Mark David Breunlin, devoted husband, father, and grandfather, passed away peacefully at home early on New Year’s Day, 2021, with his loving wife by his side.
Mark was born at Halifax Medical Center on September 15, 1957 to Jim and Amy (Yaworski) Breunlin and lived in Ormond Beach his entire life. He graduated from Seabreeze High School in 1975.
Mark began his career with Volusia County as a lifeguard in 1977, where he proudly served his community for 19 years, saving countless lives. He then transferred to Volusia County Parks and Recreation, maintaining the natural beauty of Smyrna Dunes, Highbridge, and Strickland parks for an additional 19 years. He took pride in all he did, and always had a positive attitude and sunny outlook, making lifelong friendships along the way.
After retiring, Mark volunteered at Pine Trail Elementary School until spring break of 2020, something that brought him great joy. The first graders he started with are now in fifth grade and remember “Mr. Mark” fondly, along with their shared love of collecting rocks and coins, planting and growing a garden, cool science experiments, making math fun, classroom, and media center treasure boxes and, above all, shark tooth necklaces.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 35 years, Annette, his beloved daughter, Katie Hayworth and her husband, Gaston, and their son, his sweet, silly, and loving grandson, Max (Maxwell James), whom he adored and spent every possible moment with since his birth in October 2019. There is no question that Max added the best quality time to Mark’s life, filled with joy, and their love for each other was clear to see.
Also left to cherish Mark’s memory are his beloved brothers, Bill of Holly Hill, Florida, and Jim, of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, many dear cousins in Florida, Illinois, Colorado, and elsewhere, and a large extended family of treasured friends and loved ones. Mark is dearly loved by his family and his friends, and the memories they made with him will always hold him close to their hearts.
Mark loved the ocean, and his favorite activities were centered there — especially surfing, swimming, fishing, and spending time with his family. He found it to be a place of renewal and healing, and he always believed there was no such thing as a bad day at the beach.
A celebration of Mark’s life will be held at a later date. Help keep Mark’s memory alive by choosing kindness, helping others, and always finding a reason to smile.