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Mark William IsaacsonSeptember 26, 1942 ~ December 30, 2017 (age 75)
Mark William Isaacson, age 75, passed away peacefully the morning of Saturday, December 30, 2017, at the El Centro Regional Medical Center Intensive Care.
Mark was born on September 26, 1942, in Los Angeles, California to John James and Olive Isaacson. From his parents, he and his younger brother, Paul Isaacson, developed an ethic of hard work and a love of learning. Most of their growing up years took place in the San Diego area. After graduating from high school, Mark attended Brigham Young University and San Diego State University for two years. He was subsequently called to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He served in the Central Germany Mission for two and one half years. Mark enjoyed serving the Lord and gained a lifelong love of the German people and culture. This would shape his life in many ways in the years that followed.
After returning from his mission in 1963, Mark resumed his studies at San Diego State University, San Diego, where he earned his B.A. in History with a minor in German. He then obtained his M.A. in History while teaching at a local private high school. It was during this time that he met the love of his life, Judith Diane Williams of San Diego, California. After two years of courtship, they married in the Los Angeles Temple on June 27, 1969.
Mark and Judy both accepted teaching positions in El Centro, California, where Mark began teaching History and German at Central Union High School. He was passionate about teaching and was greatly loved and respected by his students and faculty alike.
Not long after their arrival in El Centro, they decided to start their family and in May of 1970 their first daughter was born, Cathrine Marie. Three more children joined the family within a short time: Carli Meredith, Ted Matthew, and Lindy Gayle. His family became everything to him and all he did from that moment on was for them and the Lord.
In 1980, Mark applied for a Fulbright teacher-exchange position, and was awarded a teaching position in Dusseldorf, Germany. Taking the whole family on a new adventure, Mark taught English and History at a German high school, while the children attended German schools. This was a pivotal moment for all of them. Together they experienced and toured the European countries that Mark had already come to love.
During his time as a German teacher at Central, Mark set up a German Club and a German-American exchange program between Central Union High School, and schools in Neuss and later in Neuruppin, Germany. Every other year, Mark’s German students were able to travel abroad for a one-month experience Germany followed by a visit by the students and teachers from Germany.
Aside from his love of Germany, his family, and teaching, Mark enjoyed serving within his church in various volunteer assignments. He always put the Lord first in his life. He served as a Bishop, High Council Member, Gospel Doctrine Teacher, San Diego Temple worker and had many other meaningful service opportunities. He enjoyed teaching early morning religion classes for high-school students.
Mark enjoyed reading educational books and truly found joy in great music. He instilled in his children a love of great books and music and encouraged support of learning to play the piano and other instruments. He thrilled in each of his children and grandchildren’s accomplishments in school and in music.
By nature, Mark enjoyed talking and discussing things of interest with others, had a great sense of humor, and was always generous by nature. His greatest joy was bringing family together through activities and events.
Mark is survived by his wife and best friend, Judy, his brother, Paul, his four children, Cathrine Benton, Carli Bartling, Ted Isaacson, Lindy Hinckley, and seventeen grandchildren. He is deeply loved and will be sorely missed, but we are grateful to have had him in our lives.
A Memorial Service honoring him and his life will be held on January 6, 2018 at 10 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1280 South 8th street in El Centro, which will be officiated by Bishop Darryl Dickerson. His burial will take place a week later in the Pleasant Grove City Cemetery in Utah near his parents’ resting places.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 10 a.m. in the Pleasant Grove City Cemetery under the direction of Olpin Family Mortuary, Pleasant Grove.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.