Mark, with his wife, the former Sheila Walsh of 12 years, owned and operated Montrose Auto Body. He was born in Danbury, CT and grew up in Chemung, NY. His first passion was the railroad. Mark found Colorado by having the fortune of traveling through the 48 states. Through his travels he chose Edwards, CO as his home. He moved to Colorado 27 years ago with longtime friend Tom Donovan to enjoy all that Colorado had to offer. This is where he met Sheila, at their favorite watering hole "Champions". Sheila and Mark moved to Montrose to start their own business in 1999. He loved his work and enjoyed every day with his great employees and customers. Since then, he has created many relationships and great friends, and left a lasting impression on everyone he encountered.
Mark was one of the kindest men to walk the earth. With his tender heart and crooked smile, the words he spoke always captured your attention with kind wisdom and his uplifting advice. He was a man of few words, but when he did speak his mind, the meaning in his words said it all. Mark loved everything about nature, from spending time on his boat, to touring the lakes of Utah and Colorado, camping throughout the mountains of the West, hanging with his friends and family and reveling in the view from his deck. He adored his dogs Dutch, Molly and Buck which he had at his side, at all times. Like it says on the Rolling Rock bottle, "it comes from the mountain springs to you "33". His kindness and generosity were most evident when he, Sheila and Montrose Auto Body Shop restored a stranger's 1987 GMC Truck, who was terminally ill.
Mark is survived by his loving wife and soulmate, Sheila; Will Brougham (like a son to Mark and Sheila); his mother, Louise Austin and step-father Philip Austin; his father Donald and lifetime partner Patricia Glosenger; his brother Michael and his wife Tammy; in-laws Richard and Jean Walsh, Mary Lydon, Sheila's 11 siblings and their spouses and the 40 nieces and nephews of the Walsh family; step-brother Steve Austin and wife Jody; step-brother Michael Austin and wife Daniel; step-sister Christine Austin and partner Joe Peters; step sister Sabrina and husband Richard Taylor; Step Sister Kim Stevens, Step brother Andrew Glosenger; his Aunt Mary and Uncle Mike, and his nieces and nephews. His grandparents Agnes and Clarence preceded him in death. And his many friends that were all part of his family.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, July 11th at 5:00 pm, at The Bridges in Montrose, CO. A local spot which Mark enjoyed spending time there with his wife and friend Will. Friends and family are asked to bring along memories of Mark to share.
Services will also be held in Chemung, NY. Details will be announced at a later date. In Mark's words....."It's all good!" Search the Heaven's for the perfect Camping Spot!!
Condolences may also be sent to the family at www.crippinfuneralhome.com
Arrangements are under the direction of Crippin Funeral Home & Crematory, Montrose, Colorado.