Mark Talbot Chapman
December 26, 1953 ‒ September 05, 2018
Mark Talbot Chapman, 64, had a tremendous heart full of kindness, charity, and love. While his heart gave freely to his friends and family, it failed him on September 5, 2018, and he slipped away from all those who love him.
He is survived and mourned by his brothers, Brent (Kathy), Steve (Cheryl), and Dan (Terri); three generations of nieces and nephews, along with lifelong friend Susan Cleaver and their children, Gary and Kara Pritchard. A man who smiled with his whole heart, Mark will be deeply missed by his nieces and nephews, and by their own children who always found tootsie roll pops at Great Uncle Mark’s house. Mark loved all the babies in the family. He treasured their homemade gifts and proudly wore a bracelet made by Kayla. Around his house he displayed pictures, cards, and art from his family. Mark cherished every niece and nephew: Jill, Jeremy, Heather, Sarah, Andy, Katie, Big Mike, Becky, Alex, Caroline, Betsy, and Mandy, along with their children.
Mark traveled as often as he could to visit Susan, Brent, and Jill who was his first niece, and Jill never missed a chance to visit her Uncle Mark. He and Jill often laughed over a memorable wild raft ride down the Washington Yakima Canyon River, where he lost his moccasin in the rapids. It later turned up down the river circling in an eddy with a dead fish in it. At the campground, Mark played poker that night shoeless.
In his youth he loved to play golf with Dan, Keith and Jim and tennis with Brent, Keith, and Steve. Coach Gary Fivecoat hired Mark to work at Western Auto. Later, he worked with his brother Dan and nephew Mike at Chapman Painting.
He and Susan loved to stay with family at Lakeside, Ohio, where he ate perch and walleye, played shuffleboard and taught many of his nieces to drive golf carts. Mark loved Ohio State football and fresh corn on the cob, but only from Miller’s Country Gardens. Mark also loved to play Euchre with his father Dean and brothers Keith and Jim, all now deceased. He liked to work the crossword puzzle, sometimes over the phone with Brent. Mark loved to camp, and he and Susan spent many weekends at the state park or at the home of close friends Rick and Mary Franks. He loved to listen to music, sing by a campfire, and tend the coals.
Mark’s heart was never bigger than when he became the primary caregiver of his mother Betty. After she moved to a nursing home, he visited her every single day and was with her when she died last year.
We are indebted to so many friends and family who took care of Mark when he became ill, especially Betty Lowe his next door neighbor. We are also happy that his beloved dog, Ralphie, has found a new home.
Friends and family are invited to a celebration of Mark’s life on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the Mingo Park Hilborn Room from 1:00 to 2:30 pm. We will miss you man.
The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center of Delaware is assisting the family.
To share a fond memory of Mark or to offer a condolence to his family, please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com