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Mark D. Tanner

  • On September 17, 2018
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Mark D. Tanner, age 67, of State College, PA  passed away peacefully on September 17, 2018.

Born October 30, 1950 in New Castle, PA, he was the son of the late Barbara and Chuck Tanner.

Mark was the loving father of Matt (Jasmyn) Tanner of San Diego, CA, Julie (James) Lanigan of Warwick, NY and Lauren (Matt) Kocher of Pittsburgh, PA.  He was “Papa” to Ethan and Asa Tanner; Calvin, Bennett and Anna Kocher; Ryan, Luke, and baby brother Lanigan due in 2019.   Siblings included Brent (Tammi), Bruce (Kim) and the late Gary Tanner.  He is also survived by his former wife, Karen Brandt.

Mark was a Penn State graduate and baseball alumni.   He enjoyed cooking, music, sports and laughter with everyone he knew.

Family and friends are invited to a memorial service on October 6, 2018 at 1:00 pm at State College Presbyterian Church, 132 W. Beaver Ave., State College, PA 16801.  Casual dress in honor of Mark!

Memorial contributions may be made in Mark’s memory to the charity of one’s choice.  In lieu of flowers, please consider becoming an organ donor.

Please view and sign the family’s online guestbook at www.cremationfuneralcare.com

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20 Comments

Steve Gauly
  • Sep 18 2018
So sorry for the loss of your dad. I have so many great memories of good times with the Tanners in Meadville.
Lucy Nesbitt
  • Sep 18 2018
Karen and kids, We are so sorry about Mark. Like Steve, we have such good memories. Mark was so kind to share times with his Dad and the Pirates team with our kids who loved the Pirates. It made an everlasting impact on each of them. Our boys and my husband and I will never forget that. Karen, I think of you often. Lucy Nesbitt
Jay and Nancy Straub
  • Sep 19 2018
So sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. We remember the many fun times we had with our children in Meadville.
Tekla Brzoza Helfrich
  • Sep 19 2018
I was saddened to hear of Mark's passing. It's been so many years since we have all been neighbors. I have so many wonderful memories from the days of our joined driveways on Maitland Lane. Sending sincere condolences to Brent, Bruce and the entire extended Tanner family. May dear Mark rest peacefully and his loving memory sustain you.
Jim Mahlon
  • Sep 20 2018
Aww this hurts me, pains me deeply. Mark and I became friends because we have homes in the same neighborhood. His infectious view on life aided me in my own view. Truly one of a kind. He dealt with his health problems, as well as his daughter's, with an attitude that helped me in my continuing struggle of getting through losing my son who passed unexpectedly at the age of 27. I wish to express my sincere condolences to the all of the family and friends left behind in the wake of losing Mark. These things aren't easy to do. RIP, Ralph! We called each other Ralph, inside joke... I miss you Sir.
murray braden
  • Sep 20 2018
Murray Braden September 20, 2018 at 4:33 am I have such fond memories of Mark. There are such clear pictures in my mind of each word used to describe him. Cooking (his infamous chicken wings), Music (“Stay” and "We Are F-a-m-I-l-y") , and Laughter(too many to describe). Karen will remember. I was so happy to get to visit with Mark and his family at a Pirate tailgate, not too long ago. His love for his kids and grandkids made him larger than life. Mark will always have a big presence in my mind. Such great memories. I love the whole family. Beyond heartfelt sympathy, Murray Braden
Billy Blades
  • Sep 20 2018
Mark was a friend a customer and a member of my pool team. Our team was not that good but we had more fun then Any other team in the league. I was at the table getting ready to sink the 8 ball while Mark and Tyle were taking bets on me making the shot. They said it loud enough that the other team wanted in on the bet. The entire place irrupted into laughter. He will be missed
John cocolin
  • Sep 20 2018
Mark will be missed by everyone who knew him. His smile and laughter lit up the room instantly ?? He had a big heart and was kind to everyone. I remember him being on a golf trip with us and try to scare us so he waited in a bunker to scare us. Unfortunately he was in the middle of a red aunt hill and they were in his shorts and he came running out screaming and grabbing his crotch?? So funny?? He left behind a beautiful family and lots of great memories ??
Sally Fessler Caplan
  • Sep 20 2018
This sad news is quite a shock! We just had our 50th Neshannock HS reunion in July and were told at that time that Mark was doing well. I have so many great memories of my friend Mark in those HS days. On our first and only date before we could drive, Mark’s father drove us to a movie, then home afterward. I will always remember him as the handsome, funny jock everyone enjoyed being around. It sounds like Mark had a lovely extended family. Please accept my sIncere condolences for your tremendous loss.
Dianne Fletcher Del Pizzo
  • Sep 21 2018
I'm so sorry to hear of Mark's passing. I missed our 50th reunion but I was able to share some high school memories with Mark at the previous one. We all loved him. He was sweet, kind, talented and funny. He was blessed to have such a wonderful family and his family was blessed to have such a wonderful Dad and PaPa. With deepest sympathy. " Fletch"
Martha Trout
  • Sep 24 2018
I was so sorry to hear about Mark's passing. He was such a positive person and it was clear he loved his family very much. State College Presbyterian Church will miss him - our deepest sympathies to all of you.
Scott Braden
  • Sep 24 2018
Mark's favorite song was oh won't you stay a little bit longer by James Taylor. I would like to dedicate that song to him. I will miss you my dear friend. See you on the other side.
Debbe Bechtol Keslar
  • Sep 24 2018
Condolences to the Tanner family. I have many fond memories of time with Mark and the family when we were in high school.
Steve Adams
  • Sep 25 2018
I met Mark as our school "Book Man" many years ago. Once we talked we became friends as I'm originally from Western Pa. and my mother went to New Castle. We talked a lot of baseball, other sports, life events and family. Mark would stay over in Wellsboro and watch my kids play sports and we would replay the game the next day. I always enjoyed his visits and I'm saddened over the loss. Mark loved his family and my condolences are with all of you.
Becky Ross Harrisbur gPA
  • Sep 26 2018
Tanner Family, My deepest sympathy on Mark's passing. Seeing this brought back many memories of babysitting you kids and watching Matt play Little League with the 2 Marks coaching Matt and Todd. I know it is very hard to lose a parent but just think of all the memories that you have to remember him by. May you find peace and love in remembering all the wonderful times you had with Mark. Take Care and God Bless
Dave Albright
  • Sep 27 2018
With deep sadness I wish to send sympathies to the Tanner family on Mark's passing. I got to know Mark when he did his book sales at our school. He had an infectious personality and I looked forward to his visits and our talks from families, Pittsburgh sports, Penn State, or just anything that would keep us enjoying the visit. I hope that you can find comfort, just knowing what kind of an individual Mark was and how many lives he touched and made better just knowing him. Our Blessings.
Peggy and Bill Brainard
  • Oct 1 2018
We are deeply saddened by your loss. Your Father will always be remembered for his humor, love for his family, and God. Bill and I are pleased for the time we had with him to enjoy his stories, watching TV with Bill, sharing our families and his friendship. May you all find peace with all his love and memories.
Cathleen and Mike Werner
  • Oct 6 2018
We knew Mark a very short time in the scheme of things. Mark had a great personality and left his memory in our first encounter as our neighbor 3 doors away. He had a wonderful perspective on life and tried to enjoy himself and gave everyone who had contact with him a happy feeling. Our condolences to Mark’s family at your loss.
Charlotte and Chris Thomas
  • Oct 10 2018
Dear Karen, Matt, Julie, Lauren and all your family, We are so very sorry about Mark's passing. We have many wonderful memories of your friendship. For me (Chris) .... being able to be part of a Saturdays golf foursome with Mark, Steve Gauly and Jay Straub epitomized it all. It was a supreme joy. I have never laughed more or laughed harder. For me (Charlotte) .... the smile, the almost ever present smile, it lit up the rooms that he was in and made others smile with him. Thank you all for being part of our lives. We will miss Mark. With love ....
Janet Hill
  • Oct 29 2018
So sorry to hear about Mark's passing. We thoroughly enjoyed him visiting our school in Wellsboro with the "Books are Fun" and later "Collective Goods" items. Although I did not know him well, I felt like I did. He was a great person and always smiling! We ill miss him......
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