November 20, 1984 ~ August 20, 2004
On August 20th, 2004, Mark Anthony Garcia went to eternal rest after a graceful and admirable fight with cancer. He is survived by his mother, Clemencia, brother, Robert, sisters; Melissa, Lisa, Izita and Gina, the Prado family; Pam, Sara, Hayde and Roland, and everyone at MACC, his cat Boob Sweat and all those who had the pleasure of meeting him. We all love you Marky. Your smile will be missed, baby boy. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mark's name may be sent to the Mexican American Cultural Center, 3115 W. Ashby, San Antonio, Tx. 78228
All of my love goes to you all. Mark will always be with me for he lives in my heart.
To everything thee is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. Bible: Hebrew Ecclesiastes 3:1
Tall and gentle, sweet and kind, that is the Mark that lives in my mind. A FIGHT UNTIL THE END NOT LOST BUT WON. For you see he lives now in heaven sitting at Jesus’ feet in perfect peace. A boy I met long ago now an angel forever touching our souls. His memory will live for evermore every time I go thru a door. Goodbye for now sweet Mark. I will see you in heaven when I pass thru the gates. All of my love, Kristy
THERE ARE MANY FORMS OF POETRY MANY WAYS TO SPEAK WORDS BUT THE ONES THAT I CHERISH ARE DIRECTLY FROM YOUR HEART THE WORDLESS SMILES AND GESTURES THE GENTLENESS OF YOUR EYES THE SOFT EMBRACE AND GENTLE TOUCHES AS YOU SAID YOUR HELLO’S AND GOODBYE’S WHEN YOU WOULD SEE ME YOU WOULD SAY I HAVE TO GIVE YOU A HUG AND WITH OPEN ARMS YOU WOULD WALK MY WAY AS YOU WOULD STOOP TO GIVE ME A HUG I’D KISS THE SIDE OF YOUR NECK IT SEEMS IT WAS THE ONLY PLACE I COULD REACH BEFORE YOU WOULD STEP BACK AS I STAND AND GAZE BEHIND EARTH’S GLASS DOOR I SEE YOU JOYOUSLY WALKING AS THE SEEDS OF KINDNESS SOWN NOW AS FLOWERS LINE THE PATH FROM EARTH TO HEAVENS DOOR THEY RISE UP TO GREET YOU WITH A FRAGRANCE OF THEIR OWN GO AHEAD ENJOY THE FLOWERS THEY ARE LABOURS OF YOUR LOVE AND KNOW THAT I SALUTE YOU FOR THE GREAT JOB DONE ON EARTH ONCE AGAIN I CAN NOT REACH YOU FOR THIS TIME YOU ARE STANDING TALL IN THE PRESENCE OF MY JESUS TO WHOM YOUR SPIRIT AND SOUL BELONG THERE ARE STILL SO MANY PEOPLE WHO DON’T KNOW ABOUT GOD’S LOVE SO I WILL KEEP ON SHARING JESUS UNTIL MY TIME ON EARTH IS DONE WHEN I TOO WILL BE STANDING IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD’S SON UNTILTHEN I WILL SEND KISSES ON THE WINGS OF ANGELS ONE BY ONE Love Ms. Prado
We always thought Mark was a breath of fresh air. We will remember Mark as one of the nicest people we’ve ever met. Stronger than anyone should ever have to be. As a little boy he’d come to our house always with a smile. He was adorable, kind and gentle. He was intellegent and ambitious and we know he has made his family very proud. We are very proud to have shared a small part of his life and he will be an inspiration to our family forever. Love to you all, Jon and Robin
Mark’s family: I never met Mark, but I knew of him and his wonderful spirit through my sister, Olga Campos. Words cannot explain what a light he became in my life and the life of my Mother, Mary Lou Montellano. He showed me faith, grace, compassion, selflessness and to appreciate life every second of every day. Although, I never had the honor to meet this incredible and special person, he will live in my heart forever and I will be forever grateful for the amazing gifts that he bestowed upon me. May his light guide you all through this difficult time and may the knowledge that he touched so many lives and affected so many be a comfort. God bless you, now and always, Sincerely, Ida Laura Montellano-Chauvin and Mary Lou Montellano
Mark was a character…literally! I was his drama teacher at Woodlake Hills Middle School. In seventh grade he was up for the challenge to memorize Shakespear a few weeks before the show. He replaced a student who backed out of one the lead roles. BLESS HIS HEART! Mark also was one of my 8th grade Advanced Drama students. He performed in the plays, Our Gang, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, and Juvie. He also participated in several S.T.A.L.L. tournaments. Mark was vibrant, vivacious and owned a voice that would command the audience’s attention. He had an intuitive gift for characterization and exaggerated expression that poured from his face, gestures and movement. Mark was fun! He had a sense of humor advanced beyond his years. He was no one’s fool. He could see right through the bull. Mark was smart and extremely clever. He had many adoring fans; for he was someone to love and admire. Though this star has made his last appearance on this stage, his spirit will forever continue to shine, for his light cannot be dimmed. Shine, Shine! Dearest, Mark… Good Show! With Love, Betsy Schwarz-Wade
My life was enrich by this fine young man.The first day i met him is one i will remember for the rest of my life.All of us down here in Eagle Pass have him in our harts and in our prayers. -love- Victor “El Globo” Arevalo
My Brother was a very special person,he has inspired me to become a nurse or doctor so someday I can help fined a cure for cancer and if i do it will be beacuse of him. He was always there for me when I needed him and now that he has past i will never forget the times we shared together. and all the advice he gave me I will never forget and his memory will live in me forever he will be greatly missed by everyone he knew and loved and by the many people he touched. I LOVE U MARK. I WILL NEVER FORGET U!!!!
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race. I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7
We would like to smile and wish you good-bye, but we can’t… We’ve practiced, but the smile always dissolves when we think of how it will be not having you with us. We know we’re being selfish, but it just shows how important you’ve been to us and how very much we’re going to miss you. When someone as special as you leaves, our hearts are saddened. But we do wish you well, and we will say good-bye. But don’t ask us to smile, at least not yet.
My prayers go out to the family and friends of Mark. I spent my high school years with him and we shared many classes. He was there for everyone, full of laughter, much needed jokes, and the kindest words. Even when times weren’t so great or his days were a little dark, he still greeted everyone with optimism and a smile. May he no longer suffer and and may he find eternal peace. God Bless.
to Marks Family, Once i heard what happened i knew i had to share my thoughts. I am one of the blessed people in this world that had the pleasure of knowing Mark. This year i am a senior at Health Careers High School, the place that i met Mark. i first met him on my first day of school as a freshman, and to be honest i would have never made it through the year w/ out his help. I have always admired him, when he stepped into a room everyones face would light up because they knew that nothing but smiles would come in his presence. the beginning of 10th grade was hard cause i had no idea where he went. when he came back i was so happy, althought that was the same time i found out about his cancer, i was sad but could not help but be happy cause i had the pleasure of spending each day w/ him full of smiles. his last day of school i got a senior picture from him, this same picture is pinned on my wall. whenever i am sad and dont know who to turn to i know that all i have to do is look at his picture and i remember all the good times that we shared. I know for sure that his family was the world to him, he spoke of them often. i envied him for his courage to live each day to the fullest. I personally am not a strong person at heart, but whenever he would give me advice i felt like i could achieve anything, and nothing and noone could stand in my way! that is the best feeling that i have ever had in my life, and i will never forget it. I have thought about him day in a day out, he will always be in my prayers.My best wishes go out to Mark’s family, you also will be in my prayers. I hope to attend the function on Friday, and i hope to meet the wonderful people that i have heard so much about. I to have experienced the heartbreak of loosing someone to cancer, i know it is not easy, and i know that the cure to heartache is talking about all the great times that he brought to your life, dont keep your feelings bottled up inside, that is not what he would have wanted. he would have wanted the ones he loves to keep his spirit alive and well in out hearts. Mark is no longer suffering, he is in the best place in ones imagination, with GOD, just believe, and u will always be watched over by your blessed halo Mark. with all the love in my heart Naomi Rae Acevedo<3
My family and I walk with you and your family during this time of sorrow. Know that you are in our prayers.
My deepest sympathy to Mark’s family. I taught Mark for English III at Health Careers and think back on fond memories of his jokes and spontaneous joy. God bless him and those he touched.
To Mark’s Family, my prayers and thoughts are with you during this time, I recently lost a loved one and know what you must be going through. I went to Health Careers with Mark, and those short four years that I knew him, I could always count on him to make me smile and laugh, he was always there for me when I went through tough times, he was always so supportive and full of life. He will never stop smiling because now he is smiling on us all down from heaven. I will miss you Mark !!!
To Clemencia, Robert, Izita, Melissa, and Lisa: We send all of our love, and just know that you’re in our thoughts and prayers everyday. We are so happy to have known Mark even for the very short time we did. I can’t recall ever seeing him without a big smile! We love you guys. Dawn, Cesar, Allison, and Matthew Villa
Pumpkin, you have no earthly idea how much i miss you! Your beautiful smile the light in your eyes and the sarcasam in you voice. It saddens me each morning to awake to the harsh realization that you are no longer in the house. You look upon us at all times but you are not here to call me bimbillina or retarda or to roll your eyes at me at any given time. Now instead all i have is the wonderful memories and sayings you left me with poping into my head at least 100 times a day. You have opened my eyes and made me see the person that i wish to someday be. A selfless joyous person who hasn’t a care in the world. I cant help but think of you when im driving by myself of all the trips we had together and the way you used to get after me for having road rage and no patience at all. I find myself trying harder and harder each day to reach your place of peace and tranquility and gaining the strenght to help me overcome anything. Pumpkin I love you o so much and i am one of the luckiest people in the world to have known you and the luckiest to be accepted in to your family, life and home. Our two years together seem so brief but for that time i thank God and i will treasure & cherish each memory good and bad for the rest of my life. I carry you with me every minute of everyday. I am honored to have spent the last 20 days of August here at home with you and blessed that you would have me. I miss you’re Jamming out to music in Ferrah and i miss you’re little dance you would do when you were eating something that was just so delisious but most of all i miss your love (insults) honey there is so much to say but i leave you with this… I MISS YOU & I LOVE YOU LIKE MY BROTHER. THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME THE PRIVILEDGE AND THE HONOR I LOVE YOU ALWAYS, IZA
To Clem and her family. Thank you for giving me the opprotunity to have met Mark. I loved him from the first time I met him and you couldn’t help but love him. His sense of humor and his outlook on life was awesome. I thank you Clem for sharing your son with me and always being the wonderful person you are. Mark was very fortunate to have had you as a Mom. I love you all and will treasure the short time I had the privaledge of knowing Mark.
I would like to send my condolences to all the family. Even though I did not know Mark as well as some i knew that he is a great guy. I could not ask for a sweeter guy. I do wish you and all the family the best and if you need anything please feel free to call on me. I know the good Lord is with him now.
To All Those Who Knew and Loved Mark: Don’t think of him as gone away- his journey’s just begun; life holds so many facets-this earth is only one. Just think of him as resting from the sorrows and the tears in a place of warmth and comfort where there are no days and years. Think how he must be wishing that we could know, today, how nothing but our sadness can really pass away. And think of him as living in the hearts of those he touched… for nothing loved is every lost- and he was loved so much. God saw you were getting tired, and a cure was not to be. So he put his arms around you, and whispered come with me. With tearful eyes we watched you suffer, and saw you fading fast away. Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hardworking hands to rest, God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the BEST.
To Mark’s Mom and Family, You are in the thoughts and prayers of everyone at Health Careers High School. Mark touched the lives of many during his four years at HCHS. His smile and friendship meant a lot to those around him. I personally most admired Mark for his dedication for traveling across town to attend high school and for his strong convictions and beliefs he was willing to give up for no one. While his time at HCHS wasn’t always easy, he did it his way! May his spirit and joyfulness live on in those who knew him! Jackie Horras, Vice Principal HCHS
This is in concern for my two friends Melissa and Lisa and family. My sympathy goes to Melissa and Lisa’s family. if you girls ever need anything, i’m only one call away. ~~~Jennifer~~~
I am the Police Officer at Health Career’s High School and knew Mark very well. He was a character and I always enjoyed seeing what he was going to say next. I can honestly say I looked forward to seeing him on a daily bases. We will all miss him but it was great knowing him. God bless
Mark was and still is a wonderful person. He touched lives and continues to touch them. I knew Mark at school in my Freshman and Sophmore years and one thing never ceased to amaze me, the fact that he could make anyone laugh no matter what the situation was. As I sat here tonight and was informed of his passing and the tears began to fall, I realized he wouldn’t have wanted any tears to fall. There are no needs for a goodbye, because he hasn’t truly left any of us. He lives within every person he has met and with that he is remembered. He will be missed greatly and never forgotten. I wish his family and friends well and my thoughts are with all of you. Shawn Sullivan
To the Garcia Family, I want to take this moment to show my gratitude for allowing me and my firm to be involved in Mark’s final tribute. I did not know Mark, but, by reading all of these tributes online he really was a special person to alot of people. Please call on me anytime if I may be of further assistance to you or your family. Yours truly, Craig Cates Meadowlawn Park and Crematory San Antonio, Texas
To Mark’s Family, I followed Mark’s journey through my beloved Robert. I know the love in which he was embraced; I know the love he gave to you. I mourn the loss of Mark in your lives but I know that he lives on in your hearts and memories. Always, dede carter
I am so sincerly sorry for your loss. Mark was my best friend in 9th and 10th grade and sadly we lost touch. I just found out tonight and Im so brokenhearted. Having loss my own daughter I can imgaine how hard this is for you. :::Hugs::: I will always remember Mark for the incredible person he was, he taught me how to loosen up and have a good time.