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On or around Tuesday, September 13, 2022, our beloved father, brother, and friend Mark Lawrence Crowder passed away at age 64 in the mountains behind Dry Canyon.
Mark grew up in the Richmond, Virginia area. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to New Zealand, after which he attended BYU and majored in accounting, leading to his lifelong career as a tax accountant. He married Tina San Emeterio and they raised their nine children together in Orem, Utah. After their divorce, Mark was married briefly to Julie Cramer. At the time of his passing, he was blessed with a wonderful girlfriend who brought a lot of joy to his life.
Mark followed the example of Jesus Christ. He had a gentle nature and a truly good heart. He could always be found helping others, holding babies, offering his time or a listening ear to others, and making friends wherever he went. He never lost his cool.
Throughout his life, Mark developed the attributes of being meek, humble, patient, slow to anger, kind, and truly guileless. Humor and love were a part of every interaction with him. He was thoughtful, selfless, and caring. This was seen in a thousand small ways. Serving others was second nature to him.
Mark was fun and funny. He was the ultimate storyteller. He loved a good nap, his candy stash, and sports (especially BYU sports). He was a lucky participant in over five BYU halftime competitions. He was a pure scorer in basketball, his favorite sport. He enjoyed being outdoors, attending plays and concerts, and going to lunch with friends. He was a beloved grandfather and his grandkids adored him.
Mark was very methodical and his eyes lit up when he talked about numbers and numeric patterns. He loved to create games and contests that always included prizes like Smarties or cash. He probably completed over 12,000 tax returns in his life and formed deep friendships with his clients and coworkers in the process.
Mark is deeply missed and will be remembered forever for his gentleness, love, and devotion to his family.
Mark was preceded in death by his son Jonathan and by his parents Anne and Broadus. He is survived by his children Ben (Meridith), Cathy (Devin) Busby, April (Aaron) Jacob, Dan (Bethany), Jake (Jaklin), Matt (Bree), Josh, Jared, and Aaron; a small village's worth of grandchildren; and his siblings Gwen (Charles) Bruington, Paula (Jeff) Holloway, Gary (Karen), Bradley (Kathy), Sterling (Marinda), Alison (Kerry) Dickerson, Julie (Mark) Johnson, and Tyler (Katie).
His funeral will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 24, 2022 in the stake center at 800 E 600 N in Orem, Utah. It will also be streamed online on the link above.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Utah County Search & Rescue at the link below. They played a critical part in the search for Mark and we are forever grateful to them for their service.
We are also beyond grateful to the man who listened to the Spirit and found Mark's body in a place we might never have searched.
Utah County Search and Rescue
3075 North Main, Spanish Fork UT 84660