Mark S. Thomas

April 14, 1953 ‒ October 13, 2021

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Mark S. Thomas, 68, of Mount Vernon passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at Knox Community Hospital after a brief illness.  He was born on April 14, 1953 and lived his whole life in Mount Vernon.

Mark graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1971.  After graduation he spent time pursuing his passion of playing music, performing with several bands throughout the years, the most notable being Sweet Revenge.  Mark’s other passion was caring for others which lead him to his career in nursing beginning in 1994 continuing until his retirement in 2019.  He was an avid Harley Davidson enthusiast and a lifetime H.O.G member.

In 1997 he met the love of his life, Candy (Couch) Thomas and together they spent 24 years in love and laughter.

Mark was a special soul, he brought joy and laughter to everyone around him.  He always had a silly joke or funny story to lighten any situation and would wrap you up in the tightest bear hug you’ve ever had.

Mark is survived by his wife, Candy Thomas; son Christopher (Debbie) Hicks; daughter, Cassandra Hoeflich; son-in-law, Casey Hoeflich; grandchildren, Leia, Aria and Mason Hoeflich; stepchildren, Donald Marofsky, Christopher Marofsky, Tiffany Massie, Joshua Graham and Sarah Graham; brothers, John (Cheryl) Mauler, Jonathan Mauler and Kelly “Boomer” McMurtry; sisters, Paula Mauler Powell and Amanda Mauler; many special nieces, nephews, and friends that he considered his family.

Mark was preceded in death by his parents, Mearl and Eloise Thomas; his father, John Mauler; his mother, Marjorie McMurtry; brother, Bill McMurtry; sister, Vicky Mauler Watson; and a brother-in-law, Tony Watson.

The family will receive friends from 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, 201 Newark Rd., Mount Vernon where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 with Pastor Marvin Haught officiating.  Burial will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.

The family requests that family and friends wear causal attire to the visitation and funeral in honor of Mark’s love for Harley Davidsons, Cleveland Browns, the Fredericktown Freddies and Rock n Roll music.

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  • Mark was a special good friend. Always there to help out a friend. I had not seen him over the last several years but was kept updated by family. We had a great time as kids and Mark always kept us laughing. He will be greatly missed.

  • Having know Mark over 50 years, since he was a good friend of my brother, Mike, he will be missed. He always had a joke and a smile. Watched over me a few times in my early adult life, making sure I didn’t do anything stupid. I just can’t believe he is gone, having just seen him alive and happy a few months ago. Prayers go out to his family.

  • I met Mark in High School and when both of us were in Up This People. He had a gift of Music and making people smile. I’ll miss my friend. So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you all.

  • My prayers are with his family
    .I wish I had spoken To him longer at class reunion. Always a kind word a a hug from Mr Mark….all whom he touched knew his love. May you rock with the angels babe !!!!!

  • Mark has been a part of my life forever. We shared a special friendship over the years. We shared music friendship and laughter. His smile will be missed

  • Mark was so special, always sweet and funny. I cannot believe we have lost him so soon. Prayers and warm thoughts to all his family.

  • Candy, Amanda and family,

    We were so very saddened to hear of Mark’s passing. May the Lord comfort you and give you peace in this time of sorrow.

    Terry and Pam Hissong

  • Mark was a sweet guy with a warm and friendly personality. We always enjoyed seeing him out for breakfast at Southside. We spent many weekends listening to him sing with the band Sweet Revenge. He will be greatly missed. Rest in peace my friend.

  • Rest in peace Mark. Heaven gained a good guitar picker. Condolences to your family. We shared lots of laughs over the years. Gonna miss you.

  • What a guy!! Mark made everyone laugh. His personality was beyond compare. I feel very blessed to have known him for many, many years. Rest well, my friend. You will surely be missed. Especially by those who loved you most. Love you friend.

  • Candy was the love of his life and I feel so bad for you. But I was his first starting in 5th grade. So there was a special bond, even as we grew apart in later years. I’m sure he will be greatly missed by all his family and friends. Rest in peace, old friend.

  • My thoughts and prayers go out to Candy and Mark’s extended family. He was a great guy that could always put a smile on your face. The world is a little more empty since he left us.

  • I am so sorry to hear of Mark’s Passing . I have known him since back in the 1960’s… Mark had a heart as big as anyone could ever imaging and it was full of Love for all of those he cared about .. He was a good friend to my older brother Tom and spent a lot of time with our family way back when …. You may be gone but will never be forgotten… I will always love you my “ big brother Mark Mark “ wear your Wings Proudly!!

  • My heart aches for you ,”my favorite ex husband” as he always says he was. You have always been a champion for the underdog and would do anything for a friend. Your humor and you big, bold, belly laugh would make anyone feel instantly happy and I will miss you greatly. Thank You, Candy for being who you are and making him happy all those years and Thank you also for accepting me as your friend as well. Love and prayers to you and your family.

  • Candy,

    Harry and I are so sad to hear this news. What a great guy and friend he was to everyone. I’m sure there will be a “squeeze box” for him in heaven.

    Harry and Phyllis Griffith

  • Mark was in Sing Out Knox County (Up With People) group during our high school years. He was referred to as Uncle Mark to the younger kids in the group. RIP Uncle Mark.

  • My condolences too Aunt Candy and the family. I met Uncle Mark when I was 10 years old, my dad Gene O’Connell was a dear friend of Mark, more like a brother. One of my favorite memories of him was the last time I was out to visit, he said I’m proud of you baby girl, because I could finally get from his house to Walmart and back without going to the square to find my way to his house.then he laughed at me. Fly high uncle Mark, you will be missed.❤️

  • Mark would always bring a smile to your face when you would see him out and about. Then all the stories he would tell wow !!!
    Heaven gained a special person for sure. Mark you will be missed by many.
    Peace and comfort to your wonderful family

  • I first met Mark in high school and immediately thought of him as my friend. Lost touch with him after graduation, but reconnected thru Facebook. It has been many years since I’ve talked to him in person, but his name has always brought a smile to my face. I still can hear his laugh.

  • Candy and family, so sorry hearing about Marks passing. I know Scott was there to greet him. My prayers are with you during this hard time!

  • I have known Mark since we were in Choir in High School and then discovered him again in Sweet Revenge. They were a great band and my friends from MVDC and I went to see them all the time. We looked forward to the humor of Mark and Spence as well as the talent ! They will rock on forever in my memories. Later on I found Mark on Facebook and it was nice to reconnect again . RIP my friend !

  • So sorry to hear about Mark’s passing. We were good friends in high school, but had lost touch in the years since. Connected again through Facebook, not quite the same but better than no touch. Enjoyed seeing what was happening in his life and his enjoyment in his grandchildren. He will be missed. My prayers are with the family.

  • I can’t begin to say how much this wonderful man is going to be missed. I new him in school but never got that close. In the past 15 + years we became best pals, always had each others backs, and like everyone else who new him there was always jokes and laughter when he was around. we would be setting around talking and joking and so many times we would pop up with the same smart remark at the exact same time, I’d say how do we do that, it’s like are brains were connected. He was also a card carrying member of the south side breakfast club. Candy you know you both mean the world to me and i love you both, and i hope God can help you the kids and grandkids and the rest of the family deal with your loss. my prayers are with you.

  • RIP my dear friend! You were a friend for many years, to many people and will be missed by so many. I’ll never forget the when my son was born we spent the night celebrating together. You always had a great smile, laugh and could really play the guitar.

  • Mark called me his brother from a different mother for 45 years and I wear this with extreme pride. He stood just to my left for most of that time making my attempts at my musical endeavors so so easy due to his extremely solid rhythm playing and also his great vocal range and accurate rendition of anything we took a shot at. He was and will always be one of my favorite people on this earth and I feel lucky to have stood very close to his light and always …always enjoyed his company in every way. I love you Mark Thomas and look forward to seeing you soon

  • Kelvin and I are so very sorry to hear about Mark. We were so very blessed to know him. He will be missed by all who knew him. I know we haven’t known you guys long be we have became good friends. I pray God will surround you and your family and give you strength during this difficult time. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. Love to all of you.❤️🙏❤️🙏❤️
    Love Kelvin and Janelle

  • Condolences to Mark’s family. Mark was like a big brother to me. Always had something good to say. Mark will truly be missed.

  • mark thomas was a special person to our family and dear friend. we will never forget how this unbelievable talented musician and singer he was. he had a special talent to share with the world. i will alsways remember him any time i hear music. he was for years the rythem guitarist and 2nd lead singer with the well known band called sweet revenge. they were one of the hottest bands with the remainder of the band, the snyder brothers, spence hoeflich, bill mahan and bull dog that were known all over ohio and in the south in georgia during the 70s and 80s and 90s, mark had a wonderful personality and was a super friend, father, husband and grandpa to all. we will miss him and will always miss his and my favorite song which was up against the wall you redneck mother. lol i know he is singing it and other songs to jesus so he can enjoy it also.

  • Mark is one of my oldest Mt Vernon friends. He could always make you laugh and never a dull moment. For the last several years I did not see Mark as often as we once did, but I cherish the memories we had together. Motorcycle rallies, breakfast together going clear back to “Ike’s”, golfing and always great conversation! I could go on and on. You will be truly missed. RIP my Brother!

  • Rest In Peace Mark. You taught me valuable musical and performance lessons in short time and, as always, did it with your usual infectious smile, laughter and quick humor. I will never forget those times! Surely to be missed by so many. Love and hugs to Candy and family.

  • I was deeply saddened to hear of Marks’ death. Mark and I were good HS friends. We played together in Thomas’ Electric Gazebo Band back in the late 60s and early 70s. Had a lot of very good memories of our times together. He really was a great guitarist. I can vividly remember him hearing a song once or twice and then playing it perfectly without any music in front of him. When I left to join the Army, lost touch with him.
    Tried unsuccessfully to track him down over the years. But am glad to read he had a good life, richly lived. Rare talent and rare human being. This world is a little darker without him in it. My prayers for his family and his soul.
    Gary Brown

  • We were so sad to hear of Mark’s passing. Such a wonderful guy, always smiling and fun to be around. You will be missed. Rest in peace. Our prayers are for all of Mark’s family during this difficult time. 🙏

  • I met Mark in high school singing in the choir and with Up With People. He always had a smile and a happy attitude and gave bear hugs. I’ll remember the last time he gave me a hug and told me how much he missed seeing me at breakfast at Southside. Tears are flowing for a great friend who will be missed by many. Prayers for you Candy and your family.

  • I was deeply touched by hearing of Marks passing. Mark and I were not close friends but friends. He never had anything disrespectful to me. He always smiled and I saw that smile at graduation for four years we had been in choir together.
    I can see him brushing that red hair from his eyes. I remember again when Mark and Candy came to work at a health care facility that I worked at .
    I was so tickled, they were so nice and there was sweet ole Mark being so good to his patients, Candy too. Our time together was not too long but it was nice to see them again.
    I see Mark waving at us and smiling, he deserves his quiet rest, no more sorrow, no more pain. Someone mentioned it was going to be darker now that Mark is Heavens own, yes, yes we are darker, but the stars are exploding with a glorious light and I hear music good old rock and roll. Bless you all.

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