The Seattle Times
October 31, 2013
(as posted at Legacy.com)
(c) Houston Astros
Mark was born in Portland, Oregon on November 12, 1967 to Dave Small and Phyllis Emmert. Mark had many happy memories of growing up in West Seattle, WA, graduating in 1986 from West Seattle High School. He went on to attend Washington State University and in his junior year was drafted by the Houston Astros. Mark spent the years 1989 through 2001 enjoying life as a minor and major league baseball player, living his dream.
Mark is survived by his wife, Shari and their children, Ryan, 14, and Shaylee, 10. In addition, his mother, Phyllis; his father, Dave; his stepmom, Maxine; his stepdad, Bob; his brothers, Chris, Jeff and Barry; his stepbrother and sister, Kurt and Kim; his Grandma Jesse and his closest friends, Jim, Jeff, Joel and Matt will miss him for the rest of their days.
Mark has left us with broken hearts that we will work to mend by remembering every one of his hilarious and entertaining stories. Thankfully, his sense of humor and kind spirit will live on through his children.
A celebration of Mark's life will be held at the Alki Community Center, 5817 SW Stevens St., West Seattle WA, 98116 at 11:00 am on Sunday November 3, 2013.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to UTMA Education Trust Accounts for Ryan and Shaylee at any branch of Chase Bank.