Mark Peter Karamesines, 60, died at 8:44 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, 2016, at Four Corners Regional Care Center of respiratory failure following a series of illnesses.
Mark was born in Tampa, FL on December 19, 1955, the fourth child, second son, of Georgia Ruth (Humphries) and Peter Demetrios Karamesines.
He entered the world with vibrant native intelligence and a kind and sensitive soul. His sister Marcia speaks for many of us who knew and loved him when she describes him as having “strength, determination, abundant selfless love, persistence in the face of doubt, long suffering and endurance, joy in the beauty all around him, kindness to those who served him and to those he served, brilliance in his ability to problem solve, gentleness, and meekness in his own abilities.”
Mark’s father Peter served in the Air Force, so growing up, Mark moved with the family often, living in California, Louisiana, Indiana, Alaska, Texas, and Minnesota. He attended college briefly at Purdue University and Brigham Young University.
Around 1979, he moved to Utah, where he got a job at Parish Chemical Company as a night guard.
His carefulness, focus, capacity for understanding chemical processes, and vision helped him become the company’s plant manager.
When fire broke out in the building in 2002, Mark found innovative ways to keep the company operating and was instrumental in helping it survive.
In 1998, Mark met his wife-to-be Patricia Ellen (Gunter) Karamesines in Provo, UT.
Mark’s insight, tender-heartedness, affection for Patricia’s ’67 Plymouth Belvedere station wagon, and eloquence got her attention, then won her affections.
Mark and Patricia were married in the Provo Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on March 18, 1989. Patricia says of Mark, “Mark was a revelation that will continue to open the world to me.”
Not only were they husband and wife but best friends. He supported her in her writing projects and was her companion in many remarkable adventures. She is deeply grateful to have been part of this extraordinary man’s life.
Mark is preceded in death by his mother, Georgia, and his brother, Christopher.
Mark is survived by his wife Patricia; children Saul, Mattea, and Valentina; father Peter; and sisters Carin, Marcia (Kent), Leslie (Steve), Susan (Otto).
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 21, beginning at 11:00 a.m. MDT, at the Blanding Arts and Events Center in Blanding, UT.
If you are from out of town and wish to attend the service, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for directions.
Condolences may be sent to 1798 E. Browns Canyon Road, Blanding, Utah, 84511 or left on Mark’s Facebook page.
Special thanks to Amanda and Danny Palmer of San Juan Mortuary for their kindness and care during our time of loss.
Also to the Four Corners Regional Care Center, San Juan Hospital in Monticello, San Juan Counseling Center, Blue Mountain Hospital, and the University of Utah Hospital for the attention, expertise, and support they provided Mark over the last six years.