Mark Allen Moffat passed away peacefully Sunday, April 2, 2023. He was born on May 8, 1953 in Denver, Colorado to Murray Scoffield Moffat and Norma Lou Butcher into a large family where he was the fifth child of eleven.
Mark was an extremely loving son to his mom and dad. Mark learned the value of hard work; which included working on jobs with his dad and learning a specialty trade of plastering and drywall. His payment, he would say for his hard day of work, was a Twinkie and a 7-up! His mother was the most compassionate and caring person in his life. This is where Mark learned how to be a caring, sensitive and charismatic human. The skills he learned from his parents transferred over to his love for his siblings. Over the years he always made the effort to be supportive to his siblings and help them in their times of need. But he had a special place in his heart for his brother Kent. Kent was his best friend and best brother that he could ask for.
Mark was an extraordinary father. Being a single dad to two young boys, Adam and Mat. He played the role of both parents and taught them the lessons of “tuff love”. It was imperative to him that his boys learn the value of hard work and discipline. Whether it was staining a fence with recycled automatic transmission fluid, sorting out coffee cans of nuts and bolts or doing odd jobs for free around the neighborhood. No matter how many obstacles the three of them encountered there was never a night without dinner on the table. Mark spent the next fourteen years thinking that his life was complete with his boys. That all changed when his daughter Andrea was born. Andrea was his angel face, she was the light in his eye and the spark in his heart! Mark was dedicated to being the best girl dad he could be. He was always her biggest cheerleader and was at every single athletic event that she was part of. He was so proud of the woman she became.
Not only did Mark teach his family how to work and spend quality time with them doing so, he taught them how to have fun. In the summertime when they would be outside sliding on the water slide or playing in the kiddie pool - of course it always broke into epic water fights! When the boys would run into the house for safety, the water didn’t stay outside. Mark, the hose and the water all came into the house! What fun their dad had with his kids - camping, hunting, fishing, traveling, making special memories for him and his family.
Mark was the favorite uncle and the best “grandpalo” any kid could ask for. Oh how he loved the children and the children loved him! When it came to his grandchildren, his face and voice would light up as he spoke about them. He didn’t just talk about his grandchildren, they were his pride and joy! He would brag about them always and talk about how much he loved to spend time with them. When he would go camping in a fire restricted area, do you think that stopped him from building a fire? Think again, the rules did not apply to Mark when the kids needed S’Mores around a campfire. He always wanted to make each and every experience a magical one for the children in his life.
He was blessed to find love in his life. Terry gave him his greatest blessings, Adam and Mat. Later, Cherie completed his family with Andrea and her son Dustin. Finally, Mark spent the last sixteen years with his fiancé Luann Martineau. Blending the family with Luann’s four children, Jeremy, Danny, Laura and Shane Franchow was his happiness. Together Mark and Luann loved and spent hours watching the squirrels and birds eat from the carefully curated feeders that were outside of the windows. This is where they would enjoy the company of each other in the quietness of their home Mark loved and respected his country and served in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany. He was extremely patriotic and always had the American Flag displayed in his home and on his truck. He loved the great outdoors and would take any chance to let his reel fly! Climbing into his truck and pulling his trailer, he’d be off on his next adventure.
Mark also had a great belief and love for God. His relationship with Him was a personal one and was important to him. Mark has been reunited with his Father Murray Moffat Sr. his Mother Norma Lou Butcher Moffat, his older sister Beverly Jane Moffat, his nephew Weston H. Moffat and his first wife Teresa Hargreaves. He is survived by his children, Adam (Joan) Moffat, Mat (Jill) Moffat, Andrea (Brian) Ohlson. Grandchildren Alex, Zach, Sam, Joey, Carter, Austin, Emilee, and Vayda. Siblings Murray Moffat Jr, Kathryn Moffat, Michael Moffat, Marilyn (Garth) Malan, Kent Moffat, Lulu (Alan) Ostler, Dawn (Jeff) Rowberry, Jeff (Michelle) Moffat, and Gwen Moffat.
Although Mark’s life was cut short, we are thankful for his beautiful heart and the time he was able to spend with us here on earth. He loved all, he cared for all, he gave all! His amazing example will always be remembered and cherished. We love you and will truly miss you.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, April 6, 2023 at Russon Mortuary, 295 North Main, Bountiful, where a viewing will be held Wednesday evening from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Thursday morning 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment - Kaysville City Cemetery.
Services will be streamed live on Russon Mortuary & Crematory Facebook page and this obituary page.