Captain Richard L. Mark, 52, of Pueblo West, Colo., passed away unexpectedly on June 5, 2009, in Steamboat Springs, Colo., doing what he loved, golfing and working for Muscular Dystrophy Association. Survived by his wife of 29 years, Karen Mark; children, Travis John (Becki Jones-Caffey) of Pueblo, Deidre Ann, Caitlin Sue and Matthew Lee, all of the family home in Pueblo West; mother, Jo Ann (Bob) Kirscht of Pueblo; stepmother, Norma Virginia Mark of Denver; sister, Karen Houston of Arvada, Colo.; granddaughter, Makayla Judith Hope; mother-in-law, Judy (John) Schafer of Iowa; brother-in-law, Kevin Van Heiden of Iowa; sister-in-law, Beth Neil of Iowa; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Preceded in death by his father, Roderick Dale Mark; brother, Robert Dale Mark; and father-in-law, Kerwin Van Heiden. Richard was a dedicated firefighter of 21 years, volunteering much time and energy to the Pueblo Firefighters Explorers and Honor Guard. He was the secretary- treasurer of Local IAFF No. 3, past-president of Southern Colorado Labor Council and Pueblo Firefighters Historical Society. He also volunteered heavily for MDA and Dreamweavers. Memorial service, 10 a.m. Saturday, June 13, 2009, at Praise Assembly, 2000 Troy Ave, with Pastor Doug Cox officiating. The family respectfully requests the omission of food and flowers. Memorials may be made to MDA, Pueblo Firefighters Historical Society or Dreamweavers, through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo., 81003. Online condolences, *****

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  1. Hello Jo, Karen & Family,
    I am Lucille Martin’s daughter. I don’t think I have met Karen, but Jo knows me. I was so sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. My deepest sympathy and may God be with you all.

    Kathy Martin-Traxler
    & son, Blake

  2. T.J. and Family,
    We are so sorry to hear of you and your families loss. I got to know your Dad pretty well while coaching Bantom league football. again I am so sorry. Bruce and Vince

  3. Dee Dee, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. Please know that I am thinking about you!

    Coach RO RO- Coach Roman- your track coach

  4. The Mark Family,

    On behalf of the Denver Area Labor Federation and the entire Labor Movement, I would like to extend my deepest sympathies. Rick was a dedicated unionist, firefighter, and community leader. He was a dear friend and we will miss him terribly. Pueblo has lost a great man.

  5. To the entire Mark Family I send my condolunces, I was both shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Richard’s sudden death. To Karen and the Children, my deepest sympathies.

  6. My condolences to Rick’s family. Rick was a good friend and will be missed. The Pueblo community has lost a great supporter and a great firefighter.

  7. Karen & Family,

    I can’t even begin to imagine the grief you must be going through. My heart goes out to you all. May God Bless You and I will keep you in my prayers.

  8. It is with a heavy heart I write my sincere appreciation that you allowed Brother Mark to share his kind heart and great friendship. Rick will be greatly missed by many.

  9. Rick Mark,
    Thank you for being a part of our lives and everything that you have done for others. We will miss you, especially on the golf course! May your family, friends, and coworkers find peace and strength knowing that you are now our angel watching over us. God Bless!

  10. I am so very sorry for your families loss. May God be with you and may Rick rest in peace in God’s mercy.

  11. I was so sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to Karen and Rick’s family. He was a great guy, and I know he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. May God bless you Rick. Mike Como

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