Mark Joseph Messer


Mark Joseph Messer, 47, known by his girls as “Mark the Shark” or “Marky Jo,” passed away July 25, 2018, doing what he loved, making memories with his family at one of his favorite places on earth.

Mark made his grand entrance into Cedar City, Utah on February 5, 1971.  Mark is the son of Richard Hamilton Messer and Joyce Emily Crabtree. He grew up on the motocross tracks and football fields of Cedar City, Utah. After he returned home from his LDS mission in San Bernardino, Calif., he attended Southern Utah University. It was at SUU that he met the love of his life Amanda Catherine Burton. After extensive courting by Mark, they married in the St. George Utah Temple on September 12, 1992.

Mark is fearless in every aspect of life and continues to be in his new calling on the other side of the veil. He built his business, Timberline Cabinet Doors, from the ground up and believes a combination of hard work and faith can take you further in life than anything else. He was willing to take risks but would never compromise his integrity. Mark’s word is his bond. He describes his job at Timberline as “The Best Job in the World.” Through his ownership of Timberline he has donated his excess wood to the Happy Factory and blessed impoverished children around the world.

Not only does he feel like he won the lottery when it comes to his profession but he also feels the same when it comes to his five girls, his four beautiful daughters and his loving wife. He always says “Why have sons when I can have daughters like mine?” His daughters Makenzie (Brad) Bishop (23), Brooklyn (19), Jacey (15), and Miley (10) will continue to carry Mark’s legacy of living every day to the fullest and serving others as our Savior did. He has created invaluable opportunities that will carry his family spiritually and physically as they continue to journey through this life.

After his family Mark had another great love. This is a love for adventure. Mark worked hard so he could play even harder. He pushed himself and everyone around him to be better. As he said when he was 10 years old, “When I ski, I really ski!” This could be said for everything he did including: cycling, snowmobiling, bungee jumping, wakeboarding, surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, repelling, mountain biking, snowboarding, four-wheeling, rock crawling, snow skiing, slalom skiing, trials motorcycling, camping, hiking, traveling, and he played a mean game of Spoons. His motto has always been “Go big or go home.”

Mark is truly converted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and has a deep love for his Savior. His temple attendance, missionary work, and commitment to scripture study is an example to friends, family, and all those around him. He served in many capacities in the Young Men’s, and as an Elders Quorum President, Gospel Doctrine teacher, Bishopric member, High Counselor, and he loved being a Home Teacher (Ministering). What Mark did as a Home Teacher is what President Nelson has called all members everywhere to do. Mark is a man of great faith and love for others.

Mark loved his country. He served proudly in the 222nd National Guard Battalion for four years.

Mornings were Mark’s favorite time of day, he said “this was when the lake water was smooth, the biking roads were clear, the winds were calm, and the Spirit was the strongest”.

He is survived by his wife Amanda, his parents, his four daughters, his siblings: Scott (Marcie) Messer, Michelle (Chuck) Taylor, Lori (Mark) Medley, Steven (Roberta) Messer, Jeff (Michael) Messer, and Brett (Hillary) Messer.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday July 31, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Cedar North Stake Center (95 N 2125 West, Cedar City, UT). Viewings were on Monday July 30, 2018 from 6–8 p.m. at Southern Utah Mortuary (190 N 300 West, Cedar City), and on Tuesday July 31, 2018 from 9:30–10:30 a.m. at the Cedar North Stake Center. Interment was in Cedar City Cemetery, under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be sent at www.sumortuary.com.

 

 

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