MOUNT VERNON — Mark D. Thompson, 59, passed away on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at The Laurels after a valiant battle with ALS. He was born on March 6, 1958 to Richard L. and Eunice E. (Smith) Thompson in Grove City, Pennsylvania.
A 1977 graduate of Mount Vernon High School, Mark received an Associate of Applied Science degree from Muskingum Tech in 1979, majoring in Natural Resources Conservation. He was employed as a forester at Mohican State Forest, retiring in 2011 after 32 years of service. For a number of years, Mark also was a member of an Ohio firefighting crew which traveled to combat large forest fires in other states.
Mark attended Mount Vernon First Church of the Nazarene, and enjoyed spending time with his family, following the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates, woodworking and model building, as well as playing impromptu driveway basketball and gaming online with his brother, nephews and friends. Mark’s ornery exterior disguised a generous heart, and he would do anything to help out a friend or family member.
We would like to thank Kindred Hospice and The Laurels, as well as Mark’s many faithful friends who stood by him during his illness, giving him care, taking him out to eat (or on vacation!) — or remembering him with visits, flowers, phone calls, texts (and Whoppers, KFC, etc.). Your kindness to Mark will never be forgotten.
Mark is survived by his sister, Sherrie L. Thompson of Palm Coast, Fla.; his brother, Rick (Kathy) Thompson of Mount Vernon; nephews Sean (Mallory) Thompson of Newark, and Ryan (Desiree) Thompson of Gilbert, Ariz., as well as a great-nephew, Cal Thompson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; paternal grandparents James L. and Grace A. Thompson; maternal grandparents Mabon D. and Hazel M. Smith; and his cat, Kelly.
Calling hours will be held Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. at Lasater Funeral Home, 11337 Upper Gilchrist Road, Mount Vernon, where funeral services will take place on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Russ Gumm officiating. Burial will be in Mound View Cemetery.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made either to Mount Vernon First Church of the Nazarene, 807 Coshocton Ave., Mount Vernon, OH 43050; Kindred Hospice, 112 Harcourt Road, Suite 3, Mount Vernon, OH 43050, or the ALS Association, Central & Southern Ohio Chapter, 1170 Old Henderson Rd., Suite221, Columbus, OH 43220.
To express a condolence or to share a memory with the family, please visit www.lasaterfuneralhomes.com.