LIMA — Mark Alan Thompson, 64, passed away June 27, 2014, at 3 p.m., in his home surrounded by his loving family and friends. Mark was born Dec. 29, 1949, in Lima, to Robert and Mary Alice (Porter) Thompson. His father preceded him in death when he was six years old and his mother survives in Lima. His father figures were his Uncle Harry Whetsel and Thomas Moyer, who have also preceded him in death. On April 27, 1973, he married Fran Moyer, who survives in Lima.

Mark was a gentle giant who touched the hearts of many. He was devoted in faith, family, and relationships. Mark’s passion was mentoring youth and making a difference. Mark’s mentoring began in his careers at Brookhill Center and Marimor. Mark retired from Marimor to join his wife Fran, working together in their Longaberger business for 14 years. He then went on to Paulding Elementary, where he taught for two years, before becoming principal at St. Rose Catholic Elementary School in 2013.

Mark was a sports fanatic and coached basketball throughout life, being the head coach at St. Gerard and St. Charles, the freshman coach at Elida, the assistant coach at Lima Central Catholic and the head coach at Paulding and Hardin Northern. He was a member and past president of Rotary International. He was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church where he was a longtime tenor in the St. Charles quartet. Mark enjoyed music, theater, and traveling.

Survivors include his two sons, Shea (Andrea) Thompson, of Pickerington, and Seth Gerard Thompson of Los Angeles, California; two brothers, Todd (Cindy) Thompson, of Findlay, and Dennis (Janna) Thompson, of Lima; his sister, Donna (Greg) Wannemacher, of Lima; and his three grandchildren, Olivia, Jonah and Noah.

A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m., on Tuesday, July 1, at St. Gerard Catholic Church, Lima. Entombment will follow in Gethsemani Cemetery Mausoleum. Friends may call Monday, June 30, from 2 to 8 p.m., at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Shawnee Chapel.

In lieu of flowers and personal gifts, the family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to an educational fund for Catholic education in Lima for St. Charles, St. Gerard and St. Rose Catholic Schools; or St. Rita’s Hospice.

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