Mark Irvin Everson was born in Concord, California, on December 5, 1959, and his unexpected passing took place on September 20, 2021, in Canby, Oregon.
His childhood years were spent in Saratoga, California, where he picked up a lifelong love to play guitar at age ten. When he wasn’t practicing guitar, he loved to go swimming with his three siblings. As a family, they went climbing and hiking every weekend at The Pinnacle. He mastered beautiful handwriting as a lefthanded student, a talent instilled by his mother, Kitty Moore. His father, Billy Jim Everson, enrolled him and his younger brother Eric into sailing lessons. The brothers spent many summer days sailing from sunrise to sunset at the Santa Barbara Harbor, where their father passed along a sea of knowledge.
Mark became a devoted husband and father that would thread humor and laughter into his family’s daily lives. There was never a dull moment with his supply of hobbies, including sailing, singing and playing guitar, bowling, and auto-racing in the Portland Grand Prix. He proceeded to find great pleasure in his managerial work at plastics manufacturing plants and as Owner of River City Appliances. Work quickly became a priority, and he began to build a community of colleagues, many that would become lifelong friends.
Mark had returned to Santa Barbara more regularly in his last year of life to tend to his father, who passed away in September 2020. He shared that this final visit to the beloved harbor was likely his last, as he aspired of moving to the Florida coast following retirement to be closer to his children.
He eloquently rose to the persona of being simultaneously hard-working and carefree, the quintessential California spirit. He was someone you could depend on to lift you from a heavy mood, and he would always offer a helping hand. Mark exuded a graceful and welcoming demeanor and would invite anyone to the helm with him.
He is survived by his mother Kitty Moore, a brother, Mike Mansfield, a sister, Gidget Reedy, a brother, Eric Everson, a daughter, Jennifer Everson, a son, Cameron Everson, a stepson, Jesse Unruh, a stepson Tyler, a stepson Houston, a stepson Zach, nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are being made by Riverview Abbey. In lieu of flowers, Please donate to a charity of your choice.
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