Mark was born on May 3rd, 1965 and raised in Edmonton, the second youngest of 8 children of Harry and Rose Mydlak. He was in the Air Cadets; he played baseball and liked cars, especially Mustangs.
Mark met Michelle in 1988. They moved to Victoria, BC in 1989, where Mark built an aviary and eventually accumulated about 100 birds, of many varieties, some of which they bred and showed.
Mark and Michelle married in 1990. In 1993, Mark started a civilian job at CFB Esquimalt, as a Water, Fuel and Environment Technician. He was a volunteer instructor for Army Cadets.
Mark and Michelle were thrilled with the birth of their son, Jacob, in 1999. For the rest of Mark’s life, Jacob remained the centre of his world; the two were inseparable.
The family moved back to Edmonton in 2001, where Mark was eventually fortunate enough to get a job as a WFE Tech at CFB Edmonton. He loved his job, and called his coworkers his “work family”. Mark and his family were touched and honoured when his work family shaved their heads in solidarity with him, after he lost his hair to his first chemotherapy treatment. Mark regretted the fact that his cancer and its treatment prevented him from continuing his job.
Mark was a fan of the Edmonton Oilers and the Toronto Blue Jays, as well as the Edmonton Eskimos and the Minnesota Vikings, and Manchester United. He enjoyed dirt-biking, fishing and golfing, making 2 golfing trips to Radium BC last fall. Mark loved his three dogs – Zoe, Kiera, and Doug. He loved gardening and he could devise or build or fix just about anything.
Mark was patient, kind and helpful, and a devoted family man. He was intelligent, observant and funny. He was very easy to be with, and he could talk to anyone. He had a deep understanding of human nature, and a capacity to gently lead people from frustration to laughter. He helped make those of us around him better and stronger. His integrity was boundless, and he was not given to self-pity.
Mark was taken from his family on July 12th, 2017, after a 2 year battle with soft-tissue sarcoma. He will be sorely missed.
Michelle and Jacob extend their special thanks to their friends, family and coworkers who have gone the extra mile to provide unending love and support during Mark’s illness. They express thanks also to Dr. Quincy Chu, Dr. Ericka Wiebe and staff at the Cross Cancer Institute, to the EMS crews who went above and beyond, to doctors and staff at the University Hospital, and to Dr. Trent Dusang, who supported Mark at home.
A celebration of Mark’s life is being arranged.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mark’s memory to the Cross Cancer Institute, to support Dr. Chu’s research on this rare cancer. Please reference Dr. Quincy Chu for soft tissue sarcoma research when making your memorial donation.