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Mark Critchfield
  • June 19, 1962
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  • October 11, 2018

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It is with sadness that the family of Mark Wilson Critchfield announces his passing on Thursday, Oct. 11th, 2018 after a battle with lung cancer. Mark went peacefully in his sleep, while listening to Beatles music, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his mother, Nancy Wilson Critchfield and his sister, Lisa Critchfield Chandler, both of Winter Park, FL, and also by his father, stepmother, and sister, Jack B. Critchfield, Mary, and Austi of Clearwater, FL. Mark was born June 19th, 1962 in New Castle, Pennsylvania and grew up in Florida attending Winter Park High School and Seminole Community College. After performing in the music industry for a number of years, Markʼs most recent career was working with Ronald McDonald to create meaningful educational programs for school children. It gave him great joy to entertain and bring smiles to kids and their families at Ronald McDonald House and Give Kids the World. Mark lived his passions: musically, both as an artist and connoisseur, as a devoted follower of NASA & the space program, and as a dedicated baseball fan of the Tampa Bay Rays since their inaugural game. He steadfastly followed all three with his heart and soul. Mark’s other great love was for his family. Always a loyal protector of his mother and little sisters, Mark will also be forever remembered by his aunts and uncles, cousins, extended family and dear friends. A service and reception celebrating Mark’s life will be held on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 at 11:30am in the Family Life Center at First United Methodist Church Winter Park,125 N. Interlachen Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789 (407) 644-2906. In lieu of sending flowers, please consider honoring Markʼs desire to help all children be exposed to music at the earliest age possible via Todd Rundgrenʼs Spirit of Harmony Foundation (advocating the moral imperative of music education and music performance for youth).  Donations can be made in Mark’s honor directly via this link: http://spiritofharmony.org/memorial/ or by mailing a check made payable to “Spirit of Harmony Foundation” to 3536 N. Wilton Avenue, Chicago, Il. 60657-1709. Our family is grateful for your friendship and loving support at this time. 

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  1. 18 Jan 2019
    Bob harland lit a candle:
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  5. 22 Oct 2018
    Dr. and Mrs. Luis Valdes lit a candle:
    Lit since October 22, 2018 at 10:45:51 AM

  6. 21 Oct 2018
    Thomas Croft says:
    Dear Nancy and Lisa, my deepest condolences and sympathies. Mark was my best friend all during Lakemont Elementary while we both lived on Lakewood Dr. All the sleepovers and listening to music, I will always remember experiencing the great rock and roll that came out during our youth together. He was passionate about music and played a tight drum. We stayed friends all through high school even though we went to different schools but I lost touch with him many years ago.
    This come over me with such sadness. He was a great friend.
    With all my Love, Thomas Croft

  7. 20 Oct 2018
    Mary Lee Meter says:
    Nancy and Lisa,
    My heart goes out to you both as well as Mark’s extended family. From the many trips to Disney, taking me back to get my Mickey Mouse mug to
    giving me the infamous
    plastic dog.... Mark was always very giving with
    his time and care for others. Love and hugs to you all!

  8. 19 Oct 2018
    margo & david says:
    Nancy,

    You and your family are in our prayers.
    Margo & David

  9. 18 Oct 2018
    a family member posted an image:
    A very special visit to the Houston Space Center...
    A very special visit to the Houston Space Center...

  10. 18 Oct 2018
    a family member posted an image:
    Another passion, baseball and Roberto Clemente...
    Another passion, baseball and Roberto Clemente...

  11. 18 Oct 2018
    Sue Fenstermaker says:
    With lots of love and fonder memories of times past.... So glad to have shared your quirky humor since you were just a little guy. I'll miss you and always be glad to call you part of the family!

  12. 16 Oct 2018
    Deb Burns lit a candle:
    Lit since October 16, 2018 at 10:49:45 PM

  13. 16 Oct 2018
    Deb Burns says:
    I cannot begin to find words which tell of this loss of Mark. Aunt Nancy and Lisa, know i love you and will pray for peace for you. Mark was the best Cousin and Friend I could hope for in my life. We had many adventures together and i loved Mark dearly.

  14. 16 Oct 2018
    Deb Burns posted an image:
    Mark.
    Mark.

  15. 16 Oct 2018
    Kathy says:
    Prayers for the family as we remember all the good times with Mark!

  16. 16 Oct 2018
    a family member posted an image:
    Mark's day as a Ray
    Mark's day as a Ray

  17. 16 Oct 2018
    a family member posted an image:
    Mark passionately playing...
    Mark passionately playing...

  18. 16 Oct 2018
    Cecily and David says:
    Our love and prayers are with Nancy and Lisa as they release Mark to God's love arms.

  19. 15 Oct 2018
    Yvette Kastor says:
    My heart felt condolences to Mark's family. May he rest in peace.

  20. 15 Oct 2018
    Yvette Kastor lit a candle:
    Lit since October 15, 2018 at 10:24:57 PM

  21. 15 Oct 2018
    Lesa Kramer says:
    Dearest Lisa and Nancy, and Family,
    It was my honor to donate in Mark's honor to the http:/spiritofharmony.org ...what a wonderful way to make an impacting tribute to continue his love of music. I'm so very sorry I won't be able to attend his service, but I have such wonderful memories of our friendships.
    With kindness and care,
    Love, Lesa

  22. 14 Oct 2018
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    Lit since October 14, 2018 at 10:55:26 PM