Mark William Garvey, devoted husband, ever-present father, loving son, caring brother and loyal friend went to his eternal home to be with his Heavenly Father, surrounded by his family and friends on Feb. 3, 2015. He was 47.
Mark is survived by his wife, Debbie, his son, Lucas, his daughter, Alyssa, as well as his parents, Bob and Marlene Garvey, his sisters, Lisa and Laura, his in-laws, Bob and Earlene Beko, and his siblings-in-law, Darren, Tony, Jillice, Chris and Kim, in addition to his six nieces and nephews.
Born and raised in Lake Oswego, Mark graduated from Lakeridge High School and received his bachelor’s degree in business at Linfield College.
Mark and Debbie met in 1989 and four years later began their 22-year marriage and started their family, the main priority and source of joy in Mark’s life.
Mark was a man of great strength – strong in his faith in Christ, his dedication to his wife and his support (and own volunteerism) with her work at The Boys & Girls Club, his commitment to serve as a coach, friend and courageous example to his two children, his loyalty to his 19 years of work at Country Financial, his maintenance and pursuit of real and lasting friendships, and unbelievably strong in his 17-year battle with a rare form of cancer.
This battle does not define Mark’s life, but only shows the relentlessness with which he pursued and appreciated each moment of it. Mark’s zest for life, his refusal to complain or quit and his ability to find humor in even difficult circumstances will leave a lasting legacy for all who were blessed enough to know and love him.
Services will be held on Monday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. at Dayspring Fellowship in Keizer.
Donations may be made, in memory of Mark, to the Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties or a contribution may be given to the education fund set up for the Garvey children at Pioneer Trust Bank.