Mark Joseph Authier, 72, passed away Monday, April 5, 2021 from COVID-19, surrounded by his family who loved him so dearly. He was born on May 12, 1948 to the late Leo and Agnes (Franks) Authier. On November 21, 1970 he married Cheryl Funke and they were blessed to share 50 happy years together.
Mark served honorably in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. He worked as a child support specialist for the State of Michigan. Mark was a former board of education member for Meridian Public Schools and served as Commander of the Sanford American Legion Post 443 for several years. He served his country, his community, and his church faithfully.
If you were a Little League ball player, a veteran, a Meridian grad, or a music lover, Mark was probably one of your favorite people. His kids joked that all around town they would hear, “Mark’s your dad? I love that guy!”
Growing up in Detroit, Mark found a passion for music and radio. He once played drums for Stevie Wonder at a roller-rink and he serenaded school gyms full of adoring fans as a drummer for The Royal Ramadas. He enjoyed many years of disc jockeying on the radio and at school dances, and the weddings and reunions of family and friends. His big radio voice was one of the most distinct things about him.
Mark also loved baseball and the Detroit Tigers. He coached, managed, umpired and was a die-hard fan of the game.
But Mark was never happier than when he was surrounded by his big, boisterous family. He loved nothing more than to squeeze into the living room with the whole crew and tell stories and jokes. He would often remark to Cheryl, after all the kids left, “That was the best day.” He was so proud of his family.
There was no one else like him. His bursting joy, and his fierce dedication to the people and causes he loved will be missed. His smiles, songs, bad jokes, long wedding toasts, and wise advice are written on the hearts of everyone who ever had the good fortune to cross his path. If you were lucky enough to be on this Earth in the age of Mark Authier and never met him, boy howdy, did you miss out. May his strength and his spirit live on in all of us.
Mark is survived by his wife Cheryl, children Michelle (Doug) Becker, Renee (James) Farison, Kristin (Troy) Emerson, Adam (Sarah Overkamp) Authier, Annie (Michael) Spence and grandchildren Scarlett and Evangeline Becker, David and Reagan Farison, Allison, Jenna, and Kenny Emerson, Ryan, Emily, Brandon, and Justin Authier, Walden and Isaac Spence, and great grandchild, Carter Richey. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Mary (Larry) LeBlanc, nieces Amanda O’Dell, Jodie Risnes, and Megan Koniecny, and his nephews Tim and Rob Authier and niece Melanie Plezia. Along with his parents he was predeceased by his brother, Keith Authier.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial will be held at a later date at the American Legion Post 443. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Sanford American Legion Post 443 Veterans’ Fund.
Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Authier family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.