One plant says it all - Guatay
Mark A Ferguson
  • 62 years old
  • Date of birth: Nov 26, 1953
  • Place of birth:
    San Diego, California, United States
  • Date of passing: Mar 1, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    San Diego, California, United States
A mentor and friend to many, a lover and protector of the natural world, a modern day shaman and a loving and devoted life partner, son, brother, step-father, grandfather and uncle. You'll always be with us.

This memorial website celebrates the life of Mark Ferguson. Please enjoy the photos and stories and consider adding your own.

In recognition of his doctor, David Piccioni, and staff, the family requests that any donations in Mark's name go to support Fund F-1134 Brain Cancer Research at Moore’s Cancer Center. Please make checks payable to the UCSD Foundation, noting the gift is in memory of Mark A. Ferguson. Gifts can be sent to Beth Green, UCSD, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093 or by phone at 858-534-8439.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Liz Love on 15th August 2016

"Many wonderful memories of you both for the five years I worked with you at MBA. I will not forget the qualities of Mark I so admired. His knowledge and passion for native plants at the aquarium and your home. His happy smile and gentle tone. His amazing care of the animals on display. He will not be forgotten by his many friends."

This tribute was added by Jane Silberstein on 22nd May 2016

"I am so happy that Linda Martin and I were able to spend the day with Mark and Arlene this past spring - we were sorry to miss the official gathering for Mark but in retrospect I think it was better this way. It was so beautiful to see the loving way Arlene was caring for Mark - he kept his incredible positive attitude to until the very end. I will always be grateful for the many years I worked and played outdoors with Mark and Arlene at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Mark's way of sharing his unique knowledge of fish and native plants is part of me now and I will continue to freely share this others as he did so generously. We bonded over our love of native people's ways and the Shaman culture that we can learn so much from.
    He left us much too soon,
but I know he is at peace and I am very happy for knowing him.
Love and blessing to you Arlene"

This tribute was added by Martin White on 28th April 2016

"My wife and I met Mark and Arlene when they moved up to Guatay and bought the house behind us. It was always a pleasure to chat with Mark and Arlene when ever we saw them walking or driving by together. They were always with each other, and I recall my wife Sheila asking me why we aren't more like them, always doing things together. Mark was always very helpful when I asked him about the algae in my fish pond and that is when I found out about just how knowledgeable he was. Mark and Arlene were great neighbors and friends and Mark will be missed by all who knew him.

Martin & Sheila"

This tribute was added by Andy Robinson on 25th April 2016

"Mark was a truly unique person. I will never forget his love of nature and great music. We had some fantastic times together back in the day. He was one of a small group of us that used to take epic night hikes in the Cuyamacas! We had so much fun and I will remember those experiences for as long as I live. It's impossible for me to think of him without remembering some other friends, Paul Freedman and Richard Matthew, both also gone. None of us were the best at keeping in touch but I'm so glad I managed to spend some time with Mark over the last year. His sense of humor was intact up until the end, and seeing how well Arlene took care of him, and how much love for him was expressed by other friends and family and colleagues, made me happy and proud to know him all over again. A life well-lived is how I would put it. Electric fish, electronic music, visiting him "behind the scenes" at the Monterrey aquarium, camping at Split Mountain, playing pinball for hours - it was all a long time ago, but it's a part of my past I love staying in touch with. Bless you on your journey, Mark, and peace to you, Arlene, and Sue."

This tribute was added by ruth clayton on 24th April 2016


I never had the the chance to meet your wonderful husband, but it is clear that you had a wonderful life together.  I am in awe of couples who remain connected and in love for decades.  You were both blessed to have shared such a great life together.    Looking forward to seeing you at the next reunion.   Ruth Reichert Clayton"

This tribute was added by David Piccioni on 18th April 2016

"there are often so many things we don't know about someone until they are gone, though they live on in memorials like this one. I never knew about mark's jellyfish accomplishments until reading this tribute page--as someone who has been stung one too many times I would have loved to have a conversation with him! maybe he could have helped with the jellyfish phobia I've developed. My day was always brighter when I saw Mark and Arlene, and Mark's always optimistic outlook was infectious, no matter what odds he was up against. That's something we can all learn from Mark, and carry with us the rest of our lives."

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