Mark Henri Shipley passed away in the afternoon of July 7, 2022, of natural causes. Mark was born on Mother’s Day, May 9, 1982, in Bountiful, Utah. He was never a “little” boy, weighing in at over 11 pounds at birth. This was a blessing because his barely four-year-old sister, at first glance, decided that he would be her doll. From that first moment, she wanted nothing to do with her other toys. Her undivided attention went to Mark, as did his then five and a half-year-old brother. He was a happy little guy and gave us lots of joy. From the time he was born he
talked incessantly to everyone he met.
While still in elementary school Mark developed an interest of electronics and the world of computers. In junior high he became a vegetarian, which he remained the rest of his life. He obtained a business license and started working repairing computers around the neighborhood before he was old enough to get his driver’s license.
Grief and joy both filled our hearts and minds at the loss of Mark at this time, we will miss him terribly, because we had him for 23 extra years following a car accident that very nearly killed him and certainly turned his life upside down at age 17 beyond. Mark was a graduate of Davis High School in Kaysville, Utah.
In spite of the very significant lasting damage done by the accident, Mark was able to do much that he loved during the last 23 years of his life. He ran his own IT company for 10 years while living in Alaska and as far as he was concerned, Alaska was paradise. He built a small house on a five acres of land adjoining that of his younger brothers five acres in Longview, Washington over a year. Also, to the pleasure of his parents, Mark returned home while he completed a 4-year electrician program at DATC in Kaysville, he graduated at the top of his class despite everything and had just stated a new job at the time of his death.
Mark never married or had children but had a large (7) very beloved canine family who became his children who will miss him deeply. He always would explain everything at length to the dogs.
As a toddler, Mark had an engaging and permanent smile on his face. His accident changed his personality, (as all TBI injuries do). He became irritable, frustrated very easily, but he remained an incredibly generous soul, always eager to help other people.
Mark loved fixing cars and ogling (the really nice ones). He was an intellecutal, reading worlds philosophy, enjoying physics and other sciences.
Mark is survived by his dad and mom, Randy and Annick Shipley, his older brother Jared (Teresa) and their son Benjamin, sister Natalie (Mark) Andersen and their son Jake, his younger brother and greatest fan Andrew Shipley, numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Organ donation was critical to Mark’s survival after his accident, and he became very pro-organ donation for the rest of his life. He also loved and cared about animals. In lieu of flowers a fitting tribute to him would be a donation to an organization that supports one of those causes.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 23, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at the Somerset Chapel, 1885 N. Summerwood Drive, Farmington, Utah. Friends may visit with family Friday, July 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the church and Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. prior to service.
Interment will follow at a later date.
At Mother’s request: Please wear appropriate church attire, but please come wearing pretty, colorful dresses (women) and lighter, brighter clothing (men). Thank You.