Mark Alan Towner, 69, died Tuesday, May 7, 2024 in Overland Park, Kansas. He was born June 16, 1954 in Kansas City, Missouri, the only child of Forrest Alwyn and Harriet Audrey (Rothschild) Towner. On May 25, 1985 he married Margaret “Peggy” Ann (Highland) in Ames, Iowa. She survives.

Mark grew up in Kansas City before attending the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned his degree in civil engineering in 1976. He began his career in Houston, Texas, where he met Peggy. The couple resided briefly in New Orleans, Louisiana, where their son Matthew was born. In 1987 the family moved to the Kansas City area where they would welcome their daughter Michelle in 1992. Mark was a prominent structural engineer and licensed Professional Engineer in 35 states. He specialized in failure analysis and frequently served as an expert witness in legal proceedings. His more memorable projects included analysis of the Port of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and numerous building demolitions in downtown Kansas City.

Mark loved finding architectural salvage and exploring old buildings. His collection of record albums numbered in the thousands and his favorite bands were The Doors, The Who, and other 60’s psychedelic artists. He liked watching and playing baseball and enjoyed Kansas City Chiefs games. Mark loved animals, including his pets Milo, Maya, Max, Millie, Miss Kitty, and Bubbles. He was a loving father, kind, and beloved by everyone he met.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret “Peggy” Ann Towner of Overland Park; son, Matthew Adam Towner and daughter-in-law Rebecca Elizabeth Bush of Columbus, Georgia; daughter, Michelle Adrienne Towner of Overland Park. He was preceded in death by his parents. His family expresses their gratitude to the staff of Delmar Gardens of Overland Park for their dedicated care over the past two years.

Mark donated his body to the University of Kansas Medical Center for Research.

A Celebration of Life will take place at a time to be determined. Until a formal celebration can be had, with his birthday coming up on June 16th, the family would like to ask his friends to raise a glass of their beverage in a toast to him. Mark’s was a whiskey on the rocks with a splash of water. 

 

 




 

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