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RIP, my friend Mark - an awesome guy!

Old 05-14-2020, 02:56 AM
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I just learned that my good friend Mark S. has passed away. He was a truly amazing guy. Have not heard yet how he died.

I met him in Gainesville, FL around 1985 when he was a bouncer at the Purple Porpoise. He was a crazy, smart, intense guy, always happy, friendly, and generous. Came back for a visit to Gainesville once and wanted to have a party for his friends. Went to the boutique gourmet wine/beer store and bought one bottle of every imported beer they had (all 300 of them)! He was an EMT and he traveled all around the world working for oils companies and other agencies as a medic. He was once house medic for the royal palace in Brunei. Worked for KBR in Iraq. Survived being shot in back by a robber at Mardi Gras, and also a plane crash in Thailand. He assisted in his own appendix removal under local anesthetic while he was working in Kazakhstan. Swam with whale sharks in Indian Ocean. One time he rented two Cigarette boats and took all his friends on rides offshore of Miami Beach. Married a Filipino lady and had a daughter (they live in Tampa now).

Found this on his Facebook page (posted in August 2014): Well it was 17 yrs. ago this month I started my overseas career. The countries I've worked in: Brunei, Cambodia, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Iraq, United Arab Emirates, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guniea, Singapore, Thailand & Chad (where I am now). The countries I've traveled to: Bahamas, Canada, Cuba, Costa Rica, Columbia, United Kingdom, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Lithuania, Demark, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Egypt, Oman, Qatar, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Burma, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Paula, India, Australia, South Korea & maybe a few more I missed. I've had a few close calls, made a small fortune, partied my butt off, helped people in need, made lots of friends & formed a different view of the world. All in all a great time & would highly recommend it to anyone!

RIP Mark!

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Here are some photos he sent a long time ago when he was in Iraq. He is on top of the tank. He called me one day at 11AM - it was about 11PM in Iraq. He and his co-worker had to drive from Kuwait to Bagdad. They would follow the Army convoys, stop for a while, then catch the next one. They were stopped and met this tank crew who asked what they had for protection. They had nothing, so tank crew gave them a gun and some whiskey. They got wasted drunk and drove around pointing the gun at people along the way going Bang Bang. When he called he was pretty wasted, laying low for the night. Photo with Sadam monument - Mark says he pissed on that after photo, but he was smart enough not to take a picture of himself doing that.

One photo is when the new latrines had just gotten installed at the oil company camp (he worked for KBR). The new latrine got blow up by terrorists, so Mark decided to take a photo.








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Sorry for your loss bud. Boy, talk about a full life in a short window!
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Indeed!!! Lived a full one...and enjoyed the piss out of it...sorry...hugs!!
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“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!”
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Speaking of Hunter Thompson. Once in the mid-late 80's he was scheduled to speak at UF. My friend (not Mark) and I went to see him. We sat in the old gym for almost a half hour, but HT did not show. We decided to leave and went out the back door. A car comes roaring around the corner, pops the curb, and comes to rest on the sidewalk. We literally had to jump out of the way to avoid being run over. Driver gets out carrying a half-full jug of Wild Turkey. It was Hunter Thompson.
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So sorry for your loss. Praying for you.
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Wow, I was at UF at that time and spent many, many days and nights at PP. Mark seems like he was a great guy. RIP.
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What a nice tribute! Sorry for your loss.
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I didn't get to UF until 94 but remember the Porpoise well. Your buddy Mark looks very familiar. Sorry for your loss my friend.
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Wow, I was at UF at that time and spent many, many days and nights at PP. Mark seems like he was a great guy. RIP.
Thanks. I ran into Oyster Andy a couple months ago (owner of PP). Decadence - A Way of Life!
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Definitely a guy you would like to have a few beers with. Sorry for your loss.

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