Mark was a long time Celo
member who even after moving away from San Diego continued to
support and ride with the club.
Most recently Mark joined club members on the local New
Years Day century. Mark
was active in the club serving on the board, bringing in new
sponsors, and because of his generous spirit he always attracted
new members. In addition to local Road, Mt. Bike and Cyclo-cross
events, Mark represented the club at World Cup Mt. Bike races
and Cyclo-cross Nationals.
Mark joined the club after
he moved to San Diego from Texas.
Celo was almost exclusively a road club at the time but
his enthusiasm for mountain biking would change that.
With encouragement from Mark, the clubs representation at
local Mt. Bike races jumped. While serving on the board he was instrumental in changing
the reimbursement policy to include all USA Cycling events
including Mt. Biking. Mark
discovered Cyclo-cross and soon had a handful of members joining
him at the local races. Since
then others who love cross have joined the club to the point
that Celo is the dominant Cross club in Southern California.
As competitive and driven as
Mark was on race day, he was generous the rest of the time.
It was not at all uncommon to see him helping someone
out, on or off the bike. His
entire adult life Mark gave away as many bikes as he could
afford to needy children at Christmas time.
While a Celo member, he did so in the clubs name even
though the majority of the time and money to do so was his own.
Mark was very close to his parents who live in St. Joseph
Mo. He gained his love of 2-wheel sports from his days of racing
motor-cross with his Dad.
He moved to Orange County to
take a position at OMS Sports, where he worked as a sports agent
representing motor-cross riders.
He loved the job and was very thankful for the
allowed him to combine his first sporting love with his sales
and marketing experience gained over the years.
asked how are you doing, Mark would always say with a big smile
ďIím always happy when Iím with my friendsĒ.
The truth is we were always happier when we were with
him. We will miss him.