This is a posting of events of interest to Shriners in the Western States
140 year of Shriners
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Bagdad Child Representative for Shriners leaves US
On Aug. 12, 2013, father, husband, brother, uncle, and true friend, Mark (Hawk) Hoffman entered into heaven, reuniting with loved ones, continuing conversations that will never end now with eternity on his side. “You know what I mean.”
Mark entered into this world on Oct. 26, 1960, to May and Charlie Hoffman. He was one of five brothers. Mark worked for the Community, Counseling, and Correctional Services for just under 20 years.
Mark’s years as a child taught him the appreciation for simplicity of just living. Mark became a child representative for Shriners. The Shriners remained a strong influence in his life. He saw his dream come true when he became a Shriner in 2006, as part of the Bagdad Temple and Masonic Lodge.
In 2010, Mark met the loved of his life, Pam at his favorite weekend of the year, Rockin’ the Rivers. His love for her was unrivaled. The two of them were completely inseparable. On Aug. 20, 2011, the two were married marking the start of a match made in heaven.
Mark was the ultimate sports fanatic. He loved playing softball for the Pair a Dice, or just shooting basketballs for hours. He played Skippo with neighbors, Joe and Deb. If it was on ESPN he watched it. If there was a sporting event, he attended. Mark loved the Bulldogs — he truly “bled purple” for them. He also loved donating time planning the Mariah’s Challenge basketball tournament.
Another great passion of his life was his yard. His grass was cut in diagonal squares, weeds didn’t grow within a one-block radius, and he treated his yard ornaments as if they were all his little best friends.
Mark loved to love — people, friends, cars, and music, he loved them all. Mark never liked anyone — if he knew you, he loved you.
But, of all of his many loves, his son, J.D., was and will remain his biggest love and accomplishment.
He was preceded in death by his parents, May and Charlie Hoffman;
sister-in-law, Debra Hoffman; uncle, Bill Hunt; and best friend, Kevin Graham.
He is survived by his wife, Pam; son, J.D. Hoffman; stepson, Brandon Williams;
brothers, Richard, John, George and David; Pam’s parents, Roger and Marilyn Schafer; sister-in-law, Laurie (Gary) Johannsen; brother-in-law, Mark (Sandy) Schafer; and nieces and nephews, Autumn Hoffman, Deeanna (Quinton) Queer, and Richard (Kristin) Hoffman. He is also survived by aunts, Shirley and Dorothy Hunt; special cousin, Tammy (Hunt) Thompson; and numerous other relatives.
In addition, Mark had many special friends — Sandy and Marrissa Thomas, Steele family, Smith family, Handyman Joe Ouellette, Mark St. Pierre, and Lonnie Schmidt. We would also like to thank the numerous friends who have offered support to the family throughout the years.
A celebration of life will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at Duggan Dolan Mortuary. Memorial services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Duggan Dolan Mortuary. Reception will follow at The Depot.
Memorials may be made to the Shriners and Mariah’s Challenge.