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Mark Webster - Class Of 1985 VIEW PROFILE

Mark Webster

Mark Webster class of 1985 of Okemos, aged 53, passed away April 30, 2021. The family was served by Riley Funeral Home.
Published in Lansing State Journal from May 5 to May 9, 2021.
Thank you to Autumn Johnson Romig class of 1985 for providing this information.


Retired Sergeant First Class Mark Lodge Webster passed unexpectedly at home Friday, April 30, 2021. Son to his father Joseph Lodge Webster, Jr., and his mothers Rhoda JaMille Jackson and Sarah Tilton Webster, Mark was born on July 6, 1967 in Detroit, Michigan. A loving father, compassionate friend, and dedicated mentor, Mark passed too-soon at the age of fifty-three after a twenty year career in the military. A verteran of the Iraq-Afghanistan War, he served his country with the 1171st Area Support Medical Company. He is preceded in death by Sarah Tilton Webster.

A 1985 graduate of Okemos High School and after earning an Associates degree from Lansing Community College, Mark joined the US Army in 1987 and completed his training as a radiographer. In 2006, his unit was called to support "Operation Iraqi/Freedom," in Baghdad, Iraq. During his year-long mission the 78 company members traversed approximately 15,000 miles and treated 24,000 patients. In 2007, Mark was assigned to the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear and High-Yield Explosives (CBRNE) Consequence Management Response Force (CCMRF) where he served for a number of years. He also gained certification as an optical lab technician and a promotion to the 146th Medical Battalion, the first Multifunctional Medical Battalion in any component of the US Army. Before retiring, Mark served as a Master Resilience Trainer and dedicated the latter half of his professional military career to helping active-duty soldiers and fellow veterans develop skills and strategies for coping with traumatic experiences, maintaining healthy relationships, and easing the transition to civilian life.

In recent years, Mark rededicated himself to his lifelong passion of music and produced a ten track album "Taxicab Lullabies", published on Bandcamp under the username "marcweb". Even while pursuing his own creative passion, Mark did his best to help and positively impact other people and to mentor fellow musicians across the Mid-Michigan area.

Mark will be lovingly remembered for his warm, vivacious spirit and compassionate soul. He will be deeply missed by all of those who shared in his light and felt the warmth of his spirit: his children Sarah, Emily, and Kahley; his parents Joseph and JaMille; his brothers Charles and David; and innumerable extended family and friends.

Published by Lansing State Journal from May 28 to May 31, 2021.


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09/06/22 06:17 PM #1    

Laurel Winkel (1968)

Comments from the "Okemos High School Class of 1985" Facebook group:

Chuck Wing
What a great guy. Thinking of his family tonight.
Paul Palmer
Thanks for sharing Earl. Thoughts and prayers to his family!
Renee Blesch Hill
Earl, thank you for sharing. My thoughts & prayers are with his family.
Jeff Stehr
He laughed harder at my assignment in English class than anyone else junior year. And a few weeks later, Mr. Collar beaned him with the plastic filmstrip can to keep him from yakking in class during said filmstrip. Great guy. The world is a little darker without his smile.
Phaedra Fisher
Last time I saw Mark was totally random. I was at Quality Dairy in Okemos in Jan 2018 and he was also there and he somehow recognized me. (I am totally crap at recognizing anyone out of context.). We had a great conversation about life. He seemed to be in a very good place with lots of positive energy despite some hard hits in his life. Best wishes for his family and loved ones.
Jen Brewer
Mark always had a huge smile and a kind word. Love and prayers to his family. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
Marc Sherrod
Thank you for letting us know Earl.
Elizabeth Culver Edwards
Mark was such a great guy. I remember an English class I had with him Jr. year and his big smile.
Katherine Mather Siegel
Mark was always positive and upbeat - sad to hear this news.
Chris Link Hammond
Thank you for sharing. My heart goes out to his kids and family. We will miss you Webby.
William Bitz
Mark was a fun guy to be around. Always friendly and great with a joke and a smile. You are missed, my friend.
Julie Van Wyk
So sorry to hear about this. I remember his kind smile. RIP Mark. โค๏ธ
Traci Rehard-Vanmiddlesworth
Thank you for sharing
Karen Segerlind Baum
So sorry to hear about his passing. I remember how nice he was in school. He had a great smile. Prayers for his family and friends.

Elisabeth Krautscheid

I'm just seeing this news and feel the way you all do. I remember him the same -- smiling in the hallway, friendly, funny. Thanks, Earl, for letting us all know.


10/23/23 01:31 PM #2    

Laura Russell (Varhola) (1985)

Mark and I were in the Army at the same time.  It's sad, but I never knew this.  I wish we could have met and shared our stories with each other.  I remember Mark as a happy and upbeat guy who could always put a smile on your face.  He will be missed!

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