Mark Alexander Southard

Born: Sat., Nov. 6, 1943
Died: Sun., Feb. 25, 2018


Celebration of Life

Sat., Aug. 25, 2018
Location: Choteau Country Club


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Mark Alexander Southard
1943-2018


Mark Alexander Southard was born November 6th, 1943 in Littleton, NH.  He was the youngest of three brothers.  Mark had a love for skiing and was an accomplished ski racer by the time he was 10. His love for the outdoors continued into his adult life when he was a ski patroller during the winter and the craftsman of beautiful homes in the summer time.  He graduated from Franconia College in the spring of 1965 and welcomed his first daughter, Stephanie, the same year.  His daughter, Hannah, was born 4 years later.

Mark moved to Whitefish in 1983 where he continued to work as a ski patroller at Big Mountain and also continued his carpentry career.  In 1989, Mark became the proud owner of Alpine Touch Spices.  In 1993, Mark moved Alpine Touch to Choteau, MT, where he and his wife, Vicki, ran the business until they sold it and retired on December 31st, 2012.  

Affectionately known as “Mr. Spice”, Mark loved Choteau and was a member of the Choteau Country Club.  He and Vicki also enjoyed travelling to Laughlin, NV, Orlando FL, Deadwood, SD, Cabo San Lucas and visiting friends and family in New England.  

During the last four years, Mark and Vicki have persevered through health issues valiantly, Mark left this place surrounded by his wife and daughters February 25th, 2018, and is now joined by an army of loved ones both human and furry.  

He was preceded in death by his parents Margaret and Elmer, his brother John (w. Mary) and his grandson, Asher.  

He is survived by his wife, Vicki, her children Jeff Belway (w. Ale), Marnie Davidson (h.Troy),  his daughters Stephanie Allen (h.Vince) of Crested Butte, CO, Hannah Roque (h. Raul) of Winter Garden, FL,  brother Jim Southard (w. Sally) of Peterborough, NH.   Mark was grandfather to Elsa, Alden, Erika, Cristina, Brett, Sean and Justin.  He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Rod Larson, Seattle WA, Colin Larson (w.Linda), Victoria BC, Dave Larson (w. Piera), Cabo San Lucas and Jane Bridgett (h.Bill) Calgary, Alberta.  

Mark loved his furry family and is joining Sadie, Putter, Bunky, Woody and many others in his new home.  In lieu of flowers, Marks family requests donations be made to Bright Eyes Animal Shelter of Choteau.  

A celebration of Mark’s life will be held this summer in Choteau.  Arrangements are in the care of Gorder Jensen Funeral Home of Choteau.

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Emile Kimmet
   Posted Sun March 04, 2018
Sending prayers and sympathy. I know it is hard but keep your memories close. They do help. Mark was a real nice man, and I am glad that I knew the both of you

Jari Nydr
   Posted Thu March 08, 2018
Dear Mark,
No one can prepare you for this journey; it comes like a swift wind. However, take comfort in knowing that you now now resting in the arms of our Lord. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

You friend

Jari

Betty Furniss
   Posted Thu March 08, 2018
The Furniss Family - Betty, Steve and Robin send heartfelt condolences - Mark was a special person and we will all miss him...

Dimpy Lewis Comeau
   Posted Thu March 08, 2018
How sad to lose my dearest friend for more than 70 years. We attended school together for 12 years. Mark did not live far from me and in bicycle days we rode all over the place. I could ski but Mark was a world class skier. He also loved golf. My mother taught all of my close classmates howto jitterbug. Each of them thoroughly loved it and since we had sock hops about every week, we were not wallflowers. Mark would call me to discuss our homework. A truer friend I could not find. His wife Vicki has embraced me and I am so grateful that Mark found lasting love. With red hairy and freckles you never missed Mark in a photo. I know he also was a wonderful grandfather. They don’t make men like Mark everyday. I will always ,
Miss you Mark and am thankful for the love we shared.

Linda Steen
   Posted Thu March 08, 2018
That's a great picture of Mark, Vicki. He was so lucky to have you in his life. You had lots of happy times. Wishing you strength in the coming days.

Tom and Ginnie Stapelfeld
   Posted Thu March 08, 2018
Vicki and family,
Tom and I have known Mark since 1963, entering Franconia College. He and his first wife Chris, along with Stephy and Hannah lived not very far from us in Littleton. We would take the snowmobile through the woods to their home for parties. We kept in touch for many years, but really caught up when he was selling spices.
He will be remembered as a fun loving, skiing, jovial person and a dear friend. Vicki, I'm so glad that we have gotten to know you, even just a little from the 50th Franconia Reunion. We will keep in touch!
Love to you and the girls,
Tom and Ginnie

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