Mark Carver left this Earth on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017, at the age of 64, surrounded by his loving family, after fighting a long and arduous battle with cancer for many years.
Born October 17th, 1953, Mark was the son of Robert and Peggy, and grew up in the South and Southwest United States, with his brother, Robbie. As a boy, Mark was involved in sports and scouts, and as a teen he threw newspapers to buy his first motorcycle. He joined the Army the day after graduating from High School and served for 9 years (including 1 tour in Korea and 2 tours in Germany), as a missile combat crew, and a helicopter crew chief. He also married his high school sweetheart Lorraine Fickes on the 8th of April, 1973 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. After discharging from the military, Mark pursued his education, earning his Master’s degree, and he became a software engineer living both on the East and West coasts. After settling down in Oregon, in his later years he became an entrepreneur, and assisted the elderly in the community with their hearing needs in Forest Grove.
Some hobbies of his were writing computer programs, creating instructional web videos, and enjoying technology, but his greatest joy was sitting on the porch swing waiting for his grandsons to come home from school.
Mark, a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, served in many capacities during his mortal life. He was a Home Teacher, a Quorum member, and served as Bishop of the Council Creek Ward for many years. His personality was such that he always found joy in serving others. He was a wise, patient, kind, and genuine friend to all.
Mark is survived by his wife Lorraine, daughter Michelle, and son Matthieu. He leaves behind two grandsons to follow in his footsteps: Kynton and Keagan. Joining the family are Bret Morfin and his sons, Ryder, Everett and Brooks. Opa was loved by all of his growing family.
Memorial Contributions can be made in support of LDS Charities’ humanitarian efforts (such as disaster relief), by donating to the Humanitarian Aid Fund through: give.lds.org/humanitarian
Donations may also be made to Kindred Hospice, who so lovingly guided his care with the amazing support of the Knight Cancer Center oncology team.
A Funeral Service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, West Union Chapel on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 11:00 am. In honor of Mark’s veteran status, he will be buried at Willamette National Cemetery, with military honors after the funeral service at 2:00 pm.