Mark Lee Carpenter

03/30/1956 - 06/29/2019
Service Date: 07/06/2019
Service Time: 10 am
Service Location: Bunker's Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ 85201
Visitation Date: 07/06/2019
Visitation Time: 9:00 AM
Visitation Location: Bunker's Garden Chapel
Interment: City of Mesa Cemetery

Mark Lee Carpenter was born March 30, 1956 in Mesa, Arizona, the fourth of six children of Weston and Lela Carpenter. He grew up in Mesa, attending schools there and graduating from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in advertising.

As a child, Mark was friendly, cheerful, and enterprising. In grade school at Holmes Elementary, he sold Daffy Pop suckers to his classmates.  He managed to earn quite a tidy sum for himself before school officials put a stop to his booming business. They seemed to think   the other children should be spending their lunch money on “real” food.

Some of Mark’s other youthful interests included playing the clarinet, bike-riding, and doing impressive unicycle stunts with his brother and a favorite cousin. As he went into his young adult years, sports cars and dating replaced other occupations.

His penchant for speed led Mark to pursue snow skiing and professional mountain biking. He won numerous awards and trophies in the latter category, making friends with other athletes along the way. He designed, built, and landscaped a luxurious custom home in north Mesa, where he lived for several years. He also owned and managed CBK, a manufacturing company, for quite some time.

Several years ago, family members began noticing a decline in Mark’s health and mental acuity. He was eventually diagnosed with Early-Onset Alzheimer’s. For the last two years, Mark has resided with nephew Scott Lucas and his wife Stacey, along with their children Ethan and McKenzie.  After going through two divorces and living alone for a while, Mark was finally an integral part of a family situation. It was something he’d always longed for.

The Weston Carpenter family expresses deepest gratitude to Scott and Stacey for the untiring care and love given to Mark in his final years. He passed away quietly on the morning of Saturday, June 29, surrounded by loved ones. He is finally free of the suffering he endured for so long!

Mark will be greatly missed, but his kindness, humor, and generosity will live on in the hearts of those who knew him best. He is survived by his five siblings:  Sue Lucas (and Ray) of Payson, Utah; Janice Seever (and Bart) of Queen Creek, AZ; Robert Carpenter (and Renee) of Roy, Utah; Cathy Thompson (and Kelly) of Gilbert, AZ; and Russ Carpenter (and Lynn) of Scottsdale, AZ. As “the cool uncle,” Mark also leaves behind a large number of adoring nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held this Saturday, July 6, at 10 a.m. at the Bunker Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way in Mesa. It will be preceded by a family visiting hour from nine to 10:00. There will be no viewing.

Condolences

  • John Scott Richardson (Skippy)

    Such a wonderful friend and incredible person all around. Mark has already been incredibly missed for some time now. Hopefully now he is at peace…

  • Marlene Rowley

    As I’m unable to attend Marks funeral today I just want all of your Family to know my thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.

  • I was saddened to learn of Mark’s passing. Mark and I were friends growing up in Mesa. We had lots of fun being buddies with each other. We had a fun group of guys to goof around with: Blane, Dewey, Ned, etc. We spent lots of time riding our bikes in the neighborhood, swimming and going on scout outings together. Unfortunately we lost contact after high school. I thought often about Mark and thought I should try to find him. I am happy to hear that he had wonderful family to watch over and care from him later in life. When I think of Mark Carpenter I can’t help but smile.

  • Thank you, Lee. I am Mark’s oldest sister, so you and I probably didn’t have much contact with one another. Thank you for your kind word.

  • My heart hurts to hear of Mark’s passing. Your in our thoughts and prayers. He was a very thoughtful sweet man, he enjoyed life!! I have sweet memories of Mark and his family that I will always cherish. I am so sorry for your loss, sending hugs and prayers.

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