughout the years.

I just sat with my son Ricky, 13 and my daughter, Kira Vernay, 10 and watched "The Birth of Kira Vernay Parent" dated February 25, 1995 co-starring, of course our Dr. Gordon. I cried as I told them how much their father and I admired and respected Dr. Gordon and what a big role he played in each of their entrances into this world. We laughed at the comments made about Kira's birth being "boring" because of the epidural... lol. We jokingly talked about ordering pizza and beer and Dr Gordon held up the bag in front of him so he could "catch" her on the way by...

Then, after the video was over we talked about Ricky's birth, January 14, 1990. It was 8:30am, Dr Gordon had stopped by the hospital to check on us on his way to work. I jokingly told him he had better just hang out for a bit because I was having Ricky in just a few minutes... I HAD declared it so!!!Well, Doc just laughed at me, this "1st" time Mom-to-be, smiled at me and said for me not to worry, that he'd be there when it was time and he went on to work. I guess he had just gotten to the office(about a 15-20 minute drive and walk into the office), around 9:00am and the hospital called him and back he came. Ricky was born at 9:25am. He laughed and thought it was so funny.

Wow!!! What an amazing man he was. He was our "hero". I have two beautiful children and Dr Gordon was "the man" who got them to us...

Please be comforted with the knowledge that Dr Gordon lived a life that he shared with us all and we are all better persons from being in his presence.

"There's no cure for birth and death, save to enjoy the interval."

I am proud and honored to have known Dr Gordon. I wish you all the greatest things life holds for you.

With humble and respectful regards,
Vicki D Parent, Richard(Ricky) M. Parent II and Kira Vernay Parent...
former patients, forever admirers.
Vicki Parent
March 31, 2005
To the Gordon Family and Co-workers-
I just learned of the news. My heart is broken...tears stream down my face, as I remember Dr. Gordon's humor and compassion. What a loss to his family and the medical world. My prayers are with his family. He was not only a wondeful Dr, but a wonderful man. Thank you.
Tina Adams
March 30, 2005
I too just received my notice of the passing of my most favorite doctor ever...Dr. Gordon delivered all 3 of my boys. My youngest was born on Fiesta bowl of 1999. Guess what Dr. Gordon and my husband were doing? Watching the game on TV of course. July of 2003 I lost my husband of 22 years to cancer and now I have lost another great man in my life Dr. Gordon. My thoughts and blessing to all of his family and friends at this time of grief.
Nancy Lord
March 25, 2005
I just received the tragic news about one of my favorite people ever, Dr. Mark Gordon. He was a truly special and important person in my life for over 12 years. As a doctor, his bedside manner was outstanding. As a person, he was the best. His smile, his humor and his concern always brought me comfort, even afer being diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure from the birth of my second child. I want to say thank you to Dr. Gordon for everything you brought into my life, including my two beautiful children. I will miss you immensely. My prayers go out the Gordon family and Emmalou, as well, who is the sweetest angel!!
Nancy Chambless
March 25, 2005
It is with great shock and deep sorrow that I am finally able to add to this guest book. I only learned of Dr. Gordon's death on Wednesday, March 23rd due to a letter I received in the mail. I have been crying off and on for two days. What a dear, kind, amazing person Mark was. He was not only the best doctor I have ever known, but one of the finest men as well. He made me feel safe, and comforted throughout the entire time I was in his care. I went through years of treatment for endometriosis with him. I actually hold him responsible for saving my life when I suffered a severe hemoraging incident when I was preganant. He "walked" with me through my heartbreak and ordeals during my illness, and comforted me before, during and after my hysterectomy. He had a clever, witty sense of humor, and the most contagious laugh. He was always laughing, twinkling in the eye, and never made me doubt for a second that he genuinely cared for me as a person. He was interested in my life, feelings, experiences and always had somthing kind, funny or sympathetic to say. He had, and showed with ease, a great love of people and life. People were like moths to his flame.

I saw him for the last time last summer. At that time, because of having had a hysterectomy,(and being left with only a "sock" as he would hysterically refer to it) Dr. Gordon told me that I would no longer be required to come in for regular exams. While most women might be thrilled, I had a sense of sadness;I told him that I would miss he and Emma Lou, and hoped we might run into each other sometime or that I would just have to stop by to say hello from time to time.

When people often say that "God takes the good ones young", it couldn't be more true in the case of Dr. Gordon. What a tremendous void he has left for the rest of us, but what a wonderful addition to the heavens. My deepest, heartfelt sympathies to Kathryn, and his surviving children. Emmalou, I grieve for you as well. You were a precious team whom I love dearly.

God bless the patient who is maintaining this guestbook. It is so important and comforting. I'm grateful I had somewhere to go.
Cathleen Rhodes
March 25, 2005
I just learned on the tragic loss of one of the finest human beings I have ever know. Many speak of him as a wonderful doctor and that of course goes without saying, he was THE BEST. But more important he was a wonderful outstanding man. I was not only lucky enough to work with him at Chandler Region Hospital, but he delivered each of my three boys. I could think of nobody better to first touch my sons than this loving man. I will remember him fondly every time I look at my sons and thank him over and over on each of their birthdays. He lives on in every child he helped bring into this world......
My thought and prayers are with his family, please find comfort with knowing how many people truly loved him. Thanks for sharing him with all of us.
Lauren, Alan, Carter,Cooper & Holden Symmons
Lauren Symmons
March 23, 2005
I just recieved the notice of the passing of Dr. Gordon and was so saddened. He was such a terrific person and a great doctor. He took good care of me during both of my pregnancies! I will certainly miss his laugh and his jokes. He helped me through a very difficult time in my life and he was the rock through my second pregnancy. I have two beautiful girls and I think of how many angels he brought into this world. My heart goes to Dr. Gordon's family and Emma Lou and the rest of the staff. I know Dr. Gordon is watching over all of us. Ann, Bill, Elizabeth and Katherine.
Ann FitzGerald
March 21, 2005
I just received the letter over this past weekend telling of Dr. Gordons passing. I was & am very saddened by this loss. Dr.Gordon was the most caring Dr. I could have ever hoped to find. I will miss him immensley. My most heartfelt condolences to his loved ones. May God be with you & comfort you all.
Audrea DeLaCruz
March 21, 2005
I just received notice through Gordon/Starkey OBGYN of the passing of Dr. Gordon.
He was the nicest, most caring doctor I've had. He delivered my second child, and it was the most beautiful birth ever--which was enhanced even more by the care I received from him.

I send his family and friends my most sincere condolences, this is a terrible loss.

Heather Goodwin & Family.
Heather Goodwin
March 19, 2005
March 19, 2005

Words can not express how I feel at this moment. I hadn't been to see Dr. Gordon for sometime as my insurance plan changed, but when I was under his care, there was never a time I doubted his opinion. He was such a wonderful person and the best OB/GYN I've ever known. I was shocked to hear of his passing and will always remember his beautiful smile and his compassion. My deepest sympathy to his family and staff. Respectfully,
Josephine Bradley
Apache Jct; AZ
Josephine Bradley
March 19, 2005
Dear Gordon Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. I am in shock right now. Dr. Gordon was a big part of my life for 3 years, I saw him very often. He delivered my first son in June of 2001. He was not on call for our daughter in September of 2002, but was there for us all the other times. He helped us through a miscarriage in July of 2003. He got us through a very difficult twin pregnancy and even came in on his Saturday off to deliver them last March. We are so grateful to him, he will be missed very much. Thank you for sharing him.
Maria & Robert Huth
March 15, 2005
In loving memory of Dr. Mark Gordon and his son, Drew.


Don't think of them as gone away,
their journey has just begun.
Life holds so many facets,
this earth is only one.

Just think of them as resting
from the sorrows and the tears,
in a place of warmth and comfort,
where there are no days and years.

Think of how they must be wishing
that we could know today,
how nothing but our sadness
can really pass away.

And think of them as living
in the hearts of those they touched
for nothing loved is ever lost
and they were loved so much.
March 2, 2005
March 1, 2005
Dear Gordon family,

I just recently found out about Dr. Gordon's death when I called to schedule an appointment. I am so shocked and sad...I've been crying for days. If he managed to touch my life the way he has, I can't even imagine what a loss this must be for his family.

I want to thank you, his family, for the sacrifices I'm sure you made in order for him to be such a wonderful doctor. He helped me through a miscarriage, and two births which were both difficult in their own way. He was always so gentle and caring...when I was seeing him he made me feel like I was the only person in the world, no matter how many questions I had or even if I had to cry. He also always found some way to make me laugh, managing to lighten up a situation when I was nervous or scared.

I will truly miss Dr. Gordon. I only wish there was some way I could give back to his family what he gave to me. He was a wonderful man and a wonderful doctor. I do feel blessed for the time that I knew him.
Lisa Gustafson
March 1, 2005
To Dr. Gordon's family,
We just heard the news late yesterday and are so saddened at the loss of a wonderful doctor and person. Our hearts go out to all of you. Dr. Gordon delivered our first child and I saw him again with our 2nd, but right in the middle was when he left TDMC and before he got his new practice established. So he referred me to a good friend and colleague for the couple of months I had left before delivery. All went well and I remember the day I went home with my son I looked out into the hospital hall and there was Dr. Gordon, helping out check on me and my new baby boy. My husband and I thought he was just the best. We're so very sorry for the loss of your beloved husband, father, son and brother and our friend.
Becky Ottinger
February 18, 2005
To Dr.Gordon's family, friends, and colleagues,

I moved here in March 2004 and had the same ob/gyn for the past 8 years in California. I was so nervous to find someone as wonderful in a new area. I was lucky enough to be referred by friends to the Starkey/Gordon practice. When I found out I was pregnant for the 1st time, I called the office to set up an appointment with Dr. Starkey. About a week later I had some problems and the outcome was, "no heartbeat"...a loss. We were devastated and we were asked if we'd like to meet with the Dr. right away, however, Dr. Starkey was out of town.....the office said that Dr. Gordon could see us that evening. We were the last appointment of the day and upon arrival Dr. Gordon greeted us with compassion and sincere optimism at the same time. Although our circumstances were so sad, Dr. Gordon cared for me AND my husband and answered all of our questions......even at the end of what I am sure was a long day for him. Dr. Gordon also happened to be on-call a few weeks later when I had a problem over the weekend and my husband spoke with him and made everything SO much easier. He truly had that sensibility and character of what one thinks a good Dr. should be.

Sadly, we just learned about Dr. Gordon and his son today through a friend who is also a former husband and I have been so saddened by this news. We certainly express our sincerest condolences to the family. We met with Dr. Gordon for about an hour total....and in that short hour he truly cared for us in such a wonderful manner.

Blessings to all who loved him and his son.
Gia and Tim McLaughlin
February 7, 2005
I just heart & my heart just about stopped! Im so sorry! Dr Gordon was the only OBGYN I have ever had since I moved to Arizona 14 years ago. He was the funniest, happiest, most touching person DR. I have ever met in 40 years! He delivered my firs t baby in 2000, & I gave it to him (in all fun) when he was not on call the weekend my second child decided to come in 2003. I was able to do that to him! I feel LOST without him now. My thoughts & Prayers with the Dr Gordon & his whole family, office & Emma Lou! I will miss you like you wouldnt believe!
Bard Christine
February 4, 2005
To the family and friends of Dr. Gordon...
As my gyne, Dr. Gordon had been my primary physician for many years. He and Emmalou supported me through illness, battling my insurance company, and even (aging) good health.
I may have only seen them every 6 or 12 months, but due to their kindness, good humor and great medicine, I considered him and Emmalou to be pillars of my life. I can only imagine how bereft those closer to him must feel.
But it makes me less sad, knowing that Dr. Gordon made the most of his life. The Yiddish word "mensch" expresses it best: he was a person who left us all a little better off.

With great sympathy,
Nancy Lee
Nancy Lee
January 31, 2005
I just want to tell Dr. Gordon's wife, kids, friends, co-workers, and family how sorry I am about your loss. Dr. Gordon delivered my daughter 12 1/2 years ago. I got treated like all these other patients writing in: with kindness, humor, extra care, and time to listen to me and my needs. Be proud of who he was to us. We on earth feel a tremendous loss, but he is a a tremendous gain in heaven. Thank you Dr. Gordon for touching so many lives in such a positive way.
Sharon Fay
January 31, 2005
Our prayers go out to all Dr Gordons family and staff. Dr Gordon was a compassionate person. He truly care for everyone. He was the only GYN I actually liked going to. After years of female problems he gave me my life back. He will be remembered always. Thank you for sharing him with all of us.
Tammy Ruhberg
January 29, 2005
Gordon Family,

I am sorry for your loss. Dr. Gordon was one of the most hilarious, kind-hearted doctors that I have ever had. I remember that he would always make it a joke to go into see him at the office. This was his way of making it easier for the exams.
My prayers are with you and my memories will continue.

Monica Owen (Dennerline)
January 29, 2005
May your kindred spirit forever touch all of the precious babies you brought into this world....

Your refreshing aura brought sunshine on a cloudy day..

We miss you....
One of your lil' wonders
January 25, 2005
Dear Gordon family
I just got the news about Dr. Gordon, and have spent the last few hours reading the amazing stories of heartfelt emotions by the many who have been absolutely blessed by him. I would have loved to have attended the service and paid tribute to his life and been able to personally thank you for allowing such an amazing man be a part of so many lives. We had many conversations about how wonderful you were, and how hard it must be to be a Dr's wife. He always said great things about you and the kids.
I too have several fond memories, and stories to hold on to. These last hours reading and crying leaves me in such sadness for what you are going through.
My last visit with Dr. Gordon got rather personal, which is not really too surprising with him, being that he was truly a fantastic man, Dr. and( made you feel like you were his )friend. I am so thrilled to have had the particular conversation that we did, because being a Christian, I know where he is now, and it truly comforts me and my family, and helps process some of the pain.
Not too many people can say they truly loved their Dr. much less their OB, but I did and will always have a special place in my heart for him. If ever a man left a legacy, it was Dr. Mark F Gordon!!!
Our most sincere and deepest sympathies go out to your whole family for your losses.
You will be in our prayers daily!

To Emma Lou
My heart breaks for you losing your friend and probably the best teammate you ever had. I know you know where he is too, so I pray you're getting comfort from that.
I hope you will go back to work and I will get to see you agin. If not,
blessings to you and many thanks for the last 9 years of the greatest hand holding anyone could ever have!!!
Love the Houze family
David, Kellea, Lacee and Zachariah
Kellea Houze
January 24, 2005
I was saddened to learn of your passing. I will miss your compassion, kindness and your superb sense of humor. Thank you
January 24, 2005
Each and every time I look at my 4 beautiful grandchildren-I think of Dr. Gordon. He will be in our hearts forever.
Sharon pollard
January 20, 2005
Please accept my prayers of peace for Dr. Gordon's family, friends, patients and staff as well as thanks for his time in my family's life. When my husband lost his job at Enron I was pregnant with my first child. After leaving Houston, Tx searching for work I had my baby Ethan in Tucson before my husband found a job in Chandler, AZ. I had been on an uncomfortable rollercoaster ride for a good year and upon moving here had to get my 6 week follow up OBGYN appt. I was referred to Dr. Gordon by my child's pediatrician and was instantly thankful. He was one of the first people I met in Chandler and later took care of me through the pregnancy of my second child. Although, he was not on call the night I went in for delivery 3wks early, it was his face I first saw the next morning after delivering my precious Caden at 11:45pm the night before. I had been so scared and nervous as to not being able to have Dr. Gordon there with me as I delivered and then to wake up and see him thoughtully looking at me as I waked with a warm soothing smile, it was as though I had an angel reassuring me that everything was truly o.k.

A sincere thank you to his family for sharing him with so many. May God bless you all.
Kimberly Foley
January 19, 2005
Janette and I would like to thank Dr. Gordon for our baby boy Micah. You are my hero for keeping my wife and son safe. Our prayers are with the Gordon family. May Jesus be with you always.
Jeffrey Horton
January 19, 2005
My prayers, sympathies and condolences to Dr. Gordon's family, Emmalou, and his staff.
I will always remember Dr. Gordon's smile it could light up an entire state, his bed side manners were out of this world he was the BEST Dr. ever, He was by myside every step of the way I was a so called problem child, but he brought us all through it with flying colors and we have a beautiful daughter because of him and his staff. We will never forget you Dr. Gordon.

We Send our Love and Prayers,
Maryanne, Kailee (4/23/95) Carnell
Maryanne Carnell
January 19, 2005
My heart goes out to Dr. Gordon's family, I am so sorry for your losses. Dr. Gordon was truly a remarkable man and always spoke so lovingly about his family. He was my doctor for 12 years, delivered both my daughters, and helped me through a terrible miscarriage. What a wonderful individual he was! He made some scary times bearable with his thoughtful, caring, and funny remarks. I will always cherish his memory, as will many, many people of this community. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
Heather Switters
January 18, 2005
We are sincerely sorry to hear of the loss of such a wonderful man! Dr. Gordon helped us bring two incredible children into this world. His kindness, patience, and sincere love of children will never be forgetten.
Our deepest sympathies,
The Fay Family
Martin and Brenda Fay
January 18, 2005
I justed wanted Dr. Gordon's family to know how sorry I am for their losses. Dr. Gordon was my OB/Gyn and helped me through 2 dreadful miscarriages and the birth of my first son Kevin. I am a nurse practitioner and all my life I have never met a better doctor or person than Mark. I can imagine that his son was just as incredible. He was an extraordinary doctor and I have yet to find one that even compares to him. I have a picture of Dr. Gordon holding my son in his baby book and I will forever cherish that. This world was so blessed to have such a wonderful person and we are all so deeply saddened that he and his son are not with us to brighten the earth now. I pray that the family will all be OK. May your memories help soften the ongoing pain that must be felt. My deepest sympathy Barb Calhoun
Barb Calhoun
January 15, 2005
dr gordon will always be in my heart. he was a wonderful dr and person. i pray for his family every day. with all my love
amy rader
January 14, 2005
My prayers, sympathies and condolences to Dr. Gordon's family, Emmalou, and his staff.
I truely miss him a great deal. Dr.Gordon was the best. He was there for me when I was losing my Dad to cancer while pregnant with my son Brandon. Its now three years since my dad passed away, and Brandon is with us today, thanks to Dr.Gordon's great care. I'll always remember Dr.Gordon and keep him and his family in my prayers. God Bless and I pray the Holy Spirit to guide and give you peace. Michelle Cronin.
Michelle Cronin
January 11, 2005
My deepest condolences go out to the Gordon family and Staff. I am truly saddend by the news I just received by Emma Lou. Dr. Gordon was a wonderful Doctor and he will truly be missed. He helped my husband and I through three heartbreaking miscarriages, the exciting adoption of our daughter and then finally the birth of our son. He was a compassionate and humorous doctor. I always said I would never go to see a male ob/gyn until I had my first experience with him. He helped us through some of the hardest and happiest times of our lives. God Bless you Gordon family and Staff. He will truly be missed by all.

The Haas Family,
Todd, Jennifer, Madison & Brandon
Jennifer Haas
January 11, 2005
The loss of Dr. Gordon is a tremendous loss not only to me personally, but to the community as a whole. He was not only an outstanding physician, I also felt like he knew me personally. Every time I came in for visits, whether routine or not, he always took the time to answer my questions thoroughly and honestly (no matter how scary) and to joke with me. He always remembered where I work and asked how things were going. The tidbits he shared of his own life were the icing on the cake. Emmalou and Dr. Gordon made an uncommon pair that I'm sure I will never find again. Dr. Gordon you will not be forgotten.
Janet Nash
January 10, 2005
My family and I are deeply sorry for the loss of such a wonderful man. Dr. Gordon brought both of our beautiful boys into this world, and we are blessed that his hand were the first to touch our children. We will miss him very much more than words can say.
To all his family and friends, our hearts go out to all of you. We are very sorry for your loss.
With our deepest sympathy,
The Roeger Family
Christine Roeger
January 9, 2005
To the Gordon Family and Wonderful Staff;

After finding out about the terrible accident that took the life of Dr. Gordon, two weeks after the incident I can only shed a tear. Dr. Gordon has been my Obgyn for years. Delivering two of my children (ok 1 minute late for one of them) and is credited for saving the life of my son. His quick and careful actions allowed me and my husband to have my son with us 11 years later. He has also performed two surgeries that I would never have trusted anyone else with. Thank you for all the years of service and my heart and prayers goes out to his family and staff.

Dr. Gordon will truly be missed.

Nancy and Floyd Niblett and Children
Nancy Niblett
January 8, 2005
My thoughts and prayers to the Gordon family during this difficult time.

Dr. Gordon was the 'on-call' doctor at Desert Samaritan on August 29, 1995. After 21 frightening hours of pain medications and difficult, exhausting labor with my first and only child, a very confident and comforting Dr. Gordon assured me that everything would be fine.

One emergency c-section later and not much memory of the entire process, the thing I remember most is the comforting manner with which Dr. Gordon guided me through the whole ordeal.

A week later, I sent a Thank You letter to him.

Thank you again, Dr. Gordon. You have certainly impacted our family.
Nancy Sell
January 8, 2005
My sincere sympathy goes to the entire Gordon family. You have lost a wonderful husband, father and son. We have lost a gifted physician and friend. Some things I will always remember about Dr. Gordon are the twinkle in his eye, the smile on his face and the mischievious laugh he had. He was well liked and highly respected by his nurse and physician colleagues. Thank you for sharing him with us.
Shari Arner
January 7, 2005
Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Gordon family and his wonderful staff. What a blessing he was to all who knew him. As the doctor who delivered our son nearly 2 years ago, he showed so much care, concern and compassion throughout. He will be greatly missed. May God hold you in his care. -Roodney, Jill and Caleb Reiman
Jill Reiman
January 7, 2005
My heart goes out to Mark's family for their loss.
I believe his co-workers, colleagues, and everyone who was fortunate enough to have shared any time in his presence know what an amazing human being he was. He truly loved and cared about the people around him - a rare quality. His compassion, humor, and presence will be greatly missed, but we are all blessed to have had him in our lives.
We love you and miss you, Dr. Gordon!
Suesan Nordman
January 7, 2005
My deepest sympathy to Dr. Gordon's family, friends, and collegues. Dr. Gordon was my OB/GYN for 7 years. This last year I couldn't see him because of insurance. I was always hoping for insurance changes and never went to another OB/GYN. He helped me through some very difficult times and I have never trusted any doctor as much as Dr. Gordon.
Emmalou was the best as well.
Dr. Gordon was a bright light that came into many peoples lives but only for a short time. He will be dearly missed! God Bless his family and may many happy memories comfort you.
Diana Swenson
January 7, 2005
My husband and I were stunned and greatly saddened to hear of the loss of such a brilliant and compassionate man. You are all in our hearts and prayers. May your hearts be healed by his presence around you.
Andrea & Tony Miller
January 7, 2005
Me and My wife are greatly sadden with the loss of Dr. Gordon. Our hearts go out to the Gordon family, he will be sadly missed. Our baby is due in May, and when she is delivered we will remember him. His loss will be felt for some time.
Ryan/Craliane Jensen
January 6, 2005
My heart goes out to the family & friends of Dr. Gordon. He was a wonderful man with a caring heart & a generous spirit. The thousands of babies that he helped bring into this world should feel blessed to have been delivered by such loving hands.
KeriAnn Chamberlain
January 6, 2005
Our deepest sympathies to the Gordon Family, Emmalou and the rest of his staff,

I had the great honor of meeting this wonderful man over 12 years ago when I was pregnant with my daughter. I had a horrible experience with the OB that I was seeing at the time and came to Dr. Gordon when I was almost 6 months pregnant. Immediately he put me at ease. I could tell right away that I had done the right thing by coming to him. The night that I went into labor, my previous OB was on call. Since I was not progressing, Mark decided that I needed a C-section. I was scared to death and did not want my previous OB to assist. Mark made some calls and arranged for one of his other colleagues to come in and assist.
Over the years, it always amazed me when I would come in for my yearly check up and both Mark and Emmalou would just pick up where we left off. They always remembered the smallest details….
Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and colleagues. We will never forget the man who touched our lives so much…we love you Dr. Gordon.

The Drottar Family
Gary, Shannon, Gary II and Melissa
Shannon Drottar
January 6, 2005
When I hear the name Dr. Gordon my face brightens with a big smile and my heart swells up with warmth because that is how he made everyone feel. I was so blessed to have known him and I am glad he got to touch our lives. He helped bring our beautiful baby boy into this world and I will always be greatful to him. He was an amazing doctor and he truly blessed this world with lots of loves for all those around him. I believe he is, was and will always be one of the best doctors I ever met. One of the many things I loved about Dr. Gordon is that when I talked with him I knew he was always listening and always caring for me. During my pregnancy he not only cared for me but for my husband too, who had been put in the hospital the last two months of my pregnancy. Even thought I felt very lost he made me laugh and I knew everything would be ok. He cared for the entire family which to me made him different from any other doctor I have met before. He will be missed and all I did was cry when I found out the news. Everytime I look at my son I will remember Dr. Gordon because he brought him into this world and I would have not wanted anyone else but Dr. Mark Gordon.

To the Gordon family, I think of you every day and pray for you all the time. Dr. Gordon and Drew will be missed for a lifetime. I believe the touched everyone who knew them.

To the Emma Lou and staff, I know a little bit of Dr. Gordon will always be in your hearts and souls.

God Bless You all and I hope there is some comfort in knowing that Dr. Gordon and Drew are angels from God.
All Our Love
Tony, Jen, and Nicholas
Jennifer, Tony, and Nicholas Dominguez
January 5, 2005
It was by chance that Dr. Gordon delivered our first and only child, and what a wonderful experience it turned out to be. I dont know what my husband and I would have done without him. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to everyone who knew and loved him.
Acedo Novita
January 5, 2005
Family and Friends,
Dr. Gordon was my OB for my 1st son. He was the greatest! I was unable to have him as my OB for my 2nd son. I am so sad by this news. I dont even know what to say. My prayers and thoughts go to the Gordon family, Emma Lou, and Dr. Starky. He will greatly be missed.
Edith Michelena
January 5, 2005
Dr. Gordon was my doctor for 14 years and in those 14 years he was always there for me. He was the best OB/GYN that I have known. I feel that I was very blessed and honored, not only as a person but as a patient of his, to have known him. He saved my life when I had a C-section with my son. He had a wonderful sense of humor and he was the most compassionate and caring doctor I ever had. He will be very truly missed. My son is now 4 years old and when he plays he pretends he is Dr. Gordon because he knows Dr. Gordon delivered him. He wasn't just a doctor he was also a friend. He will be forever missed because he was a great human being.
Linda Schroeder
January 4, 2005
My deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Dr. Mark Gordon and his son, Drew. He was the OB for my twin daughters when they were pregnant at the same time. When Melinda had her first (Elijah) I was in the delivery room and the cord was wrapped around Elijah's neck, Dr. Gordon was so calm, that he made it a much easier delivery. Her next pregnancy was at the same time as her twin sister, Dr. Gordon loved to pick on them and they loved picking on him. When Melissa was in a car wreck the week before her daughter was born I called him as soon as I heard and he gave me his cell phone number to reach him with more information. I've never had a dr give me his personal phone number but that was the way Dr. Gordon was. Melissa delivered Kayla a couple of weeks later and her twin delivered Jeremiah 5 weeks after that. I will always remember Dr. Gordon's sense of humor, his caring attitude and his ability to put anyone at ease during a trying time.
We will always miss him but I know he's in heaven watching out for new borns and their moms.
Barbara Janecka
January 4, 2005
To the Gordon Family and Emma Lou!

I friend down the street contacted me two days ago and told me about the horrible tragedy that took the lives of Dr.Gordon and his son. I still can't quite believe that this is real. I have read through several of the entries in this Guest Book and it all looks so familiar.

Dr. Gordon was my blessed OB through four pregnancies. With the first child I gained 10 pounds in one month eating nothing but Apple Jacks. He was so nice and funny about it. I think he said something like "Whoa! Let's slow down a little!" He was always making little jokes and sharing stories. I was working with teens at the time and we often consulted eachother on various teen issues! He certainly loved his children tremendously! No matter what they were up to!

The only thing I regret is that Dr. Gordon only delivered one of my four children due to the "on call" schedule. But thank goodness he was there for that one as it ended up being a bit of a medical emergency. Dr. Gordon impressed my family tremendously and I just cannot believe he is gone! I never dreaded going to see Dr.Gordon. He made that essential part of health care a breeze! He always came in and sat down to chat before any of the technical stuff started. I recommended Dr. Gordon to every woman I knew, pregnant or not. The great ones don't come along all that often.

I cannot fathom the loss your family is now enduring. I did not know the younger Gordon but can only imagine that he was as awesome a person as his father.

Prayers and good thoughts are with all of you. You must already know what an incredible man your father and husband is, was and always will be! I was astounded at the number of entries in this guest book. I imagine he impacted the lives of thousands of people over the years-- in the most positive of ways.

I know that I will always remember him with great fondness. Take Care.
Beverlee Kroll
January 4, 2005
Gordon Family,
My deepest sympathies and prayers go out to your family. Dr. Gordon was a wonderful caring and compasionate man.
Patti Huewe
January 4, 2005
To the family of Dr. Gordon,

To such a luck family to have Dr. Gordon in your lives daily is a wonderful thing. My first visit to Dr. Gordon was in 1994 when I found out I was pregnant, let me tell you I was so nervous and scared I did not want to go into the room. Emmalou and Dr. Gordon made the visit nice and cared about us from the moment I entered the room. I had a few scares along the way but they both were there from the first to the last moment. I was given a due date of 11/18/1995 and was told that they are never usually a specific date and my son will come when he wants. To everyone's surprise Elijah decided to show himself on my due date. Elijah came out with the cord wrapped around his neck 2 times and had a cone head. My husband and I were worried and did not know what to do. Dr. Gordon said even though he looks a little ugly and cone-headed he will be a hansom little boy. Even in a time of stress and worry he was there to make you smile. Dr. Gordon was right, this little boy was so cute and 9 years later he is a handsome young man!! In 1998 I found out that I was pregnant again and this time so was my twin sister Melissa. Poor Emmalou and Dr. Gordon having to deal with both of us at the same time. My sister got into a car accident a few days before her due date and broke her wrist and a few other things. Dr. Gordon took great care of her and me as well. My niece Mychaela was delivered via C-section due to the accident in August of 1998 and 5 weeks later my son Jeremiah was born (they looked more like twins then cousins). The funniest thing was when I was in Labor and Delivery he told my sister to go home and get sleep it would be awhile before it was my turn to deliver my little boy. Needless to say 20 minuets later she is getting the call to come back and make it quick because she has about 5 minuets to get back to Desert Sam!! She made it and I had a nurse that was by the book and while they were counting for me to push we all laughed at a joke Dr. Gordon said in the middle of pushing. The nurse got firm and said its not a joking matter to be laughing when I am delivering a child, Dr. Gordon told her with a straight face to relax and if he is laughing with us then its not a big deal. These are the things I will always remember of a man of such character, caring and warmth. We have truly lost a Doctor not only that handled each of us as a physician but as a human and took the time to find something in each one of us. He has forever touched so many people that he will never be forgotten.
Always in our minds,
Melinda, Dan, Elijah and Jeremiah Lidington
Melinda Lidington
January 4, 2005
I would like to express my deepest condolences to Dr. Gordon' family, the loss of such a great doctor and such a young man is very tragic.

I had the pleasure to met Dr.Gordon when my twin sister was having her first child Elijah 9 years ago. Three years later in 1998 it was my turn to have Dr.Gordon deliver my own daughter Mychaela . At the same time my twin sister was also pregnant again we were only 5 weeks apart. Poor Dr. Gordon and Emma Lou had to deal with these two crazy pregnant twins at the same time.

Unfortunately 4 days before my delivery date I was in a serious car
accident and almost lost my daughter. Needless to say my wrist and tail bone were broke. Dr. Gordon was at the hospital right after I got there to make sure we were ok. He went above and beyond his job to come and visit while I was in the hospital and when I had surgery on my wrist. He use to tease me about being his worst patient he has ever had, besides my sister.

He delivered my daughter 2 weeks after my accident, emergency c-section with pins in my wrist and all. Then 5 weeks later it was my sisters turn to give birth to her son Jeremiah.

Dr. Gordon was the best doctor I have ever and will ever have. He will be deeply missed by anyone who has every had the pleasure to meet such a great person.
Melissa Bennett
January 4, 2005
I would like to express my condolences to the Gordon family. As I heard the sad news about Dr. Gordon, my heart had sunk. I thought to myself, it couldn't be the Dr. Gordon that just delivered my baby girl (Mikayla)just 7 months ago. I met Dr. Gordon about 7 years ago through a referral from Dr. Nabil Khouri and since then he had delivered two of my children. He was an awesome Doctor I ever had; very nice, very understanding and full of great spirit(smiling and welcoming you.)I remember him asking me; just about 7 months ago, If I was going to continue having children, since I only have girls (4 girls). I said to him, I will continue to have children, until I have a boy and just along as you don't retire early.
I would just like to Thank him for the beautiful girls that he had delivered and also being such an awesome Doctor to me. I couldn't have ask for a better Doctor. We will miss you Dr. Gordon.
Charles and Lorencita Begay
Lorencita Begay
January 3, 2005
To the Gordon Family,
I haven't had the opportunity of Dr. Gordon delivering my first child since she's due this April. From the first time I met Dr. Gordon I was impressed with how extremely kind and well spoken he was. I felt so comfortable on my monthly prenatal visits and was looking forward to my next visit this week. Although I haven't known Dr. Gordon for very long, I will definitely miss him and would like to send my sincere condolences to the Gordon family for your losses. God Bless.
Melody Zyburt
January 3, 2005
Dr. Mark Gordon. This man saved the life of my wife and my son. No details, I'll just say this, some very bad things happened when my wife was delivering my son. Dr. Gordon is one of my heros. I owe him more than I ever could repay. May God bless him, his son Drew and his family that he left behind.
Peter Glaser
January 3, 2005
I want to express my deepest condolences to Dr. Gordon's family. I was privileged to work with him as a nurse at Irwin Army Hospital and he was also my doctor there, as he cared for me when I had my second child. When I landed in Arizona, and had to chose a physician, his was the first name that came to mind. He hadn't changed at all, one of the kindest, smartest and most compasionate people I have known in this business (funny goes without saying) It was ironic as we talked a lot during my visit about my husband who had died suddenly in a car accident just a few months before. He will be deeply missed.My prayers are with the family at this time, sincerely Terry
Terry Brisley
January 3, 2005
It is with a heavy heart and tears that I write our condolences to the entire Gordon Family. We just got back in town from a hockey tournament a few hours ago, when a friend and patient called me. We are so saddened about the loss of both Dr. Mark and Drew.
Dr. Mark was our obgyn back in 1993 when I was pregnant with our first child. We chose him from our insurance list because we liked his name. Soon, he and my husband were swapping jokes at our appointments to which Emma Lou and I would roll our eyes. He treated us like and we considered him to be like family. Fast forward to 2002, when we found ourselves expecting again. I HAD to find him as I refused to even consider anyone else as my Dr. We were so delighted when the receptionist confirmed that "Yes, it was the office of Mark "F" Gordon." Our Dr. the first time by chance, the second by choice. This time, my son being 10 went with us and had the privilege of meeting the "Dr Gordon" we spoke so highly of. Seth thought of him as a pretty cool guy. When we found out our second was a girl, Dr. Mark calmed my hyperventilating husband with wonderful stories of his 'girls'.
The scrapbooked pictures of Dr. Mark holding our two children will be even more special now, as well as the bibs. We cannot begin to imagine what you and your family are going through, Kathryn. He always spoke highly of you and your children. Our hearts again ache for your loss. He was a very special man and in our family, he will never be forgotten.
Stephanie & Mike Gustin
January 3, 2005
Dr. Gordon was a very special man. He was blessed with a gift of being a great, compassionate doctor. He will truly be missed. His family will stay in my prayers.
Susan Wirth
January 3, 2005
My deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Dr. Mark Gordon and his son, Drew. Dr. Gordon exemplified what a quality physician and a quality human being should be. We are all better for having known him.
Noreen Roman
January 3, 2005
I found out last night that a wonderful man who had been my doctor for the past 5 1/2 years had passed away on Christmas Eve. As I sat next to my husband who asked me 'What is the name of your doctor? Isn't it Dr. Gordon?' I replied 'Yes it is, why what's happened?' He read to me from the newspaper a small article about the passing of Dr. Mark Gordon. I grabbed the paper out of his hands and thought to myself that it had to be a different doctor, some other doctor who also delivered babies and had the same name. Not my Dr. Gordon, who I would recommend to friends and brag about to family. I am so deeply saddened by his passing, because he was a rare find as physicians go. As many women know, seeing an OB/GYN can be an uncomfortable, less than dignified experience, especially having to do it once or more a year. I felt so blessed from my very first visit to his office 5 1/2 years ago, to have found a doctor who not only was knowledgeable and professional, but was so caring, kind ,patient, understanding, funny......and the list of qualities this man had just goes on and on. I never once felt rushed or hurried while under his care. Dr. Gordon had a wonderful manner about him, that made his patients feel respected and understood. All you had to do was walk into his office and see all of the thousands of photos displayed on the walls, photos his patients proudly sent to him, to know that you were in good hands. It was great that he delivered my last child in 2000, but even greater that he was still my doctor for all of my twice yearly checkups. Yes, most doctors are good enough, professional and nice enough, but Dr. Gordon was so much more. I know all of his patients and those who worked for and with him raved about him like I do, and always will. Although he was someone I only saw twice a year over the past few years, he has impacted my life in such a tremendous way. He had kind words, a gentle nature, and wisdom to offer me, during a difficult time in my life 18 months ago. And during each of my last three appointments with him, he wanted to make sure that I was doing okay, before continuing on with the rest of the checkup. My last visit with him was on December 20th, and before leaving his office I said to him as I usually did, 'I'll see you in six months'. My heart aches for his family, their loss too great for anyone to imagine. I know this man was so loved and adored by his patients, staff, and colleages. I was blessed to have found a doctor like him, who was so many wonderful things and a great, talented doctor, all in one. I will miss him so much, and my deepest condolonces go to his family.

Anna E. Williams
Chandler, Arizona
Anna Williams
January 3, 2005
Words cannot express the saddness I feel after reading about Dr. Gordon's tragic death. I met Dr. Gordan over 11 years ago as a patient of his. To this day I think back on what a kind, gentle and caring Dr. he was. His sense of humor was one of the things I enjoyed most! God Bless his family and all that were lucky enough to know him! He will be missed dearly
Sandy Hammel
January 2, 2005
To know Dr. Gordon, is to love Dr. Gordon. I saw Dr. Gordon this past September for my yearly check up. It's the only check up that I look forward to 11 months in advance. He had a way of beginning the conversation where we ended the previous year. It was his way of making my appointment with him seem more personal. He loved to talk about his Scottish heritage, which was one thing that we had in common. I will truly miss those conversations with him.
My prayers go out to his family and friends.
God bless.
Treena Garrison
January 2, 2005
To the family and all who knew Dr. Gordon
I left an entry for the guest book already but needed to add this. I came home from the funeral on Friday and could not get these words out of my head. I thought I would share them with all of you. I hope you enjoy them.

To Dr. Gordon
I wonder why you are up there
Looking down on all of us
Do you understand our eyes of tears
Do you understand our fuss
I know there is a greater plan
God has in store for you
He needed you up there with Him
Knowing you're in His hands will pull my through
As I look out at the dark night sky
I see a shining star
Could it be you, I wonder
It seems so very far
It has to be your fire for life
To live only for each day
I saw that inside of you
That, I always say
They say you believed in a "Purpose Driven Life"
In all you say and do
But most of all you believed in what the book said
"It's not about you"
Although your time on earth is through
That fire of yours will never die
I hold it in my heart remembering your smile
Now only tears of joy I'll cry

Written for you Dr. Gordon because I miss you so much already.
Love Heather Ford
Heather Ford
January 2, 2005
My deepest condolences go out to the Gordon family. I was very saddened and upset to hear of Dr. Gordon's loss tonight. I no longer live in the state, but a friend called to tell me because she knew I would want to know. That right there explains Dr. Gordon's impact on peoples lives. Dr. Gordon by far has been the kindest, funniest, caring doctor I have ever had. I was privelaged to have had him deliver both of my children.

Thank You Dr. Gordon

Danielle Wood
Danielle Wood
January 1, 2005
To the Family of Dr. Gordon,
I can't express how wonderful and special Dr. Gordon was to me and my family. I was fortunate to have him deliver my daughter in 2001. I had never before come across such a caring and humorous doctor. His beside manner should be taught in all medical schools. I am so very sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing him with so many of us. We are all better for knowing him.
Carmela Rebe and Family
Carmela Rebe
January 1, 2005
Mark Gordon never delivered any of my children. He never gave me medical treatment or saved the life of anyone I know. Mark Gordon was simply the most decent, considerate physician I ever had the privilege of knowing. I have been in the pharmaceutical business for over 30 years now and long ago lost track of most of the doctors I have met and done business with. Not Mark Gordon. I first met him when he came to the east valley from the military. From the first day he was different. He treated everyone with respect and always seemed to have the ability to keep things in perspective. I called on Dr. Gordon for about 3 years before moving to another position. When I would be back in his office as a district manager it was as if I had never left. I am often asked by friends to suggest a physician in Chandler and Mark Gordon has always been at the top of the list. The greatest compliment I can give to him is to say he was truly one of the good guys. It makes me very sad to think I will not see his face again until I reach Heaven. Even now I can picture the smile I know he will have on his face. I will miss you, my friend.
Burks McGlasson
January 1, 2005
Dear Family of Dr. Gordon,
Our little one Patrick was delivered by an emergency C-section by Dr. Gordon. Without his quick work and strong hands we wouldn't have such joy. Dr. Gordon performed miracles everyday and we are grateful to have known him. Our prayers and deepest sympathies go out to you.
Patrick, Trinity, Cathleen, Kevin
Kevin & Cathleen Gary
January 1, 2005
Patricia Wendland
January 1, 2005
Thank you Dr. Gordon

Chandler Regional Hospital; Post Partum nurse.
Liz Schmierer
January 1, 2005
Dear Dr. Gordon,
I know that somewhere you are in heaven looking down on us so this letter is to you. I just really hope you know how much we appreciated your help and care especially during the last couple of months of my pregnancy. I was so nervous with it being my first pregnancy. You never got bothered or annoyed even though I was probably overreacting about everything. Then you held up to the promise of delivering my beautiful baby boy Devin. I really hope you know how much it meant to me to see your smiling face walk in the room. It was like a huge relief lifted from my shoulders and i knew I was in the best possible hands. I remember asking you if you hated me over and over again because of all of the pain but you were just trying to help. I remember pleading with you to try to make the pain go away and you just smiled and said that you were working on it. You were always a tender caring man and you were so easy to talk to. Shorlty after my son was born I came in just to talk to someone and I cried and cried and you just hugged me and gave me some advice to deal with my problems. In the short but seemingly long 9 months I came to you, you became more than my doctor, you were part of my family. I was looking forward to seeing you in a couple of years when I'm ready for my little girl:). No doctor will ever be able to replace you in our family. You will be very missed and are loved by all of the lives that you have touched. It's ironic that a man so kind hearted, so fun and caring that brings lives into the world everyday with passion and joy, can have his life cut short in an instant. Its just so unfair. My heart goes out to everyone including family, colleages, friends, patients and especially those who never met you, for they have suffered the greatest loss of all. We love you Dr. Gordon. Love always and forever, Chelsea, Chris, and our little baby Devin-Hand Delivered by Dr. Gordon on October 6th, 2004
Chelsea Yard
December 31, 2004
Appreciation for a truely compassionate physician
Hein & Eva Kalke
December 31, 2004
To the family of Dr. Gordon and Emmalou,
Our heart goes out to all of you. Dr. Gordon was a very special person to everyone that knew him. I was so fortunate to have him deliver all three of my children. My last pregnancy was a very difficult one and I spend alot of time in the hospital. I got to see Dr. Gordon on a daily bases and looked forward to those visits. He always made me smile. I can't tell you how much that meant to me.

When I came home from the funeral and look at my children I realized that our family is here because of him.

I saw Dr. Gordon in Nov. of this year and will always remember his smile, his laugh and how happy he was.

We will miss him so very much and
he will never be forgotten. It was a true honor to have him as a part of our lives.
Leah Bevins
December 31, 2004
To the Gordon Family,
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Dr. Gordon and his son Drew. My heartfelt sympathy is sent to you during this most difficult and tragic time. No words could ever express how much he touched my life during both times of heartache and great joy. I was a patient of Dr. Gordons for several years and he led me through a complicated miscarriage and the birth of my 3rd son with much compassion, care and knowledge. I looked forward to seeing him and Emmalou once a year. I felt so very blessed to have been a patient of his. He certainly touched my life in such a special way and I will never forget him. I pray that God will be with you and provide you with His peace and strength to endure your great loss. Dr. Gordon will be greatly missed.
Rebecca Clapp
December 31, 2004
i would like to let the family know
that my prayers and thoughts are with you during the loss of such a
special person Dr.Gordon. I remember the time how he took time to help with a patient that was not his he took the time out of his day to help move a patient up in a bed. Every since that time he always had a special spot in my heart.
December 31, 2004
I was so shocked and saddened hearing the news of Dr. Gordon and his son Drew. Dr. Gordon was my doctor for my third child, Shelby. My second child Geneva was stillborn, which made me a very anxious patient when I was pregnant with Shelby. Dr. Gordon went above and beyond with his compassion, knowlege and true humanity. I will never forget him. I know that there is no comfort for your grief, I just hope time is gentle to you. The Gordon family and Emmalou, you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I will always hold my memories of Dr. Gordon close to me and cherish them forever.

With Deepest Sympathy,
Craig & Patrice Hedman
Nicholas & Shelby &
always remembering Geneva, Dr. Gordon & Drew
Patrice Hedman
December 31, 2004
I had the great pleasure of working with Mark during his tenure with Thomas Davis at Desert Samaritan Hospital (or Banner Desert, as it is now called). He always had a smile and a kind word for everyone - from the patients, to the OR staff and to his fellow colleagues. As an anesthesiologist, I always felt comfortable when working with him - his skill and confidence, as well as his wonderful sense of humor, made our work together most enjoyable. My thoughts are with all of the family as they try to deal with this sudden and terrible loss. Know that his friends and colleagues also share in the sorrow.
Debra Brown, MD
December 31, 2004
I was very saddened to hear of the deaths of Dr. Gordon and his son. I have been a patient of his for many years. After having a terrible experience with one OB/GYN I was referred to Dr. Gordon. He picked up the shattered pieces and I knew immediately that I could trust him to take good care of me.I will always be grateful to him for that. Dr. Gordon also knew how nervous I was about having certain procedures done. He and Emma Lou would talk me through them and help to keep me calm. He was truly a very caring and compassionate friend. I cannot imagine what it will be like to now go to another doctor. I will miss him and his incredible sense of humor greatly. Heaven is definitely a richer place after receiving Dr. Gordon and Drew.
Susan Cox
December 31, 2004
Gordon Family, Joan, Emmalou and the rest of his staff:

My deepest and heart felt sympathy to you all.

I have known Dr Gordon, since he first came to the East Valley. He always had a quick smile and cheerful outlook, it seemed like no matter what. The jokes he told and the time he dressed up as a female patient for one of his co-doctors. He was always ready to take on the world. For as much as I will miss him, I cannot begin to feel how much you all will miss him.

God Bless You All. You are in my prayers.
Anderson Connie
December 31, 2004
I don't even know where to start except to say that our thoughts and prayers go out to the Gordon family.
I was truly blessed to have been one of Dr. Gordons many patients. He delivered our son Drake by c-section on Jan. 8th 2003. A c-section was one of my worst fears for delivery, but Dr. Gordon assured me that he would be with me every step of the way and that in the end Steve and I would have a beautiful boy. He was right!
We were going to start trying this next month and I was looking forward to my appointment. I can't imagine going to anyone else. There will be no one like Dr. Gordon! When God made him, he broke the mold! Just being in his presence made you feel calm and relaxed.
The shock of hearing of this traggedy will stay with us for a very long time. But I do know this, Drake will know who delivered him and he will know how wonderful of a human being he was. We should all be blessed to have known such a great soul.
To family and friends; take care, take one day at a time and gain strength from those who love you.
Lisa, Steve & Drake Smith
December 30, 2004
Dear Gordon Family, Emma Lou, Dr. Starkey, Family & Friends-

I am so very sorry for your tragic loss. Dr. Gordon was an extraordinary man and touched not only the lives of my husband and I, but many of my family members and friends. I had been a patient of Dr. Gordon's on and off for 10 years. He recently helped my husband and I to conceive our first child last year after a year of difficulty and unsuccess. From our first prenatal visit he was his usual funny self, offering "odd" advice to my husband--making him laugh. When we found out we were having a boy, he told us how much easier boys were to raise than girls, because girls were too emotional. Ironic, considering he worked solely with emotional women. Unfortunately, I had to switch OB's during my 7th month due to insurance, so Dr. Gordon wasn't able to deliver my son, but I thank him for providing us the means to conceive and keeping me healthy and happy up to that point. He was an amazingly caring and funny man, who will be greatly missed. Kathy, thank you so much for sharing him with all of us--May God comfort you and your family during this difficult time and bless you for your loving support of this wonderful man. Emma Lou, thank you so much for all you've done for me over the years. I also pray that God will bless you for your faithful loyalty to Dr. Gordon.

Sherri, Travis & Payton (5 months)
Sherri Johnson
December 30, 2004
Words cannot express how deeply sorry I am to hear about the passing of Dr. Gordon and his son. I still cannot believe that he is gone. Dr. Gordon was my OB for all three of my children, the last being born on September 25th of this year. I will never forget his distinct laugh , his sarcasm, and his corny jokes. I often tell people about the birth of my second child. My epidural didn't "take," and by the time it came to start pushing, I was in alot of pain, to say the least. Leave it to Dr. Gordon to start telling me the longest, corniest joke all while I'm pushing my baby out!! That's why we all loved him. He's one in a million and will be deeply missed. I still remember being so excited to go to my 6 week post partum check up with Dr. Gordon and Emmalou. I couldn't wait to see them again and "catch up." I often felt like I was Dr. Gordon's only patient because of the way he took time to talk with me and answer my questions and concerns. My prayers go out to his family, especially Kathryn, Emmalou and his staff . I know how teary and sad I have felt and can only imagine how painful this must be for you at this time. I hope you can find some peace in knowing how many lives he has touched and made a difference in. My children will always know how special their doctor was that helped them into this world. We love you, Dr. Gordon and will always remember you.
The Schrader family,
Mitch, Rachelle, Brianna, Braden, and Makenna
Rachelle Schrader
December 30, 2004
My heart broke when I heard of Mark and Drew's passing. I worked with Mark at Ft. Riley, KS, and will Never forget his smile and stories of deliveries. He will always hold a warm place in my heart.
Roxie Johnston
December 30, 2004
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