Charles ‘Charlie’ Alan Mark, age 71, formerly of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida passed away peacefully in his sleep Thursday, August 13, 2020.
Charlie is preceded in death by his father John W.S. Mark and mother Elizabeth (Betty) Bryan; and cousin Jameson Crowner. Charlie is survived by his wife Patricia (Pat) Mark; daughter Dawn Ferrell, son in law Michael Ferrell, granddaughter Catalina Ferrell and grandson Jameson Ferrell; his brother John Mark and sister in law Lynne Mark; his sister Tracey Barrett; his cousins Libby Zenker and Cameron Crowner; and sister in law Rosalie Mark.
Charlie met the love of his life, Pat, 53 years ago during the fall of 1967. They quickly fell in love and where married on September 7, 1968. Not long after, Charlie and Pat had their only child Dawn Ferrell on February 15, 1969 who was the most important part of his life along with his grandchildren Catalina and Jameson Ferrell.
Charlie loved adventure and collecting ‘treasures’. This love of adventure, led Charlie to become a Gemologist. He was affectionately known as a rock hound and traveled the world with his wife Pat. In 1986, Charlie fell in love with Larimar, the Dolphin Stone of the Caribbean. He developed a deep love and appreciation for his friends and their families that mined the Larimar stone in the Dominican Republic. Charlie and his wife Pat would often travel to show case their jewelry. They would regularly travel to Japan, China, Thailand, Germany, France, Spain, Holland, Mexico and the Dominican Republic to sell the jewelry they made and to see their many friends.
Prior to becoming a Gemologist, Charlie opened the Victoria Station Restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Charlie was also a part owner of Pier Street Annex Restaurant also in Ft. Lauderdale. Charlie loved music and often could be found with a guitar in his hand strumming tunes. Charlie was a loyal, standup, blue ribbon guy whose imagination and wit could turn the most mundane task into a world of adventure. His astonishing memory gave him the ability to intelligently engage on any subject. He always carried the flag of good cause. Charlie had a huge heart and empathy for his many friends who he was constantly in touch with. Charlie had a love of animals of all kinds and could often be seen and heard in their defense. Charlie’s infectious smile and sincerity of heart brought joy and color to the lives of everyone he met.
For easy of travel, a gathering of friends from near and far is being planned for September of 2021 in Parker, Colorado. Further details will be posted on Charlie’s Facebook page next year.
Condolences may be offered at 21806 East Idyllwilde Drive, Parker, CO 80138.
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