August 21, 1960 ~ March 19, 2019

Born in: Peoria, IL
Resided in: Indianapolis, IN

Mark D. Jones, 58, of Indianapolis, IN, passed away unexpectantly in his home on March 19, 2019. He was born on August 21, 1960 in Peoria, IL to Gilbert and Ann (Girsch) Jones. Mark graduated from Illinois Valley Central High School in 1978. He attended Augustana College, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1983. Most recently, Mark was contracted to work for the CDC through Booz Allen Hamilton as a Medical Terminologist and Informatician. He was the Treasurer of the Persimmon Properties Homeowners Association.

Mark loved to volunteer his time to friends and organizations he cared about. During his daughters’ high school years, he worked as a Pit Crew dad for the Lawrence Central High School Marching Band, where he helped build props and assisted the band in moving equipment for performances, as well as assisting the show choirs and theater productions. In recent years he found his niche in the gaming world. Be it online video games, card, or board, he enjoyed them all. He even went so far as assisting in the development and testing of new board and card games. He enjoyed playing golf and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.

Mark is survived by his wife of almost 29 years, Janet (Mears) Jones; daughters, Kelsey Marie Wickham (Andrew), Caitlin Nicole Jones and Alana Rose Jones; granddaughter, Lillie Elizabeth Wickham; parents, Gilbert and Ann Jones; siblings, Linda Newcomer (George) and Karen Jones; along with many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

There will be a funeral mass at 11am on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at St. Edwards Catholic Church in Chillicothe, IL, with a gathering starting at 9am, followed by internment at Swan Lake Cemetery in Peoria, IL. A celebration of life and visitation with the family will be in Indianapolis, IN on April 6, 2019 at Daniel’s Vineyard in McCordsville from 3pm to 7pm. Arrangements provided by Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services – Lawrence.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Lawrence Central Performing Arts Association (LCPAA), Lawrence Central High School, 7300 East 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46226. Or to Versiti/Blood Research Institute, Attn: Foundation Office, 8733 W Watertown Plank Road, Milwaukee, WI 53226.

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  1. I am very sorry for your loss. I worked closely with Janet for a few years and heard many great stories about Mark and how he was a wonderful husband and father.

  2. I’m remembering all the great times with Mark, Janet and the girls on guard and band trips. They were very special days. I can’t help but picture Mark up there somewhere giving a poor angel an earful for being taken so unexpectedly.

  3. Many fond memories of our times together with Lawrence Central and our shared passion of Cardinals Baseball. God Bless you and the girls Janet and so sorry for your loss.

  4. Sometimes distance is difficult on other family members. We were close but far away in Peoria. We knew each other over 30 years but you were a real good father to those girls. You welcomed my husband Jerry into our family and that was important to me.
    Your in a better place now. We’ll see you there

  5. I always felt fortunate to work with Mark over 10 yrs at Orchard Software. He was a great friend during those years.Since I also was a Die Hard Cardinals fan we spent time every day talking about them. We were able to travel to a couple of games and even took some time for Spring Training while on a business trip! He was a great guy!! Janet my prayers are going out to you and the girls. GO CARDS!!!

  6. Dear Girls,

    You are each in my thoughts and prayers as I recount a memory of you and your Dad! Sending my love your way during this time!

  7. Sending deepest condolences and healing thoughts to your family at this time. Caitlin is dating my brother Dominic. We know how losing a young father is, but take solace knowing that the memories will live on forever. -Michaela Neu Barteldt

  8. All our purest prayers are with you and the girls, Janet. Mark was more than a friend, and we miss him terribly. In time, our dark sorrow will pass and we will hold more dear and recognize more fully the light and joy he shared with each of us. We have all been changed for better by our time with Mark, and his legacy will be one of happy smiles, a genuine desire to help others, joyful laughter, and a warm heart.

  9. Janet I cannot begin to understand your loss. Unfortunately I didn’t know Mark as well as most ,but any interaction I had with him he was always so pleasant. Theres no doubt what a great guy was. Please know that you and the girls are in my thoughts and prayers..

  10. Mark was a wonderful supportive colleague, always ready to lend a helping hand, always a smile and a kind word and an ear to listen. I will miss him very much.
    Sending hugs to you and the girls,

  11. I have enjoyed working with Mark over the years. His warm smile and sense of humor will be missed. Warm wishes for the family as you go through the days ahead.

  12. We are so sorry for your loss, Janet. Mark was such a great addition and diligent worker on the PPOA board. He will be greatly missed by all. We are praying for you and your family for God’s strength and comfort during this difficult time.

    Linda and Mel Sprouse

  13. We were so saddened by Marks passing. He was always such a friendly man and such a loving father and grandpa. He is still with us as long as he remains in our hearts and thoughts.

  14. I am just heartbroken to hear of the passing of such a great guy. Curtis and I are definitely praying for all those he left behind. Thank you Mark for all the smiles, laughs, Witt and candor that only you could provide. You will truly be missed by all Warfield’s near and far.

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