Mark M. Surles
Date Of Birth: 01/24/1952
Date of Death: 10/18/2021
Our beloved Mark passed on unexpectedly 10/18/21. He was 69.
Born in Milwaukee WI, son of Marian Nicholson & Lynn Surles, began competition springboard diving at an early age as his dad was a swimmer & diver. His grace & skill earned him top honors including the titles of All American & National Champion. He did get to meet his diving hero, Greg Louganis.
Mark earned a full athletic scholarship for his diving skill to Macalester College in Minnesota, where he chose a degree in Philosophy. He promptly learned it earned him the ability to deliver pizza & clean bars late at night. Rethinking his options, he then earned his Computer Science Degree at UC Santa Cruz & was a sought after High Tech Sales Rep & Manager for many fruitful years. He could have someone else deliver his pizza now thank you.
Mark was a life long kit drummer & performed with many bands, including his first band made up of his lifelong childhood friends “The Vibrations” & “The Laurel Wolfe Band” with his wife.
Mark believed in staying fit with daily gym workouts, yoga, & lots of hiking about in nature. Mark lived a happy life, married to the love of his life, Laurel, for almost 25 years with several Newfoundland dogs & cats as their chosen fur family.
He’s left behind his dear sister, Laurie Bendon & her husband Dr Michael Bendon; Cousins Bill Elliot, John Elliot, Louise Perez; Step Family members Jane Leudicke, Nancy Leudicke, Sue & husband Bill Wyvel, Alex Leudicke & husband Ron Whiteaker; Cousins Clyde Surles, Winfield Surles, & Richard “Day” Surles; Cousin Nancy Godachy; Niece Serena Hamilton & husband Brandon Whisler & their daughter, Mark’s grand niece Lydia.
Mark is dearly missed & the world has one less gentle & kind soul upon it. His memorial service will be held on a future date.
Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to the SPCA or Meals on Wheels as they both held a special place in his heart.