- 58 years old
- Date of birth: Jan 14, 1956
- Date of passing: Jan 9, 2015
|Let the memory of Mark be with us forever|
This memorial website was created in loving memory of Mark Traber Wagner. He will be forever missed.
Mark was born on January 14, 1956 in Spokane Washington to William Joseph and Winifred Theresa Wagner. He was the youngest of seven children and born on his sister's eleventh birthday. Shortly after his birth the Wagner's moved to Riverside, California whe he attended St. Thomas Elementary, Notre Dame High School, and Humboldt State University.
Mark loved the outdoors, running Mt. Rubidoux, fishing and camping with his children and grandkids and more recently, contemplating the stars at his cabin in Joshua Tree. Mark was usually the life of the party and always the first to crack a joke or start a party off with a rousing cheer. He would be the first person to tell you, "I'm a nice guy and people like me!"
Mark is survived by his beloved wife of 38 years Mary, adored children Kevin and Regina, and cherished granddaughters Tess and Norah. He leaves behind an extensive extended family and it is our hope that everyone will share a story or memory and lots of pictures.
"Gone too soon," does not begin to describe the loss we all have in our hearts and lives. He will be greatly missed!
To Mark, hip, hip...
"summer of 1970. joe was 18 and i was 17 and mark was 14. that summer once a week we would goes the beach. either newport or corona de mar. we would go in that green vw. with a 4 track tape player. with just 2 tape. we 5 and ccr.. this was before anyone drank. just smoking and cussing looking at the calfornia girls. having a good time. the summer came to end. joe went into the air force. i went in my last year of high school. mark was about to meet mary. as jim said they were happy times. thanks joe and mark."
"I was a childhood friend of Mark and his brother George. We grew up together on Wheeler St. in Riverside. Those were the best of times. Thank you Mark for the memories of Haze lazy days of summer full of pranks, jokes, water balloon fights, and laughter every day."
"We all continue to miss Mark. He will always be a part of our family, our life, and our memories. Wishing peace and comfort to his immediate family, we share your love, sorrow, and constant thoughts of a man who made us all smile."
"from a friend of mark & mary. Bryan Allen " And He will raise you up on eagle's wings, bear you on the breath of dawn.. make you to shine like the sun, and hold you in the palm of His hand." God Speed Mark - you were a runner, and now whenever we feel a calming breeze while out for a jog, we can know that you are running along side us - keeping us safe. thanks bryan for letting me copy this."
"He is loved and missed.
His youngest sister"
"Because I left home when Mark was only seven years old, I missed a lot of his growing up. Fortunately I did move back to Riverside and got to know him as an adult and husband and father. He was so happy in those roles and he did a wonderful job that made his family extremely proud of him.
I know that from a young age what he really wanted was a family. He was always happy to play with my daughters and wheni remember he was about 15, he used to pretend that they were his. If he went out with us, he would insist on pushing the stroller and throw his arm around me so people would think we were the parents.
I was out of state and couldn't make it back when he and Mary got married. I know that mom wanted him to wait until until he was 21, which was January 14, 1977 and they wed on January 15th. It was the best thing that he ever did. He Mary were perfect for each other and I know that he was very happy.
He and Mary hosted countless family gatherings, for both the Verweil and Wagner families. He did this with an energy and joy that was humbling to watch. I know that our parents were impressed with how hard he and Mary both worked, the beautiful homes they made, and the lovely children they raised.
It is incomprehensible to me that he is gone so soon.
I would greatly appreciate being able to add to my memories of him and so would dearly love if his friends would share some stories about him.
Mark's prettiest sister"
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