Mark Fletcher, 57, passed from this life into the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on July 24, 2023. Mark graced his parents, Donald and Ruth Fletcher with his presence on the chilly spring day of March 16, 1966, in Modesto, California, where he grew to be an outstanding young man who was always involved in the church. Whether it be selling peanut brittle, running a firework stand, driving a Sunday school bus, ushering, prison ministry, Bible studies, staying late to lock up, or helping to clean up the church, you can be sure that Mark was volunteering for it (he even volunteered his son to help quite often!) To quote the 84th Psalms verse 10, “For a day in thy courts are better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.” Mark’s actions embodied this scripture in every aspect of his life.
Mark was the third of five children. He graduated from Modesto High School in 1984. Sometime later he attended a hotel management college in Connecticut. Mark learned early in life the value of hard work with a diverse work experience: paper route, Taco Bell manager, city of Modesto Parks and Recreation, manager of a mobile home park, and Hogan manufacturer for 32 years. These are great accomplishments, however, Mark‘s most noteworthy accomplishment his determination to speak the name of Jesus over every heart and mind. Mark will talk about the goodness of God to everyone he interacted with.
In June 1990 at United Pentecostal Church in Modesto a life changing event occurred, Mark met Miss Mary Lou Hall for the first time. Judging from the happy glow of the countenance while introducing her to his family, I’d say that he lost his heart to her that day, too! One year and four months later on October 26, 1991, Mary Lou officially became a member of the Fletcher family when she married my brother Mark. They were blessed for three beautiful children: Bethany Renee, Brianna Rachelle, and Brandon Mark, as well as three adorable grandchildren: Paisley Nicole, Hudson Malachi, and Oliver Williams. Mark and Mary Lou were happily married for 31 1/2 years until God saw fit to call Mark home. Mark fought the good fight here on earth and is now resting in peace in the arms of his Heavenly Father.
As far as for us, who remain here on earth, our lives will forever be impacted by Mark’s exemplary love for God and his family. We will always remember him in our hearts and strive daily to apply the principles he taught us, as well as share Acts 2:38 with everyone we meet.