Mark Allen Thompson, 65, passed away after a long battle with Parkinson’s and Diabetes. When Mark was born October 4, 1957, his family was living in Alexandria, MO. Alexandria was so small they had to go to the hospital in Keokuk, IA; and that was where he was born. Mark is the son of Manly Louis Thompson and Rosetta Elenore Stice. He is the 4th of 5 children, 2 girls and 3 boys.
His mother had a strong influence in his life. While living in Alexandria they attended the 1st Baptist Church. When Mark was about 6 his family moved to Hannibal, MO and the family began to attend the 1st Church of the Nazarene. His mother was always singing, whether at the Blue Moon or in the church choir. Mark followed in her footsteps and as a child he would tell his mother that when he grew-up he was going to sing in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Little did he know that later in life that dream would become a reality.
In 1978 Mark was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
He attended both Hannibal-Legrange College and Mid-America Nazarene College studying vocal music.
In 1987, after a medical scare, he moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. This is where he met his future wife, Susan RaNae Jones. They had both moved into the same singles ward, the same weekend, in Murry Utah. After getting married in the Manti Utah Temple, they moved back and forth between SLC and Mesa, AZ. Each time they were in SLC a child was added to the family. When the children were young the family moved to Jackson County, MO where they spent the next 25 years.
While living in MO, Mark worked with a Student Foreign Exchange program. During the 9 years in the program over 20 students lived with the family. Mark’s influence spread to many countries from Russia, Columbia, China, Germany, Norway, Brazil, Korea, Thailand and many more.
In his spare time, he loved to go for walks – through Wal-Mart & car lots. His love of cars extended from classic, to sports, to Matchbox. You could also see him regularly in any of the many neighborhood QTs.
The Thompson family migrated back to Utah in 2021-22. Before passing he was able to spend time with his children and grandchildren.
Mark is survived by his wife Susan, his brothers Roger and Ronald, his children Rhendon (Saren), Devaraux and Shelbe, also by his grandchildren Kadan, Kaylee and Kaitlyn. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters Linda (Roy) Patrick and Becky Thompson. A celebration of life will be held on-line the first week of December.