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In loving memory of
Mark Barnes
  • August 08, 1954
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  • January 16, 2020

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Mark Steven Barnes passed away peacefully at home after battling a terminal brain disease on January 16, 2020.  Mark was born on August 8, 1954 in Kingsport, TN to Bill and Gay Barnes.


He was a graduate of New Smyrna Beach High School, Class of 1972, and received a B.S. Business degree from the University of Central Florida in 1980.  Mark had an illustrious career at Cape Canaveral as Manager of Orbiter Operations for thirty-five years working for United Space Alliance.  Mark was awarded the prestigious Space Flight Awareness Award – one of the highest honors given to a civilian working in the space industry.


Mark met the love of his life, Debbie Bobik, in 1973.  They were married for forty-one years. His son Matthew Steven also survives him.  Other survivors include his siblings Kim Perry (Keith), Chris, Pamela Simmons (Don) and Robyn (Michael).  He is also survived by Dennis and Edna Bobik, his brother and sister in-law.  He leaves behind nephews and nieces, Alex and Ashlyn Perry, Angie Tuggle and Denny Bobik plus numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.  Mark loved his family dearly and will be greatly missed by all.  His parents predeceased him.


Mark was happiest spending time with his family, boating on the intracoastal, enjoying fine wines, watching his beloved Colts and Orioles (any sports for that matter!), traveling, attending the TPC, grilling bratwurst by his pool, playing golf, and driving his Corvette.  Mark was a loyal friend and retained close and longstanding relationships with those he grew up with.  He lived his life to the fullest!


A celebration of his life will be held at a future date.  The family asks that in lieu of flowers remembrances be made to the Southeast Volusia Humane Society.

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  1. 29 Feb 2020
    Barbara Simmons says:
    I worked with Mark on multiple projects at KSC, both when he was in OMD in Complex E and when he was TAIR manager. He was one of the nicest people I ever had to deal with...always fair, open-minded, and professional. Good man, gone too soon. My condolences to Debbie and his family.

  2. 22 Jan 2020
    Martin Wilson says:
    Gone too soon. Mark was a terrific guy. I worked with him at USA and enjoyed his company immensely

  3. 19 Jan 2020
    Robyn Barnes lit a candle:
    Lit since January 19, 2020 at 1:24:03 PM

  4. 19 Jan 2020
    JoAnne McCallister lit a candle:
    Lit since January 19, 2020 at 1:44:41 AM

  5. 18 Jan 2020
    James Wilder says:
    Rest well my friend!
    Your work is done on this side.

  6. 18 Jan 2020
    Kat Kat lit a candle:
    Lit since January 18, 2020 at 1:45:13 PM

  7. 18 Jan 2020
    Kim Perry says:
    Mark was such a good brother and headed our family after our parents died so young. He is already greatly missed.

  8. 18 Jan 2020
    Rhonda L Westover lit a candle:
    Lit since January 18, 2020 at 1:49:03 PM

  9. 18 Jan 2020
    Rhonda L Westover says:
    Dear Debbie and Mathew my heart goes out to you both, Mark was a GREAT guy and will be missing by all. The Dear Lord has a special Angel and he will look after you always

  10. 18 Jan 2020
    Debbie Barnes lit a candle:
    Lit since January 18, 2020 at 1:38:31 PM

  11. 18 Jan 2020
    Debbie Barnes says:
    I love you so much. We have had a wonderful life together. I will miss you everyday of my life. Rest In Peace my love.

  12. 17 Jan 2020
    Douglas Colbary says:
    Debbie, I’m so sorry for your loss. Our hearts go out to you and your son.

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