Mark Allen Tessman, born November 18,1946, went into the arms of Jesus on November 22, 2016 at the age of 70 after a lengthly battle with pneumonia.
A native Houstonian and graduate of Smiley High School and The University of Houston, Mark lived in Conroe for the last thirty-five years where he raised his family. He retired as a Cement Salesman from Capitol Cement and Alamo Cement.
Mark a former Golden Gloves boxer turned professional in 1966. Racking up a professional record as a light heavyweight with 44 wins and 4 losses, 22 wins coming by knockout. His most notable fight was for the light heavyweight championship of the world against Bob Foster in Baltimore Maryland, 1970. At one time he reached the ranking of #2 light heavyweight in the world.
After retiring from boxing, Mark started teaching and coaching football, basketball and golf at Pearland High School. While coaching was a great passion, the families need for additional income sent him into different sales roles for the remainder of his career. Sales was a perfect fit for him, and his customers and coworkers became life long friends.
An avid golfer, he loved spending time on the golf course or just working on his game.
The joy of his life was his family and he led them well.
He is preceded in death by his parents Paul and Lucille Tessman.
Mark is survived by his wife of 40 years Brenda, son Paul and wife Heather of Montgomery, daughter Amber Williams and husband Lance Williams of Marquez, grandsons Colton and Ethan Williams, granddaughters Bella and Kenna Tessman, sister Sandra Tessman Blake of San Antonio and niece Tessa Blake of Los Angeles, Sister-in-law Teri Williams and husband Matt of Tomball, Sister-in-law Kendra Thomas and husband Jackie of League City, nieces Linnet Thomas, Shelby Laing, Taylor Williamson, and nephew Sam Williamson, great niece Lucy Blake-Williams and great nephew Weston Neidigk, along with many loving friends.
The funeral service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at The First United Methodist Church of Conroe. Reception to follow.
The family request donations in lieu of flowers to:
Termite Watkins Charitable Foundation, 14110 Rock Dove Lane, Houston, Tx 77044 or First United Methodist Church of Conroe, 4308 W. Davis St, Conroe, Tx 77304