Mark A. McCormick
Mark A. McCormick, a resident of Spring Green for the last 12 years, died of cancer on January 16, 2018, with his wife of 44 years and his step-daughter at his bedside.
He was born July 16, 1942, in Madison, to Harold A. and Esther (Burke) McCormick. He attended Marquette, St. Bernard’s and Lowell elementary and middle schools. An avid Boy Scout, he attained 27 merit badges.
He attended East and Edgewood High Schools, as well as Premontre High School in Green Bay. He played hockey for East High and graduated with honors from both East and Edgewood simultaneously in 1960. After one year of college, he was drafted into the U.S. Army.
He rose quickly to the rank of sergeant and was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division. After attending ranger school, he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC. He returned to UW-Madison after release from active military service where he earned a BA degree and worked part-time for the U.S. Postal Service. He met his wife, Jan, and they married in 1973.
Shortly thereafter he began a career in sales and marketing as a representative for L.M. Berry & Co., and subsequently was voted outstanding salesperson in the Midwest in Yellow Page advertising. Mark also began working for the Proctor & Gamble paper products division while still in Madison.
The most memorable feature of Mark’s Madison life was a 1000 sq. ft. raft that he built on Starkweather Creek behind his childhood home and floated down to Lake Monona to cruise for several summers. The raft was supported by 70 42-gallon oil drums, propelled by three outboard motors that never all worked at once, and sported two diving boards. The name of this craft was “After You,” which led anyone who asked to believe that Mark had named the raft after them. It was the venue for evening banquets featuring live piano music and Jan’s gourmet food, as well as for countless lazy summer days on the water. In 1977, at the end of the raft’s last summer on the lake, it hosted the UW football team.
Mark continued his career with Proctor & Gamble after the couple moved to the Washington, DC area, and then to Chicago, IL. In the mid-1980s he went into property management, real estate, publishing and insurance in Illinois.
In the mid-1990s he worked for the City of Chicago, including the departments of streets, electricity, and human services. His favorite job was driving the emergency medical vehicle that served the homeless population on the streets of Chicago.
Mark and Jan retired to Wisconsin to enjoy fresh air on the Wisconsin River and UW football. Mark is survived by his beloved wife, Jan; his stepdaughter, Christen Adams and her children Malisa and Zachary Aaroen, all of WI; his sister, Ann de Bearn , of Gainesville, VA; a great-granddaughter; nine nieces and nephews and more than 100 cousins.
A celebration of Mark A. McCormick’s life will be held on January 27, 2018, from 1:00 to 5:00 o’clock at the Madison Elks Lodge, 711 Jenifer St., Madison, WI 53703. The lodge is located on the shore of Lake Monona, where Mark and his family and friends spent so many happy days aboard the raft.
Inurnment will be held at the Resurrection Cemetery in Madison at a later date. Memorials in his name may be made to the Spring Green food pantry, the Goodman Community Center food pantry, or a charity of your choice. Just remember that yesterday is history, that tomorrow is a mystery, and that life today is a gift. This is why we always called it the present. Love you all, and good-bye. Online condolences available at www.staffordfuneralhomes.com. The Richardson-Stafford Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.
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