September 9, 1989 ~ September 18, 2020

Born in: Pueblo, Colorado
Resided in: Pueblo West, Colorado

Servcies for Mathew Mark:

Matthew Lee Mark, 31, passed away September 18, 2020. Survived by his mother, Karen Mark; siblings, Travis (Amanda) Mark, Deidre (Kris) Bjorson, Caty Mark; grandmother, Judy (John) Schafer; nieces, Kiari and Makayla; nephew, Calvin and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Preceded in death by his father, Richard L. Mark; grandparents, Jo (Robert) Kirscht , Kerwin Van Heiden, and Dale Mark. Matthew was born, September 9, 1989, in Pueblo. He was a firefighter with the Pueblo West Fire Department and was also a member of the National Guard. Matthew enjoyed video games, music, his work and all things nerdy!
Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 24, 2020, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Livestreaming and online condolences at: www.MontgomerySteward.com

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Memorial Service: September 24, 2020 10:30 am

Montgomery & Steward Funeral Chapel
1317 N. Main Street
Pueblo, CO 81003

719-542-1552
http://www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Matt… Mark… or Garth? As so many knew you, and as I met you. Not only was your life lived in service to your country and physical community, but to all in your online community, as well.

    You were, and still are, a pillar of devotion, understanding, and kindness. You were always there for anyone and everyone who needed a shoulder, a listener, a commiserator, a comedian, a true friend. I only wish that that same ethics of service you lived by in every aspect of your life, was one that could be reciprocated to you in full. If only in this world you could have felt as held as much as you were holding.

    You made me laugh so many times… when all I wanted to do otherwise was cry. We talked much about the future, the past, pain, sorrow, insecurity, joy, and love. We talked of history, politics, social justice, and service. We argued over which green chile was the real green chile, the BEST green chile: Pueblo or New Mexico? I’ll let you take this win, forever more, my friend.

    We were friends at our best, and occasional meme-sharers and “just checking-in pals” at our most distanced. You stood in solidarity with me and so many others over virtual-communal injustice, just as I stood with you; and will always stand with you.

    You’ve always fought for preserving the sanctity of community, inclusion, and togetherness. For that and so much more: You are both cherished, and infinitely loved.

    Forever awaiting our scotch tasting in cosmos. With much love, compassionate & gentle soul.

  2. I’ve not met many who could make a group light up with laughter as easily as him. I am inordinately fortunate to have known him, and he will be missed. My condolences to his family.

  3. You are my brother, I love you like the way i love my family, I’m so sorry, I will always cherish our memories together playing videogames like Tf2 and Mordhau, I miss you man and you had so much impact on my life, just by being a good friend or someone to talk to when i was impaired, you deserved so much happiness in life, im so sorry i wish i had done more.

  4. CandleImageA great guy gone far too soon. I can only say how lucky I am to have called you my friend. My sincerest condolences go out to you and your family.

  5. CandleImageThis was definitely unexpected. We were friends of his that played Team Fortress 2. He will truly be missed and we thank him for his service to this country. Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers are with his loved ones at this time.

  6. CandleImageI’m so sorry for your loss. He was a great guy, generous, and a great friend. Everyone who knows him will miss him dearly.

  7. CandleImageMy condolence’s for your loss, I’m going to miss our talks when I would go visit your station, God Bless and All of your Family.

  8. May you R.I.P young man ❤ and God bless his Family and Pueblo West firefighters may our dear lord wrap his loving arms around all of you and get through this tragedy 🙏

  9. CandleImageIn the Military, we are a family. Some form friendships, some do not. We are expected to be there for each other, and have each others back, no matter what back ground you come from, what politics you align with, or how much you dislike someone. One team, one fight. There are many struggles we go through in our lives, add the military, and a first responder job into that, and they are bound to be there. Matt Mark was always that guy that showed up with a smile. If you had issues he was the one to ask if you were dealing with anything. He wasn’t one to back down or give up. He had the spirit of the infantry. Matt served his community with a smile and lived everyone around him. He was the energy we all need. One night, without an explanation, without saying goodbye, or reaching out to some of his closest friends… Mark lost the fight. A fight a lot of us struggle in. While nobody knows what he was fighting with, or how long he was fighting it. I’d like to think he tried his best to win. He was that man. Yesterday when I heard the news, I struggled to find any words, but couldn’t. Last night I tried to sleep but only found memories of a man I was proud to call my brother. This morning at PT when going up a hill, most find challenging and would back down from, I pushed through. It’s what mark would’ve done. So as my brothers find themselves struggling through this obstacle, push through. Triumph over this, and we will win together. Together as a team, meaning if you start to struggle, reach out and ask for a hand. We will be there. I hope someday I can have the energy Matt had. That I could be the leader he was. With my heart and soul, I write these words brother. Til Valhalla.

  10. CandleImageYou will be sorely missed Matt. Thank you for all the training you provided me and all the conversations we had, it was wonderful to get to know you.

  11. CandleImageMy prayers of condolence and sorrow go out to everyone who is grieving this tragic loss. May there be comfort in gathering and remembering.

    • CandleImageYou were a great friend and an even better brother. My condolences and prayers go out to your family. I am glad I meet you in high school. And know you for as long as I did.

  12. I am so sorry. I feel his dad was waiting for him with open arms and hugged him tightly and securely. Love you all. Prayers for peace and comfort.

  13. CandleImagecasting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].
    1 Peter 5:7 AMP
    I would like to give you my sincerest condolences on your loss.

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