He was born November 20, 1956 in Heidelberg, Germany, where Mark’s Dad was stationed in the Army. Mark grew up in Boxboro, Massachusetts. He received bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and in Applied Physics from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA.
On June 3, 1980, Mark was married to Sharon Dow. They had two daughters, Erin and Rachael. Mark worked as an engineer at Puritan Bennett Corporation in Wilmington, MA before moving to Kansas as part of a company merger. Mark then worked at Garmin International for 20 years before retiring in 2019 due to being diagnosed with Grade 4 Glioblastoma.
Mark had a passion for music, especially jazz. He had a great technical aptitude for sound and enjoyed spending his Sunday mornings helping at Christian Fellowship Baptist Church in their sound booth. He was very competitive and loved playing tennis and riding bikes on the Johnson County trail system. Mark was an avid reader, book club member and podcast fan – he was a passionate seeker of knowledge and truth.
Mark’s parents, Frederick and Kathleen Tompkins, preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Sharon, daughters, Erin and Rachael, sisters, Kim (McInnis) and Susan (Callen), stepmother, Carolyn Tompkins and many beloved cousins, nieces, and nephews.
A small family service will be held at Christ Community Church (Downtown Campus) on Saturday, March 27, 11:00 a.m. The service will be live-streamed at cckcdc.online.church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Christian Fellowship Baptist Church, P.O. Box 16197, Kansas City, MO 64112.