Mark was born on January 23, 1960 to Bernard and Armella (Voelk) in St. Elizabeth Hospital, Humboldt, Saskatchewan, and he grew up on the family farm near St. James. He attended school in Lake Lenore and later met Val in 1977, when they were both working together at a welding shop. In 1979 Mark and Val were married at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Muenster, SK, and on November 24, 2019 they celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. Together, they raised their family in Humboldt, living in the same home where their son Ryan was welcomed in 1981, and later their daughter, Pamela, in 1983. Mark worked for 40 years at Mosaic Potash and he was very much involved in the Emergency Response Program. He was devoted to the mine and had a dedicated interest in the mine rescue program. His many co- workers were close friends and these close ties were very meaningful and an important aspect of his job. Mark loved to spend time at the lake with his family, especially his grandchildren, and he enjoyed taking them tubing or fishing in the boat whenever he had a chance. An avid Riders fan, Mark was a faithful supporter of his favorite team. When he was free, tinkering around in the garage was a favorite pastime of his and he could fix anything. Everyone who knew Mark will be mourning his sudden loss: his family, his friends, his co-workers, and his community.