Mark D. Barnes

January 01, 1969 ‒ November 15, 2015

Delaware, Ohio
Formerly of Hilliard, Ohio

Mark D. Barnes, age 46, of Delaware and formerly Hilliard, died unexpectedly Saturday morning, November 14, 2015 at his home.

He was born January 1, 1969 in Alliance, Ohio the son of David Barnes and Diane (Albert) Stauffer.

Mark was a graduate of Alliance High School in the class of 1987 and received his Bachelor’s degree in Christian Education from Malone University in Canton, Ohio.

On February 11, 2005 in Biddeford, Maine he married Rebecca M. Donaldson.  Together they brought beautiful Lillie Mae into this world.  Now 2 ½ , she and her daddy would pray together every night.  Mark was a wonderful husband and father to Rebecca and Lillie.

While Mark’s paying job was that of a 2nd Tier Technical Support Technician for Apple, his true calling was that of a sound engineer.  He ran sound for many events in the Friends Church Community, at New Life in Biddeford, Maine for 5 years and finally he brought his talents to the Vineyard of Delaware County where he operated their sound board for 3 years until he became ill.

Mark’s mother Diane will always remember that he gave his life to the Lord at 8 and never strayed.  He truly believed and lived, “the Lord is my strength, I shall not want”.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife Rebecca and their daughter Lillie Mae of Delaware; his mother Diane Stauffer of Delaware; and his brother Christopher Alan Stauffer of Alliance.

He was preceded in death by his father, David and his brother Jonathan Michael Stauffer.

A Celebration of Mark’s Life will be held on Friday, November 20, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the Vineyard of Delaware County, 1001 W Cherry St, Sunbury, Ohio 43074.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to code Q8S-598 to assist with Lillie’s future schooling.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve Mark’s family.  Condolences and special memories may be shared with family at

  • Dear Rebecca and Lillie,

    Our hearts go out to you as you go through this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you! I only knew Mark very briefly while I worked at Ameriprise (Rebecca) but I knew that he loved you guys very much so. May his memory live on in your hearts.

    Amy and Tim

  • Mark you are truly a special memory. There was none like you. The love of Jesus that you brought to other people’s lives and into the music of musicians, is beyond remarkable, beyond words. I will always love you and always be grateful for your mighty impact in my life. May the angels rejoice. May God be pleased. May you live forever and ever in the glory of God. May your amazing spirit fly free of the pains and sufferings of dust and earth. God bless you Mark.

  • i knew mark from Sullivan’s ave friends church we served on the board togeather for several years mark was the youth pastor there he was so good with the youth he came down to their level. Took them to youth camp and concerts he was very devoted to the church and to God. May you rest in peace. You will be missed.

  • Mark was a big man with a bigger heart and very personable and fun to be around. He loved the Lord and demonstrated that love by loving others. He was very eager to share his talents in sound engineering and music, and loved quality guitars. I enjoyed our visit with Rebecca and Mark a few years ago here in Tennessee. We love and pray earnestly for this precious family during this time of healing and celebrating Mark’s life.
    David and Gale Couts

  • Mark was a great guy. I am so sorry that he was taken away so young. The pain will lessen with time Rebecca, but the love you shared will live forever.

  • Revelation 22:3 “No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will WORSHIP Him.”
    Mark will be running The Sound Board during that worship. So sorry; so young

  • We are so sorry to hear of Marks passing. We still remember Mark up in the sound booth in the back of the church using his gifts for the Lord. As was stated, “it was his true calling”. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. – The Bonvilles

  • I am sorry to hear of his families loss but am glad he no longer suffers. I will be praying for his family to be comforted.

  • My heart and our prayers go out to his wife, daughter and to the rest of Mark’s family and friends. Although it’s been many years since I’ve seen Mark I was so humbled by the unfortunate news of his passing. I enjoyed reading the wonderful things he accomplished in his life and it profoundly reiterated for me that he was a truly unique and wonderful person. It’s not the stature of a man that makes him a man, it’s his heart. He was always kind to me and never looked down on people, fun loving and wise beyond his years. When we were all young and saw many being judgmental and cruel to one another, Mark was standing above everyone else with enthusiasm, a kind word and a smile. Miss you man…..(tearful)…I was lucky to have known you , even for a short time.

  • So when I moved to Ohio I dodnt have alot of friend, but Mark was one of them. We were in Stanton Middle School together and AHS. He was the biggest guy in our school and the nicest. To have him as a friend was a honor and even though he and I didnt keep in touch after school Im sadden over his loss. Im sure everyone knows how great he was and we will all miss him the same.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with Mark’s family and friends. We will always be grateful and proud that Mark was a Malone University alumnus. He touched many lives and was a wonderful example of a man who truly believed and lived our motto, “Christ’s Kingdom First.” He will be missed. – Deb Robinson for Malone Alumni and the Malone University Community

  • Mark was a great man. I am glad our lives intersected at Marlington and Malone. We are praying for the family… may God’s peace and comfort surround you.

  • Rebecca, i was just recently admiring your family pictures and how happy you all looked. Your family is beautiful and i an so very sorry for your loss.
    I ysed to refer to Mark as big daddy weave. He was a great man.
    Love and hugs to you and your daughter.

  • I got to play football and wrestle with Mark which wasn’t easy. Haven’t seen him since then but remember him for the great and easy going guy he was. Prayers for his family.

  • Although I only knew a Mark for a short time, my memories are of an upstanding man who treated everyone with respect. I have fond memories of Mark when we traveled to Florida with Malone College’s track teams for spring training. Rest in peace Mark and prayers to your family.

  • God bless you my brother. Be assured the only on larger than you holds you in the palm of his hand.

  • I had the pleasure of meeting Mark And Diane at Malone. He was such a pleasure and a joy to be around. He always had something good to say, never a negative moment. Just talking to him anyone could tell his love and devotion for the Lord. You will be missed. Love and prayers to all the family. Diane, I love you my sister in Christ.

  • I had the pleasure of getting to know Mark when we were students at Malone. He had a way of drawing e drying into his world by his infectious personality!! Rebecca-please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. May God wrap his arms around you and your family and give you strength and peace in the days ahead!!

  • So very sorry to hear of Mark passing. I met him at Malone, he was sweet and so full of love for life. He taught me how to crack a persons back, as he did it to everyone. I always think of him when I do, I always will. Prayers to the family, peace to you.

  • Diane, again, my thoughts and prayers are with you. God is holding you tight; just lean into His strength.

  • Dear Rebecca and Family, I am sorry sorry for your loss. I knew Mark in high school and remember his kind heart and warm words!!! I got to know him a little better when I dated his cousin Dan Albert. He always was a proud man and enjoyed life. He always was willing to help anyone. You and your family our in my thoughts and prayers. Strength is with you and remember all the blessed memories!!! Christy Semple

  • I’m very sorry to hear of Mark’s passing and my heart and prayers go out to Rebecca and the family. Mark made such an impact in the lives of those around him and will be missed. He was the most talented sound engineer that I ever met, but what made a lasting impact on my life was his joy. His smile and laughter could light up a room and his bear hugs were second to none. I know that He is enjoying time with his Savior and some day I will see him again.

  • I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I went to Malone with Mark… what a great guy and a good friend. I remember many good times with him.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you! Mark lived behind my family in alliance years ago. I was sad to hear of his passing! I remember a guy that as full of life and love! God bless you all!

  • Rebecca, I am sorry for your loss. I wish you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold Mark in your heart.

  • Rebecca, there are no words to express my sorrow for your loss. Mark was a special person. I wish you and Lillie the best and know you will continue to do everything and more for that beautiful daughter. Mark is in a good place and watching over you with pride.

  • We were sad to hear of Marks passing. Very proud of Marks steadfast love of God I am sure he will be missed by many. God bless Rebecca and Lillie.

  • Rebecca, I am sorry and I am crying with you a world apart. I pray that you sense God’s presence so deeply and his peace so overwhelmingly. You, Lillie and Diane are in my prayers. Love to you all.

  • Mark made a lasting impression on hearts and minds; ours included! In 1985 we served at his home church in Alliance, Ohio. We remember fondly the many trips to Battlecreek, Michigan packed tight in the diesel-powered Chevette to fellowship with a sister church– and stir up our faith! We will never forget Mark coming to stay with us in Virginia Beach when we served the church there— happy times, indeed. We were overjoyed when he settled close by in the Delaware, Ohio area– knowing his LIGHT shone brightly! His steady faithfulness to Father deeply encourages our hearts.

    Many continued prayers for the family–
    Ron and Darla Ellyson– Cardington, Ohio

  • Rebecca, Lillie & Diane,

    There are no “right” words to express my deepest sympathy in the sudden loss of your husband, father and son. I wish you peace in the days ahead to be better able to cope. Mark was a full of life guy who was loved by many. He is making heaven rejoice with song. God Bless you all.

  • Diane,

    I want to express my deepest sympathy for the loss of your son Mark. May the peace of God be with you during this difficult time.


  • I was saddened to hear of the passing of Mark.
    He was a Gentle Giant and tender hearted Man.
    I appreciated Mark’s leadership and service to the youth at Westgate Friends/Water of Life Church. Especially to our Son Mike during his teen years.
    I will be praying for his family and friends as they “Grieve with Hope.”
    May the God of all comfort surround you with his love during this time.