Mark Whitaker, 66, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday April 8th, in Plano Texas. He was born on January 1, 1957 in Dallas, Texas to Donald J “Whit” and Patricia B (Jones) Whitaker.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Clifton, his mother Patricia, his sister Linda Gail and husband Ron Fink; his brother Larry Whitaker and wife Sherry; his brother Blake Whitaker and wife Linda Caron; his father-in-law William Clifton and wife Norma; and his aunt Bette Spears.
“Uncle Mark” was special and loved by so many in the family. Those include niece Angela Fink and husband Kelly Bolton; nephew Chris Ball and wife Melissa; niece Rachael Wenokur and husband Kyle; brother-in-law Delbert Adkins and niece Natalie Hutchings; brother-in-law Steve Clifton and his children Tyler and wife Tara, Jessica Wilson and husband Ken and Ann Preussner; brother-in-law Doug Clifton and wife Robin, their children Haylie and Spencer; nephews Kevin and David Whitaker; and his Whitaker cousins. Great-nephews and nieces, too numerous to list, all adored their “Uncle Mark”.
Loved ones who have gone on to Heaven ahead of Mark include his father Donald “Whit”, his grandmother Elizabeth Jones, his mother-in-law Marilyn Clifton, sister-in-law Krista Adkins, nephews Jon Whitaker and Jacob Adkins, aunt and uncle Dot and Bob Strand and their daughter Karen Caffee and aunt and uncle Julie and Bob Whitaker.
Mark graduated from Richardson High School where he was a standout in football and track. He attended Texas State Technical College. He and his wife Ruth married on Valentine’s Day in 1990 and have since enjoyed 33 years of marriage. Mark was a licensed irrigator and owned his own company for over 30 years, where he enjoyed teaching irrigation and mentoring others. He had a passion for fishing, pistol competitions, woodworking and most importantly Jesus. Mark believed a bad day fishing was better than a good day doing anything else. He was a proud American and a proud Texan which he reminded those of us from north of the Red River. He loved being outdoors and was most himself when surrounded by nature.
Mark was thoughtful, considerate, loving, kind, gentle and funny. He loved people and most importantly loved making them smile. Mark was always there to lend a helping hand. Mark will be missed deeply by his friends and family.
Join us on Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 11:00 am at Epiphany Church, 421 Custer Rd, Richardson, TX 75080 to celebrate Mark’s life. The family has asked that attendees wear color. There will be refreshments and a chance to share stories following the service. In lieu of flowers and because Mark never missed a chance to thank officers and veterans for their service, the family wishes memorial donations would be made to Tunnel to Towers Foundation at www.t2t.org.
If you are unable to attend in person, the church will be broadcasting Mark’s Celebration of life, live on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/epiphanyepiscopal/videos/?ref=page_internal
Cremation arrangements by Lone Star Cremation.
Cathy Bruce Purdy
Blake and Linda, I am so sorry to hear this news. I truly hope you are held up by your faith and by your good memories. wishing you peace….
Cherish all the memories that you and Mark made together! You are in my prayers Ruthie🙏
Ruth,,I am sorry for Yours and Your families Loss,,I pray for ya’ll that you will receive comfort during this time in your life
Lou Ann Hoskins
Dear Ruth and family,
I am sorry to hear about the passing of Mark. In most heartfelt sympathy to you and your family, Lou Ann Hoskins and the Brkljack Family
Deb and I send our condolences and will keep you in our prayers during this time.
Sally & Greg Whitaker
Ruth, and your entire family
Sally & I were so sorry to hear about Mark. Nothing we could say will fill his space in your life. We are keeping you in our prayers, please reach out if there is anything we can do to be of help
Farewell my dear friend,even though I didn’t know you for long, I really appreciated the friendship we developed
Janet. Coplin and Linda Thomas
Mark installed our lawn system over 25 years ago and came twice a year to maintain it. It was always such a delight to visit with him during those visits. Ruth and I visited by phone to set up those service calls .
It’s hard to lose good friends..Please know we are thinking of you.
Mark was a good friend for many years. He will be missed.
My life is better for having known him.
Ruth, I’m so sorry for Mark’s passing. So thankful he knew Jesus in this life and is in His hands now. He was honest, faithful, loyal and always dependable.
He will be greatly missed. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
Jerry & JoKay Glass
So sorry for the loss of your husband. Thank you both for been the best next door neighbor for our daughter.
We knew that she could always ask for your help at any time . Our thoughts & prayers are with you as you ajust to a new life without your mate. We will see him again some day . Sincerely
Jerry & JoKay Glass