ForeverMissed

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Mark Edlin. Mark suffered a seizure at home and was taken to Boulder Community Hospital where the doctors did all they could for him. Unfortunately, he suffered multiple organ failure and passed away on the morning of April 16, 2019. We will remember him forever as our son, brother, husband, father, and friend to so many.

Mark was the kindest, most gentle soul and his loss is unbearable. He loved so deeply and his family and friends meant the world to him.  He will be remembered for his grace, heart and keen intellect. He has left this world too soon and his family and friends will take his memory and live on in joy as he would have wished. He will forever be in our hearts and minds. 

There will be a service on Monday, April 29th at 4pm at First Congregational Church, UCC 1128 Pine St, Boulder, CO 80302 to honor the life of Mark.  There will also be a Celebration of Life event the weekend of June 29-30, 2019 in Boulder, CO.  Please contact us for details.

Please consider making a donation to the Children’s Hospital of Colorado in honour of Mark’s life. Our daughter Keira has had three stays in intensive care since her birth at this hospital and Mark believed the doctors and nurses there were angels looking after his baby and making her healthy again.

http://www.childrenscoloradofoundation.org


Posted by Cristina Casasempere-Hann... on April 16, 2020
Even though today one year has passed Mark since you left this plane according to Earth time, you are always in our minds and hearts feeling your presence that thanks God lives on Earth and beyond it … thanks Mark for continuing been part of our lives for all the love and care you sow here on Earth… we love you thru eternity
Posted by Therese Edlin on May 28, 2019
I would like to share a story about Mark that expresses the essence of who he was to me. This happened several months after my husband Mike died. Mike and Mark were first cousins.  I was attending a get-together at Mark and Laura’s home and some of the guests were long time family friends from out of town. I was chatting with one of the friends along with Mark. At one point in the conversation, the gentleman asked me how I knew Mark and his family. I started to go into an explanation, but Mark simply interrupted and said, “She’s our cousin.”. It was the most loving and caring gesture. It made me feel a part of his family and eased my grief that day. I still tear up when I think about it and I will never forget it. 
Mark had an astute sensitivity and huge generous compassion for others. I still feel the gift of that love today. Thank you, Mark, for the beautiful gift of your life.
Posted by William Wilson on May 24, 2019
John and Mailand, I’ve been thinking about you and Laura and the children since I saw Mark had passed away. I can’t imagine the kind of loss you all must be feeling. I still remember Mark as I first met him in Dallas way back in 1980! What a lively, smart and beautiful kid. Hard to imagine Mark is no longer with you. Reading all of the wonderful tributes it’s clear he touched so many people in a very special way. Bill
Posted by Scott Edlin on May 11, 2019
The stories, tributes, and photos you all have left have been truly heart warming in a time of unimaginable grief. Please consider attending the Celebration of Life for Mark the weekend of June 29-30 in Boulder, CO. More details at https://www.facebook.com/events/573671649789074/
Posted by Amanda Doetsch on May 1, 2019
Selfless fortitude - those are words I think of when I remember Mark. He was a dear friend and running partner. He was kind-hearted, generous and someone you knew you could always count on. I remember when I was going through a bad time and depressed, he showed up at the crack of dawn and dragged me out for a 10-mile race that I hadn't even signed up for. It happened to be the most therapeutic run I can remember. He had endless passion for life and his determination was contagious. We ran many many miles together and he taught me from the first day that I could always go one more step, even though I didn't think I could. If he could run marathons after recovering from a shattered pelvis, I could do anything. He had no barriers. He broke through every one almost effortlessly with no excuses. He is a benchmark in my life - he will live on in our hearts and minds, and with every extra running step I take. My heart breaks for a beautiful life lost too early. My love and healing energy are with your family.
Posted by David Cramer on April 29, 2019
Gear Management - how many people haven’t lost a glove, a pole, a phone, because Mark always preached gear management. Thanks Mark for being such a wise teacher in the backcountry. I’ll alway be thinking of you when I’m out there. Miss ya Mark!
Posted by Kristin Hochstein on April 29, 2019
Mark was such a dear friend to Aaron, and I feel fortunate that I got to know him (and Laura) since moving out to Colorado. I think back to the last time I saw Mark and the fun we all had during the Wyoming camping trip to see the Eclipse. I will always remember Mark's loving, joyous spirit - so full of life. My deepest sympathies to Laura and the entire family and many friends and others whose lives he touched. A huge loss for the world.
Posted by Cristina Casasempere-Hann... on April 29, 2019
Mark was not only a great friend of our son Christian but also of our son Andrew and grandaughter Erika. He was also like a son to us, in the same way that we know that Christian and Andrew are to John and Mailand ... thanks with all our heart and soul.

Mark blessed so much our lives with his loving, kind, caring and sweet Presence, as well as he enriched it with his a great sense of humour and a sharp and highly developed mind. When he was Christian’s roommate at the University of Colorado in Boulder, among many other things, we greatly enjoyed the full collection of taped videos he had of all the episodes of Stars Wars that he liked so much and also us.

Thanks Laura for sharing with us your home with Mark to celebrate Mother’s day in May 2017 during our trip from Chile for Erika’ s graduation. It was so beautiful to share with Mark and his most beloved ones: you Laura, Rowland, Kiera, John, Mailand and Scott. May God give you and everyone the strength to carry on with your lives and continue to enjoy them in memory of Mark because we are sure that this is what his soul most desires.

Thanks Mark for being such a an important part of our lives. Have a great and beautiful transition back to the Light and Love from where you came and see you again in eternity.

Thanks ... thanks ... thanks ...
Adolfo & Cristina
Posted by Jamie Peay on April 29, 2019
Mark was a really great guy, and an old family friend. He was very much loved by me and mine. He will be missed by us all. My condolences to all his family and closest friends. May he rest in peace.
Posted by Caroline Dartnell on April 28, 2019
What an incredibly sad loss, my heartfelt thoughts go out to Laura & family. I just can’t wrap my head around this passing. I had the pleasure of working with Mark at Whitewave, we were in different departments but made a genuine friendship over our passion for health through food and ferment. I feel that Mark was one of the most passionate and talented humans to pass though my life. His love for his family ran deeply through his bones, and his bond with his family is soul rooted. He beamed with love for each of his babies and beautiful bride, every day. Mark had an incredibly big heart, and all were attracted to his genuine zest for life and adventures nature. He truly became a great friend, and he will be missed. I’ll be brewing up a batch of beet kavas in his honor, and a winning team photo will be staying up at my desk for years to come. So much love to all who are affected, please reach out if I can help ease the pain in any way.
Posted by Jenness Meyers on April 27, 2019
Laura and Edlin family my deepest heartfelt condolences. I’m lifting you all in prayers now. There was a season where this big loving heart, Mark, was the brother I never had. Life changes happened and we lost touch but I will never forget him. It feels like just yesterday that he was getting all giddy about you Laura, sharing what if’s and maybes about his future. I’m so happy you both found each other. I’m praying a special prayer over you Laura and your precious babies. As for his brothers, his parents, Mailand and Doc, I pray special memories will surface and help carry you through this season of grief and move you to a place of comfort and peace. I’m heartbroken for you all. I pray peace and comfort to rest upon your hearts as you celebrate his life and the awesome memories you had together. Love to you all.
Posted by Diane Toma on April 24, 2019
I am so sad just searching for words of comfort to share I love the Edlin family. You are all kind, adventurous, Loving and unique. I pray that Mark's gentleness and kindness lives on in all of us and that Mark's family can find peace with his loss. You are a beautiful family. Rest in Peace Mark.
Posted by Katie Wegner on April 24, 2019
Laura,
As I was looking for photos to post, I had to smile remembering all of the great adventures I shared with Mark. He is one of the primary people in my life I credit with igniting my love for adventure. I'll never forget taking Mark's "mountaineering course" with all of his Freedom of the Hills reading assignments, meeting up at the park near his condo to learn about tying ropes and practicing glissading on St. Mary's glacier. Thanks to Mark I experienced winter camping (the one and only time I did that!) and nearly got blown off Rainier :) He brought a lot of joy to my life and I will miss him dearly. He was a patient teacher, a caring friend, a loving father, a wonderful husband, and quite simply, an amazing human being who was taken from us too soon. I feel lucky to have known him and will hold on to the memories of the amazing adventures we shared. Please know that I love you and am here to support you in any way that I can.
Posted by Sheri White on April 24, 2019
I grew up with Mark in Dallas at Central Congregational Church so so many years ago. I am so saddened to hear of his way too soon passing. My heart goes out to his family and friends.
Posted by Amy Piatt on April 24, 2019
Mailand & John,
I just saw this and shared it with Christian. Our hearts break for you. Want a terrible shock and tragic loss. Know that we are sending our love and holding you in the light.
Amy & Christian Piatt
Posted by Timothy Doyle on April 23, 2019
I’ve never met Mark, but have heard his father talk about him proudly for years. To his immediate family...despite the great loss of your husband, father or son; we know that God has assigned him to watch over you throughout your entire lives. You have been blessed with a guardian angel. Words may not suffice to express the heartfelt sorrow that i feel as a result of Marks passing. Let the lord bring you much needed peace during this sad time. A beautiful soul, full of love ascended to heaven, away from us, but closer to God. If he can’t be with us; he is certainly in the best place in the universe. My sincere condolences.
Posted by Susana Lopez on April 23, 2019
Dear Laura, I am so sorry for your loss. My husband (Mark) and I were shocked to hear the news. Our son Ian goes to school with your son Rowan, and frequently Rowan has sat with Mark and Ian in the morning to do some "jobs" together. Rowan is such a sweet, smart, and caring boy, we want to offer you our support with whatever you may need. You and the rest of your family are in our thoughts.
Posted by Amy Schumann on April 23, 2019
Laura, I am so sorry. My heart is just broken for you and I wish I could do something to help with your pain. Take care of yourself and those babies. xo, Amy
Posted by Sarah Garcia-Smith on April 23, 2019
Dear Laura,
I am deeply saddened to hear of your, your children's, and your family's incomprehensible loss. Words are inadequate at this time, but I have to let you know that you have been and will continue to be in my thoughts.
Wishing you strength and hope.
Sarah
Posted by Gloria Brisson on April 23, 2019
Laura and Family: I am heartbroken for you and your loss. I didn’t know Mark, but anyone who captured your heart in love, must have been one special man! There are no words to express how sad I feel for you all during this time. I am holding you up in my continuous thoughts and prayers for strength and comfort during the coming days.
Posted by Jill Russell on April 22, 2019
John, Mailand, Scott and the Edlin family- We are so sorry to hear this awful news of Mark. Our hearts are with you and hope for strength as you face the days ahead! Bless you all, may you find strength in being surrounded by love!!!
The Achten and Russell family!
Posted by Brittany Konsella on April 22, 2019
I only met Mark once, through Scott. But Scott's stories of Mark were bountiful and lively. It's clear that Mark has made a huge impact on many lives. My deepest condolences to the Edlin family for his passing. May he continue to live on in stories and memories!
Posted by Ashley Lester on April 22, 2019
Thinking about Mark's family during this time. A few memories just keep popping back including the photo group that Mark started with a few of us"aspiring" photographers. He really knew how to bring people together, share tips of the trade and support each other in our hobbies. I look at those times fondly. I also think back to times we've had dinner at Mark and Laura's and mark would have spent the day slow cooking something delicious (those beans!) or making something yummy on the smoker. He set the bar high for some delicious food! Wonderful memories of you, Mark. You sure will be missed.
Posted by Cherie Nichols on April 22, 2019
I am terribly shocked and saddened by this. Mark went with me to my prom my Senior year in high school. We were friends and co-workers at Miller’s Outpost. My prayers are with your family and friends.

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Posted by Cristina Casasempere-Hann... on April 16, 2020
Even though today one year has passed Mark since you left this plane according to Earth time, you are always in our minds and hearts feeling your presence that thanks God lives on Earth and beyond it … thanks Mark for continuing been part of our lives for all the love and care you sow here on Earth… we love you thru eternity
Posted by Therese Edlin on May 28, 2019
I would like to share a story about Mark that expresses the essence of who he was to me. This happened several months after my husband Mike died. Mike and Mark were first cousins.  I was attending a get-together at Mark and Laura’s home and some of the guests were long time family friends from out of town. I was chatting with one of the friends along with Mark. At one point in the conversation, the gentleman asked me how I knew Mark and his family. I started to go into an explanation, but Mark simply interrupted and said, “She’s our cousin.”. It was the most loving and caring gesture. It made me feel a part of his family and eased my grief that day. I still tear up when I think about it and I will never forget it. 
Mark had an astute sensitivity and huge generous compassion for others. I still feel the gift of that love today. Thank you, Mark, for the beautiful gift of your life.
Posted by William Wilson on May 24, 2019
John and Mailand, I’ve been thinking about you and Laura and the children since I saw Mark had passed away. I can’t imagine the kind of loss you all must be feeling. I still remember Mark as I first met him in Dallas way back in 1980! What a lively, smart and beautiful kid. Hard to imagine Mark is no longer with you. Reading all of the wonderful tributes it’s clear he touched so many people in a very special way. Bill
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A Year...

Shared by Shannon Gaither on April 16, 2020
It's been a year? How could that be? I can still hear your voice. I can still hear that chuckle that only you had. I love it when you visit my dreams because I know it means you're checking in and letting me know you're okay but it was especially significant last night. You knew that I have been dreading this day. I know, I'm not supposed to focus on this day but appreciate the years, the laughs and the tough talks we shared but this year it's impossible not to take stock. 365 days and I have thought of you every single one. You left so many of us wanting more time with you. Your children are incredible, what a beautiful legacy. You were always a pretty good judge of character but when you chose Laura, that was your finest work my friend. I will forever be grateful for our friendship and will I keep you in my heart for all of time.

My Tribute to Mark at His Memorial Service, April 29

Shared by Adam Jochelson on May 1, 2019

Where do I begin?

When I was asked to speak today, so many stories came into my head. Mark and I did so many amazing things together. And a lot of really stupid things, too.

I could tell any number of them, but many of them would just shed light on what Mark means to me. I wanted to share something that would exemplify what Mark means to all of us.

So I tried to think about all the people who would call Mark their best friend—the list is very long. At least half-a-dozen right here today. And I know there’s more. In fact, Mark is best friend to more people than any other person I know. So, I picked a story that might explain how that can be. Here it is.

I used to think that my greatest failure as a math tutor was that I could never get Mark to really believe in calculus. I mean its about infinity—pretty hard to wrap your head around.

It might sound odd, but Mark and I are both pretty nerdy, and we talk about a calculus pretty regularly. It eventually became kind of a ritual for him. “Tell me about The Calculus, again,” he would say. Like he was requesting a bed-time story.

So, I would tell him: “Once upon a time, there was a guy named Isaac Newton. And more than anything in the world, he really wanted to analyze planetary motion. He searched high and low for the scientific tools, but the math of his day just couldn’t help him. So he invented his own, and he called it The Calculus.” (They eventually dropped the “The”, kind of like Facebook, but that doesn’t really matter) But anyway, Mark would always stop me when I got the part about letting numbers go off to infinity. He refused to believe in that part. I tried so many different ways to explain, but he wouldn’t take it. It was so friggin’ frustrating.

But then I figured out what he was really doing. I honestly think he really believed all along, but Mark knew something about me—he knew it made me feel special to teach. And so he asked—so I would feel special. 

Mark was right—teaching is my favorite thing to do. I’m really good at it; I consider it my most valuable skill; it’s something I’m very proud of. Mark has an innate ability to know that about people. He can quickly figure out what you’re best at and steer the focus to that very thing. He has a knack for making you feel special. Because of that, it’s almost inevitable that if you spent enough time with Mark, he would become your best friend. I know it’s happened to many of you in this room. Some very quickly—some over time. It happened to me about 10 years after I met him.

So, Mark and his family moved in across the street from us when I was about 10. He and his two brothers were about the same age as me and my two. David and Mark were only a week apart in age, and they became best friends almost immediately. I was close friends with Scott, and honestly I really didn’t know Mark all that well through most of high school, but that changed during and after college. We started spending more time together. And as has happened to many of you, he naturally became my best friend.

I’d bet many of you are now remembering when Mark became your best friend. I know I’m not the only one—and that’s ok. The best part about it all is that there’s no need for any of us to be jealous, because Mark’s heart was so big he had enough love to be a best friend to so many. It’s almost as though he had an infinite capacity for love—ironic considering what he thought about infinity in calculus.

But, being your best friend was Mark’s favorite thing to do. And he was great at it—it’s hard to find a more dedicated best friend. Those of you who have experienced it should count yourself lucky. I know I do. Thinking about that, I am most sorry for the two little ones who will never have the chance to know what it means to have their dad as their best friend.

As we gather today to say goodbye to my best friend, your best friend, our best friend—a guy that was like a brother to so many in this room and beyond—I cannot find the words to express how much will be missing from my life now that he’s no longer in it. Several times each day, a memory flows into my head of something we did together that we’ll never do again. And it kills me. I don’t know when that’s gonna stop—maybe never.

But one thing is certain, there will never be another person like Mark in my life.

A True Friend

Shared by Sam Burgess on April 28, 2019

Mark was a true friend.  He is the reason I moved out to Colorado in the first place.  He offered me a place to live with him in Boulder after I had lost my job in Dallas after 9/11, and I happily took him up on that offer.  We lived inthat apartment together for a year, and I eventually ended up moving back in with him when he bought his house on Martin acres.  Countless memories, countless conversations, countless adventures together and shared beers.  This photo is of us on top of South Boulder peak the day after I moved to Boulder to live with him.  The first of many miserable hikes he would persist in dragging me on.  I loved him very much, and will miss the living heck out of his contagious smile and chuckle.  Rest In Peace sweet friend.  I only wish I could have told you I love you one more time.