Mark H. Jenkins, age 70, of New Paltz, made a peaceful transition in the comfort of his home on January 8, 2020 after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was born in Akron, Ohio on March 20, 1949 to Faye and Marylu Jenkins. Mark grew up in Akron where he attended Buchtel High School. In his youth, Mark spent many hours in the pool, earning a swimming scholarship to Florida State University where he received a degree in business.
Mark spent his career at Goodyear’s corporate headquarters, where he developed an interest and fluency with technology that spread to his personal life as well; he was often a step ahead of his daughters when it came to the latest gadgets and gizmos. His 38 years with Goodyear took Mark and his family to St. Charles, Illinois; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Hudson, Ohio.
Mark loved adventures. He was the type of person that would head into the waves when the winds picked up. He took to the skies in his hang glider, the seas with his sailboat and to the open road in anything from the family Chevy van to his sports car.
Mark always took care of his family, still providing us with the comfort of his love up until his passing. Mark was humble, gentle, wise, and loyal. When we learn about God, He is often portrayed as a father figure, and Mark made this analogy easy to comprehend. His love and support were constant. He will be deeply missed.
Mark was a devoted son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Martha (West) Jenkins, his two daughters Jenny Jenkins (Erik Stoermer) and Patty Dannemann (Ryan), as well as his grandchildren Daisy and Cole Dannemann. He also leaves behind a brother-in-law John West (Eileen) of Stow, Ohio and their daughters Erin and Anne; Sister-in-law Barb Jenkins of Copley, Ohio and her daughters Katie, Kim, and Annie. Mark was looking forward to being reunited with his parents, his brother Phil, and his dog, Taffy, in heaven.
Mark’s life will be celebrated on January 25 at 10:00am in the Fireside Room at the Reformed Church of New Paltz on Huguenot Street. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in his name to the Humane Society of Summit County Ohio (https://www.summithumane.org) or to the Reformed Church of New Paltz (https://www.reformedchurchofnewpaltz.org).
Copeland-Hammerl Funeral Home, 162 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY is honored to assist the family of Mark with the arrangements.