his Life

Mark’s Brief Life Story

Mark was born on August 31, 1933 in Allensville, PA to Archie and Lizzie Mae King - the second youngest of 9 children. He became the first in his immediate family to attend and graduate from Penn State University in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science in Education.  He continued on to obtain his Master of Education in Elementary Education in 1970. He married Carrie Irene Peachey in 1959 then started a family and moved to Centre County.  Raising their new family there he worked for the State College School District in Lemont and then Houserville Elementary Schools until he retired in 1996 after 36 years of teaching.  

He shared his passions with all of us in different ways:  leading choruses in Centre, Mifflin and Union counties, singing in the State College Chorale Society, birdwatching, gardening, genealogy, amateur wine enthusiast, grading papers at The Corner Room and virtually anything musical.  His loves were varied and found a home in the hearts of each and every one who knew and loved him in different ways.

Those fortunate enough to have known Mark understood that his life - at its core - was dedicated to others.  Whether it was his family, his community, his friends or his church he never let an opportunity to help others go to waste.  Please join us in celebrating his life here by sharing your personal memories, stories, pictures and anecdotes.