The sun shines a little less brightly on North Idaho today as we announce the passing of Mark Thomas McGurkin on Thursday, July 26th.
Mark Thomas McGurkin was born on April 20th, 1956 in Hartford, Connecticut. Growing up in West Hartford, Mark spent his childhood bending the rules, enjoying New England beaches, and loving his siblings deeply. Mark eventually moved to Idaho in 1982, starting a vending business that grew to specialize in toys, videogaming, and music. Roots in Moscow led to him spending most of his middle years as a father, shuttling four children to football, basketball, and baseball across the Northwest. Time was always found, however, for much needed trips to Lake Coeur D’Alene in between. Later years were spent living on that same lake. It was there that he found his true calling: Helping others as a Certificated Nursing Assistant at Marimn Health in Plummer, Idaho. Daily he would greet patients with a warm smile and undivided attention. Mark quickly made a name for himself as a go-getter and someone who truly, genuinely cared for everyone he treated. Although only an employee a short time, Mark was the recipient of countless awards for outstanding work in the care of others. Away from work, Mark’s every free moment was spent with his children. His vibrant voice boomed across Rocky Point as he dazzled guests with his story-telling abilities each night of the weekend, after days spent lazily trolling the water for a perfect swimming spot. It is there that he now rests, gazing at the peaceful scene of Chatcolet Lake, the St. Joe River, and the Bitterroot Mountains.
Mark came a long way from the suburbs of Connecticut, but everyone he touched is better for their role in his journey. He was an amazing, kind, and caring man. A better father. He will be missed.
Mark is survived by his children Daniel (Abigail) McGurkin, Kellen McGurkin, Ryan (Ashli) Snyder, and Kyle Snyder (all of Moscow, Idaho). Mark is also survived by his siblings Joseph McGurkin (of Moscow, Idaho), Katie McGurkin, Lawrence McGurkin, Edward McGurkin, Jerry McGurkin, and Rose Fuhr (all of Connecticut).
Mark is preceded in death by his sisters Mary Ellen McGurkin and Anne McGurkin.
A private service is being held in Mark’s honor on Saturday, August 4th.