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Place of Birth:
Dallas, Texas
Place of Death:
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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Mark Monkres

Mark Lynn Monkres, 52, Tulsa, passed away at his home on April 23, 2014, from Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare pediatric cancer. Mark was an Eagle Scout (Troop 20) and a member of Kappa Alpha Order (Beta Iota Chapter). He graduated Edison High School, Tulsa, Class of '80, and Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. Mark was employed as an instrumentation outside salesman for M&D Controls, Vector, in Tulsa.

Mark was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt, water-ski, ride a motorcycle and was extremely knowledgeable of engines or anything mechanical. A member of Oklahoma Boat Racing Association, he raced hydroplanes, and owned his own team, and was the happiest when he was piloting his boat O-49, in a race. He had also been active in the Heartland Classics Antique and Classic Boat Club in past years. Mark loved to cook and entertain friends, create things from wood, paint, work in the yard, garden and most of all he loved life. He possessed so many great qualities, had a tremendous sense of humor and was a gentleman always.

Mark was diagnosed with his cancer in early February of this year and lived each day to the fullest.

Mark was preceded in death by: paternal grandparents H.H (Buddy) and Ella Monkres; maternal grandparents Howard and Martha Heffington; great uncles Jerry Keith and Hobert Heffington and cousin Carole Heffington Goddard.

He is survived by his constant companion of 47 years, Melissa Backward of the home; his daughter Marissa Lynn Monkres of Springfield, Missouri; parents Terry and Myrna Monkres of Tulsa; sister Cynthia Davis and husband LaVere of Tulsa; brother Tim Monkres and wife Carolyn of Tulsa; nephews Blake Brownlee of St. Louis, Missouri, Mark Brownlee and Matthew Brownlee of Tulsa. He is also survived by great aunt Roberta Keith of Carlsbad, NM; cousin Vicki Kirchner and husband Tom, also of Carlsbad, NM; uncle and aunt Don and Barbara Heffington of Tulsa; cousin Donnie Heffington and wife Melanie of Tulsa; also survived by Uncle and Aunt Duane and Yvonne Monkres of Edmond, and cousins Gary and Rusty Monkres of Edmond, Oklahoma and a host of loving friends.

Memorial Service for Mark will be held Monday, May 5, 2014, 1 PM, at First Presbyterian Church Tulsa.

Service Information

Time: 5-May-2014 1:00 PM
Location: First Presbyterian Church of Tulsa


The Woodard's
We will miss you, your friendship, your smile and your kick butt Cesar salad!
Donna Zimmerman
The Service Team and Payroll Team at Insperity send our deepest sympathy for this sad loss. May he live forever in the hearts and memories of those who knew him. Kelly, Donna, Allan, Michelle, Jaime, Val, Cindy, Mary
Linda & Kevin McAfee
Thanks Mark for all the good times, laughs and friendship. We are going to miss you around the race pits.
Cydney Martin Walvoord
Remembering playing kickball together at Barnard. Rest in peace, my friend.
Bob & Vada Strattan
Our deepest sympathy to Terry, Myrna and the rest of the family is this time of mourning, Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Trae, Brandy and Samuel Walls
Matthew 5:4 – Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Ruth Deal Perry
Mark touched my life with his gift of humor and always being positive! I can't help but smile when I think of him.
Eric Johnson
Mark loved life and was always a great host. I hope he was dreaming of being on the Lake with his last thoughts!!!
George Farrar
Mark and I had some good times and laughs together in our youth. Sorry to here of his passing. I will hold the throttle down and go fast in his memory.
I will miss you Mark. You were a good friend and loved by many.
I will always remember all our fun times skiing behind that boat you worked so hard on. Miss you.
Josh Raynolds
Godspeed, Mark.
God Speed my Sweetheart. Go fast and turn left! Don't crap up the helmet!
Marsha Espey Kidwell
Always in my heart, my sweet Mark. Love you. --Marsha
Ruth Deal Perry