October 15, 1972 ~ November 25, 2019

Born in: Fairbolt, Minnesota
Resided in: Denver, Colorado

Mark Thomas Knepper, son, brother, and uncle died unexpectedly on November 25, 2019, at the age of 47 while on vacation in Mexico.

Mark is survived by his parents; Robert “Bob” (Kandy) Knepper and Mary Mace (Roger Cramer); his brother, Brad (Patti) Knepper, nephews Tyler Kalvoda, Tanner and Jake Knepper, niece, Faith Knepper; his sister, Janelle Knepper, nephews Jackson and Jay Burgner; his brother, Cody Knepper; step-brother, TJ (Shauna) Frericks, nephews Austin and Zach Frericks, niece Abby Frericks; step-brother, Jeff Frericks, niece, Kayley Frericks.  Mark will also be lovingly remembered by his uncles, aunts, many cousins, extended family and dear friends.

Mark was born October 15, 1972, in Fairbolt Minnesota.  He was a 1991 graduate of Independence High School, Independence, Iowa.  He attended Iowas State University and then moved to Colorado in 1994, to work along side his dad at the family business, Knepper Construction Company.  Mark’s innate skills made him a natural craftsman and over the years Mark grew to coordinate numerous projects as well as lead the crew.  He will be remembered for his attention to detail as well as his knack for keeping clients happy with their project.

Besides spending time with his family and friends, Mark enjoyed Rockies and Bronco games, traveling, attending his nieces and nephews social and sporting events, and caring for his dogs Marla and Louie.  Mark had a bright and spirited personality and was always willing to help out a friend, family member or client.  He touched many lives with his generosity and passion for life.

Family and friends are invited to attend his Celebration of Life service on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 2:00 pm with a reception to follow at Horan & McConaty 5303 East County Line Road (West of Holly Street), Centennial Colorado 80122.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Denver Dumb Friends League.  http://support.ddfl.org/goto/markknepper



Celebration of Life: December 12, 2019 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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

Room: Family Chapel

Reception: December 12, 2019 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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

Room: Reception Hall

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Mark Thomas Knepper's name.

Denver Dumb Friends League

2080 S. Quebec St.
Denver, CO 80231
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Memories Timeline


  1. Dear Mark was always such a delightful human to work with. I always looked forward to working on projects with Mark! He was always so kind, gentle, prepared and confident. I gave Mark a hug the second to last time I saw him, and although he was a little surprised, I just wanted him to know how much I loved and appreciated him. He will be so very much missed, but I am so grateful to have known such a kind soul.
    I wish the Knepper family bundles of peace and love to keep and hold you during this very sad time.
    With Love,
    Monica Hill
    Do-It-Ur-Self Plumbing & Hating Supply

  2. Mary, Brad and family,
    I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Marks passing. Even though I have not seen him in years I think of youguys often. I will always be greatfull of the time I was able to spend with him growing up and all the fun times we had out at Grandma and Grandpas. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers and I wish you strength to get through this difficult time.

    I know he will be deeply missed.
    Love Always,

    • Dear Bob, Kandy, and family members,
      I know we haven’t talked in years but that makes it no less sad to hear about Mark’s passing. I remember Mark as that little kid with a smile that would light up the room, always a bit of a devil’s gleam in his eye. Wish I would have known him as what must have been a really great guy. Know that my thoughts, hugs, and prayers are with you. Stay strong as Mark watches down from above. Love to you all.

  3. Bob and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Andrew and I truly enjoyed getting to know Mark over the past several years, and we will miss his positive attitude and friendly demeanor dearly. He was a joy to be around and a pleasure to work with. Please know that our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
    Sending our love,
    Maggie and Andrew Jarrett

  4. Thinking of all of you and breaks my heart for what has happened. Mark was always so nice and such a fun person to be around. Sending prayers and thoughts with you through this very difficult time.

  5. What a handsome picture of Mark. He was wonderful person, always upbeat and willing to go the extra mile for his friends, family and clients. My husband and I were fortunate enough to work with Mark on one of his last projects. I saw him almost every day, other than weekends, since March. He became much more than a contractor to us; he became a good friend. He shared stories about his nieces and nephews, Marla and Louie, about gathering at his Dad’s on Sundays playing horseshoes…he always had a good story to share. We were the same age and I teased him that he was ok getting knee surgeries but wouldn’t wear reading glasses. But apparently he was ok without them because his precision at work was spot on. He took such pride in his work. He never did anything half way. It has been very tough not seeing him this week and hearing his truck pull up. We haven’t stopped thinking about him, Bob and the rest of the family. He will be deeply missed but we are so grateful to have known him. He was a beautiful soul. We love you Mark.

  6. Mary, Brad and Family,
    Growing up in Independence and being Brad’s friend meant Mark was not far and dare I say joining in on some of the high jinks. Years later Mark would come back for the July 4th Celebrations and we would love to here the stories of Brad and Mark’s great adventures. My last thoughts of Mark we always be of him surprising Mary by coming back on the 4th this year. Always so much fun to be around and such a great guy. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Aaron and Family

  7. May you Rest In Peace Mark. We were always locker neighbors in high school cuz of the way our last names fell. Prayers to all.

  8. Brad and family, I have found memories of Mark growing up,talented athlete and handsome man. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  9. Bob and family,
    I am saddened to hear of your loss of Mark. Since I heard about this you and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers.
    The memories I have of Mark are from when Brad and him were little and attending family events. After reading the comments in this guestbook, I can see that he grew up to be a special person.
    You have my sympathy and I will continue to think of all of you as you go through this difficult time.
    Sharon (Breen) Fah
    Le Claire, Iowa

  10. Dear Mary, Brad and Family
    Words cannot express how deeply sorry we are to hear about the loss of Mark.
    He was such a fun person to be around. There are so many memories of the good times we had at Jackson Lake. He will always be in our hearts. Love and hugs to all of you.
    Uncle Ronnie and Aunt Mardie

  11. We are so heartbroken for you all! We are praying for healing every day. Mark will be missed a ton. Everyone here at Cool Sunshine loved to work with Mark, his wonderful work and fantastic work ethic will be greatly missed!

    With love,
    The Cool Sunshine Crew

  12. Bob and Family,
    We are so very saddened to learn this, and so sorry for your loss. Mark will be missed greatly by all he came in contact with. He was always good to us, and often looked out for us. Along the way we also learned a great deal from him too. His smile and can do positive attitude will not be forgotten. We are undoubtedly better people for having known him and we will miss him greatly. Our deepest sympathies for you all during this difficult time.
    Brian & Ben
    Higher Ground Landscapes

  13. Here’s to the ones that we got
    Cheers to the wish you were here, but you’re not
    ‘Cause the drinks bring back all the memories
    Of everything we’ve been through
    Toast to the ones here today
    Toast to the ones that we lost on the way
    ‘Cause the drinks bring back all the memories
    And the memories bring back, memories bring back you
    There’s a time that I remember, when I did not know no pain
    When I believed in forever, and everything would stay the same
    Now my heart feel like December when somebody say your name
    ‘Cause I can’t reach out to call you, but I know I will one day, yeah
    Everybody hurts sometimes
    Everybody hurts someday, ayy ayy
    But everything gon’ be alright
    Go and raise a glass and say, ayy
    Here’s to the ones that we got
    Cheers to the wish you were…


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