Mark Swegman Hoover

Mark Swegman Hoover

Mark Swegman Hoover, 74, of Middleton, passed away on April 7, 2017 , after a long battle with depression. A service for friends and family will be held at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Dr., Madison at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 29. A visitation will be held an hour prior at 10:00 am.

Mark was born in Madison, WI, on October 23, 1942, to Eugenie and Kenneth Hoover. He graduated from Wisconsin High School in 1960 and married his high school sweetheart, Kathleen Allegar, on August 11, 1962. Mark graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business and worked for the State of Wisconsin for 34 years. Mark and Kathleen then moved from Madison to New York City to continue their work together in the non-profit sector, government, and international consulting before returning to the Madison area in 2011. Mark was dedicated to public service, public policy reform, and social justice.

A lifelong learner, Mark was widely-read and traveled the world. He took pride in his Native American heritage as a member of the Kansas-Delaware Tribe. His extensive interests included painting, singing in the church choir, and attending classical music concerts. He was also an enthusiastic Packers and Badgers fan, as well as an avid supporter of the women’s volleyball and hockey programs. He and Kathleen embraced an active lifestyle that included participation in triathlons in their younger years and, more recently, long walks in the Arboretum and local nature conservancies. They also loved cooking vegetarian meals together for family and friends. Mark was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife Kathleen Hoover, son Daniel Hoover (Aeron Adams), daughter Shannon McCoven (Patti McCoven), grandchildren Bailey, Brianna, and Madeline, and brother Paul Hoover.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made to the Dane County Humane Society or Wisconsin Public Radio. Online condolences may be made at