Mark Joseph Stout, a 12-year resident of Ottsville, Pa., died suddenly Jan. 15, 2008, as a result of a skiing accident in Steamboat Springs. He was 45.
The youngest of 11 children, Mark was born Feb. 9, 1962, in Chestnut Hill, Pa., to George and Pia Stout, who preceded him in death. He attended Catholic schools, graduating in 1979 from Archbishop Wood High School. Mark attended Delaware Valley College.
He was the husband of Marita (Watts) Stout. They celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Nov. 6, 2007, at a party given by their children.
In addition to his beloved wife, who was his best friend, Mark was the loving father of Monica, of Breckenridge, and Matt and Maggie, both of Ottsville. A loving taskmaster, Mark taught his children the value and rewards that came from hard work.
The proprietor of several businesses, including Valley Brook Farms in Ottsville, Mark worked tirelessly to insure the success of each one. When he was not working, Mark could be found cooking a gourmet meal for his family or friends, or working on one of his many cars.
Mark's other passion was skiing, a love that he shared with his children. The family spent many weekends in the Poconos. They vacationed every winter in Colorado, skiing from morning until night. Recently, the family completed construction of "Stouty's Lil Romo," their dream ranch in Craig.
In addition to his wife and children, Mark is survived by his brothers and sisters, Pia, George, Cathy, John, Joe, Ann, Mary, Steve, Vince and Dave. He is also survived by Marita's parents, John and Nancy Watts; and brothers and sisters John, Jim, Joe and Ann Watts, and Tina Lynn and their spouses. Many nieces and nephews also survive him. His loving friends, "The Ottsville Group," will remember him at their weekly get-together.
Mark was a kind and generous husband, father, son and brother. His happiest times were those spent with family and friends, doing the things they all loved. Mark will be greatly missed by everyone who was blessed to have known him.
A funeral Mass celebrating Mark's life is at 10 a.m. Jan. 22, 2008, at St. John the Baptist Church on Route 412, Ottsville, Pa.
If desired, contributions in Mark's memory may be sent to St. Michael's Building Fund, 678 School St., Craig, CO 81625, Attn: Father Jim Fox.