October 24, 1962 ~ July 2, 2019

Born in: Blue Island, IL
Resided in: Littleton, CO

Mark Etchason

Mark Douglas Etchason of Littleton, Colorado left our world suddenly and unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. Mark is survived by his adoring wife, Nancy, his devoted children, John and Mary Anne, and countless family members and friends. His greatest achievement in life was his family, and he worked hard to model a life of faith, love and fun. His loyalty to all was to be admired.

Mark moved to Colorado from the Chicago area immediately after graduating from Northern Illinois University in 1985. He began his career as a sales professional in Colorado Springs where he met his wife-to-be. He excelled at his chosen profession, working as a sales executive for Comcast Spotlight in Denver for the past 15 years. He maintained lifelong friends and mentors from these opportunities.

His passion for music and sports was boundless. He loved and relished playing his guitar with friends or in a solo jam session. He loved hiking, biking and skiing. An avid sports fan and fantasy sports team owner and champion, he cheered for all his favorite teams and enjoyed attending Avalanche hockey games with family and friends, especially his daughter.

Mark cherished spending time with his son and daughter and beamed with pride at their achievements. He took his family on wonderful vacations – always filled with silly fun and good times (and sometimes a bright yellow convertible). He was never so happy as to provide an opportunity for a “girls’ trip” and then have a major home improvement “surprise” project completed upon their return. Mark and Nancy celebrated their 25th anniversary with a trip to Italy, the highlight of which was receiving a blessing by Pope Francis.

As a friend, Mark was the best. To know Mark was truly to love Mark. He was the type of man who could find joy in every situation and bring it to everyone around him. Losing him so suddenly leaves a huge void in our world and our lives.

Mark was preceded in death by his father Douglas. He leaves behind his loving mother Maxine, sisters Diane and Michelle, and his extended family of nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law – all who think the world of him. He is also survived by his work family at Comcast Spotlight, so many of whom contributed to his success and his professional fulfillment.

The Rosary/Vigil will be held on Thursday, July 11 at 7 pm at Horan & McConaty, 5303 E. County Line Road. The Funeral Mass will be held Friday July 12 at 2 pm at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 6673 W. Chatfield Avenue. Contributions may be made to the ‘Cathedral Basilica Restoration Fund,’ 1535 Logan Street, Denver, CO 80203.

 

Services

Vigil Service: July 11, 2019 7:00 pm

Horan & McConaty - South Metro/Centennial
5303 E County Line Rd
Centennial, CO 80122


Funeral Mass: July 12, 2019 2:00 pm

St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church
6673 W Chatfield Ave
Littleton, CO 80128


http://www.sfcparish.org/

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  1. Our hearts are broken at the loss of such a dear brother, uncle, and friend. May God bless his family and may his soul rest in peace.

  2. My heart is broken. Mark is a beautiful soul and will be missed by so many…including myself. My love to Nancy and the kids. May your broken hearts receive love from so many and help lift you up in this time. Goodbyes hurt the most when the story was not finished… Rest Well Mark. Thank you for shining your light into my soul. Olivia

  3. It is unthinkable that such a kind and wonderful soul is gone . Our hearts are with Nancy and her family
    Sincerely,
    Nina & Larry

  4. Our hearts are broken. Mark was someone I never imagined speaking of in the past tense. His love of life, his passionate adoration of his wife and kids, and his unbridled enthusiasm for little things in life, a cup of coffee or a new case for his phone, made him one of the people you wanted to be close to. I miss my friend and my heart goes out to the whole family.

  5. I am so sorry to hear this very sad news.
    Blessings,Nancy, John and Maryann.
    Mark’s smile will always be in my heart.
    Jane Carlson

  6. Mark was my brothers’ college roommate and like an older brother to me during that time. When I think of Mark, I think of a kind man with a gentle heart and a great sense of humor. I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in memories and those that love you.

  7. We are so sad to lose such an amazing guy and friend. Mark always put a smile on my face, supported me and pumped me up when I needed a pep talk, I will miss seeing him for coffee and getting Rockies dogs together, he was truly one of a kind. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Nancy and the kids, we are so sorry for your loss.
    Sarah & Stephen Iliff

  8. Etch was a true friend and will live in our hearts and memories forever. Such a great guy! His passion for music, concerts, sports, movie quotes and life in general made him someone always fun to be around. Our thoughts and prayers are with Nancy and the family. God bless

  9. I’ve been friends with Mark for 34 years, we met in Colorado Springs on Independence Day. He lived a life of joy and shared it with those who were lucky enough to have had him in their life. He will be missed, the world is a little less fun today . . .
    My condolences to Nancy, and his children John and Mary Ann.

  10. I met Mark 19 years ago through a work related function. We hit it off and became friends. I have shared many a fun time with Mark and am grateful for the times we had! He will definitely be missed by many. Thoughts and prayers to Nancy, John & Mary Anne.

  11. So sorry to hear this sad news about Etch. My heart, thoughts and prayers are with his family.
    Steve Sapp

  12. Nancy, I am stunned, shocked, and so saddened to learn of Mark’s passing. I stumbled upon it while reading the Sunday paper. My heart and deepest condolences go out to you and your family.

  13. Mark always made an impression and was so pleasant to work with. I am so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers and thoughts to you at this difficult time.

  14. Sending thoughts, love and prayers to Nancy and the entire family. Mark will truly be missed by all.

  15. I just can’t imagine life without Etch-a-sketch, my brother in faith, but mostly my dear, dear friend who kept life so real for me! From sitting in the pews at Mother of God church on Ash Wednesday noon mass with a bunch of other media Catholics, to hearing the guitar start to strum from over at his cubical so that I could start singing from my desk in the afternoon on any given day at the office – Mark made life light and delightful. His last words to me as he left on Monday evening were “it’s gonna be ok” as I dealt with some dumb copier issue. Thank you Mark for your parting words, sealed in my heart. Heaven just hit the jackpot, and we here pray to those beautiful saints, Mark included, to help us navigate these new waters. God bless and watch over Nancy, Mary Ann and John and all our lovely Etchason family. Love, hugs and harmonies,

  16. To Mark’s family and friends – although I only knew him a short time, he made an immediate impact on my life. He made me feel instantly “at home” with my new work family when I moved to Denver a couple of years ago. Mark was a lovely gentleman and was truly one of the good guys. Love and light to your family, and rest for you, friend.

  17. We are so saddened by the news of this sudden and unexpected loss of Mark. Our hearts and prayers go out to Nancy, John, Mary Ann and the rest of the Etchason and Watson families. All our prayers are with you now and always. All our love–Sharon and Bill

  18. The Moynier Family sends love, prayers and hugs to Nancy, John, MaryAnne and their family and friends in Colorado from Roseville CA. Although we never met Mark, we knew he was a very special man from the stories Nancy shared on her trips home to visit family and friends. I’m sorry we can’t be there for the services; however we will be there in spirit and will be praying and send our love and thoughts you. Love Janette

  19. I was deeply saddened to hear the news of Mark’s passing. To his wife, children, mother and family, I wish to express my sincere condolences for your loss and my heartfelt prayers.

  20. So very sad to hear of Mark’s passing. It’s a huge loss for the Denver advertising community. Prayers for the Etchason family.

  21. So very sad and sorry for your loss. Mark funny personality is what made Comcast meeting great. He has great work ahead because Heaven needed him more. He is watching over and laughing with us everyday. God bless and watch over all the lovely Etchason family. Love, hugs and peace, The Chase-Fiegl Family

  22. So sorry for the loss of Mark to all his family and friends. ????????

    Sidney and Bob Brush
    Sister and brother in law to Stephanie and Dan Watson

  23. I was to sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.

  24. Dear Nancy,
    Mike Masini just let me know of Mark’s passing. Mark was on my brother floor at NIU.

    I wanted you and your family to know that even back then, Mark was a decent, funny & authentic person and a great friend to me. And though we drifted over the years, I’m stunned and deeply saddened by his death. The world was a better place with him in it.

    Know that people you’ll probably never meet were impacted by him, are mourning him and are sending healing prayers & hopes your way.

  25. I met Mark shortly after moving to Denver in the 80s. What a wonderful guy. Always positive. Always funny. Always helpful. Always great to hang out with. We had a great time putting promotions together for the RBBBC( Ringling Bros Barnum and Bailey Circus). And, Etch was a true Led Zepplin Fan. I remember attending Plant and Page with him at the old McNichols arena. I enjoyed the heck out of the music. My wife, not so much. But I had Mark to enjoy it with!
    My sincere condolences. This is heartbreaking news.

  26. You will forever be remembered as one of my favorite humans on this planet. I’m flooded with memories spending time with you and heartbroken that you’re gone. See you on Federal Blvd in the next life brother. Until then your memory and spirit will forever live on….

  27. I never realized until today that mark was born in blue island which is 4.1 miles from my house on the south side of Chicago. Mark and I were not close but I feel closer to him knowing we were raised in the same area.

  28. I am so sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. He was my promotions manager at KKCS in Colorado Springs back in 1991 and 1992. I remember what a fun, friendly, and professional person he was at work. I remember how happy he was to be with Nancy. I was so lucky to have the chance to work with him so early in my career. My sincere prayers and live to his family and everyone in his life. He was a wonderful person.

  29. I didn’t know Mark well, but what I knew of him was delightful, hard working and a pleasure to be around. Mark was one of a kind, and my thoughts are with his friends and family during this time.

  30. We had the joy of getting to know Mark and sharing his love of sports. He will be greatly missed

  31. While we only knew each other for a short time, I knew immediately that Mark was one of the “good guys”. The passion he exuded for his friends, music,sports, work and living his best life was instantly relatable. Mark’s enthusiasm, easy-going demeanor, professionalism, faith and love for family are just a part of the legacy he created. May the fondest memories help console those closest to him. I missed him instantly.

  32. Mark was a loving husband and dedicated family man. He was a cherished colleague I spent years working closely with. His success in business was due to his deep caring for all people and his wonderful personality. I will never know another Mark Etchason as he will live in my heart forever.

  33. This is a tough one! An all around good guy. Quick with a joke and smile and always present. Mark was a great coworker and friend. Etch is off in that great rock-n-roll show above I’m sure. Thoughts and prayers are with Nancy, John and Mary Ann.

  34. Dear Nancy and family,
    We were so saddened to hear that Mark has passed from this life. We will be praying for you and all of your family as you go through this huge loss. God bless you and hold you in the palm of his hand.

  35. Etch will remain in our memories forever because of the way he connected with people and made you laugh even on your worst days. I will always remember him for how much fun we had working together and as friends listening to music or going to a sports game. His love of making jokes about New Jersey or both of our terrible football teams will always make me smile. Thoughts and prayers to his wonderful family.

  36. Nancy, John and Mary Anne,
    Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you at this most incredibly difficult time. We are so sorry about Mark’s passing, but know that you have the most incredible angel in heaven to watch over all of you now. Mark could light up a room with his smile, his gentle spirit and his incredible warmth and zest for life. He will be truly missed! Know that we are here to support you now and forever. Sending all our love and sincere sympathy to you and your entire family. I know that Mark would love his new resting spot at beautiful Mt. Lindo. Love and hugs! The Johnsons

  37. Dearest Nancy, John and Mary Anne,
    Words cannot express the sadness I’m feeling for you at this most difficult time. Although I did not know Mark all that well, I do know he was a truly wonderful husband, father and very special man. My heart goes out to you all at this terribly sad time. Please know you have been and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

  38. So shocked and sad to hear about the loss of my uncle, an admirable man. My prayers and condolences are with you Aunt Nancy, and Cousins John and Mary-Anne.

  39. Nancy, Mary Ann and John,
    Mark was a great husband, an amazing father and was always a great co-worker and friend. I will miss his humor, his smile and the sound of his guitar playing in the office. He was one of a kind and loved by all. I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending love to your family…

  40. Nancy, Mary Ann, John and Mark’s entire Family,

    I am deeply sorry and saddened by the loss of such a wonderful person and a beautiful soul. Mark had a magical way of making everyone feel special, and that “Life Is Good”. Although I didn’t know him for very long, I feel so blessed to have enjoyed his warmth, heart, smile, and humor- as well as his friendship and all of that, was a blend of each of you.
    You are in my heart and prayers each day as he is with each of you, as your Lovely Guardian Angel.

  41. Dear Nancy, Mary Ann and John,

    I continue to pray for your family.

    I think he might be sitting at the right hand of the Father strumming
    his guitar and smiling down on everyone with love.

    Much Love

  42. I only met Mark a few times, and I could tell he was a sincere and genuine guy who loved his family. I am so sorry for your loss, and will keep you all in my thoughts during this sad time.

    Craig Cundall

  43. I had the pleasure of working with Etch over the last six years. He always had a smile on his face, and always was a complete joy to be around. He went above and beyond for me and my entire team countless times and will be sorely missed. I know he was loved by all – prayers to family and friends in this time of mourning. I am praying for you and God Bless. Rest in Peace Mark.

  44. Mark I am in shock of this. You were not only a great guy but a good friend. I will miss our P.F. Chang’s lunches and your humor and smile. My heart breaks for you and family.
    Rest In Peace and a better place and we will see each other again in heaven my friend.

  45. Such a wonderful family and always enjoyed stopping and chatting with Nancy, Mark and the kids on my dog walks. Mark will be missed so much by so many.
    Prayers and God Bless to all of the family,
    Jim and Jill Peaslee

  46. So saddened to hear the news. I was a client who worked with Mark at various points during his career at Comcast. He was truly a delightful person. When I think of Mark I think of his positive and kind nature. He was always personable and made you feel good. I feel lucky to have know him. My thoughts and prayers go out to Mark’s family during this challenging time.

  47. To Marks wife Nancy and 2 wonderful children. I met Mark at KKCS radio. He was the promotions director. His infectious sense of humor was my first impression of Etch. We had secretaries day come up and Mark had made sure that everyone got a coffee mug with flowers in it. I remember us giving him such a hard time because the mugs looked like something from a Rorschach test. I will post a pic on my facebpok page with the mug. I still have it after 28 years. It never fails to make me smile and think of all the good times that crew had. Mark you remind me daily that it is the little moments that stand out the most. Thanks for your joy and laughter. Nancy my thoughts and prayers with you and your family.

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