Mark Small passed away December 17, 2021 at the age of 69. He was born in Defiance, Ohio and graduated from Defiance High School in 1970. He proceeded to go to Kalamazoo College and ran cross country on scholarship. He then attended IUPU at Fort Wayne and Ohio State, where he earned a CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist). He worked for 25 years and was one of the best in his field of anesthesia. In his career, he worked at Hackley, Mercy and Lakeshore Medical in Shelby. Mark was a very kind and empathetic man who took great care of his patients.
Mark loved West Michigan and loved raising his children here. Mark and Janette (Davis) have 3 daughters and 8 grandchildren together. Mark was a great cook, baker and gardener. He loved the outdoors and sports. His greatest passion was golf. Mark battled alcoholism for much of his life and struggled with his identity in Christ. It is never too late to get right with the Lord or to commit your life to Jesus Christ for the first time, and we believe Mark was able to do that before his death.
Mark was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Barbara and his brother Tom. He is survived by his daughters Erin (Bill) O’Connell, Gina (Shannon) Sharpe and Lindsay (Chad) Seaver and grandchildren Marguerite, Chase, Gabrielle and Reese O’Connell, Elliot, Fiona, Greta and Everly Seaver, his brothers Matt and Jim (Colleen), his aunt Ann, and his best friend Mary Beth Squires.
Donations can be made to Rothbury Community Church, 2500 W. Winston Road, Rothbury, MI 49452. Private services will be held.