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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.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at the American Legion Post 443, Sanford, MI.  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.

Condolence Messages

  1. Scott Davis

    14 April 2021 2 months ago

    My condolence to the entire family. Mark sounds like a wonderful man and someone who will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.

  2. Ron Stiltner

    11 April 2021 2 months ago

    My prayers go out to the family. Mark and I grew up on the same street and wound up both being drummers and playing in the same band for several years. He always cracked me up. So many funny stories. Mark was a genuine person, kind and thoughtful. He will be missed by many.

  3. David Roller

    11 April 2021 2 months ago

    Sorry for your loss Authier Family. Mark was an awesome man he will be greatly missed. My prayers are with you.

  4. Cheryl Fuller

    10 April 2021 2 months ago

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Mark’s family are in my thoughts and prayers. He was a very special person and I was fortunate to have worked with him.

  5. Ellen Durnan

    10 April 2021 2 months ago

    I worked with Mark in the Child Support program. Mark was respected and loved by everyone. He was always a happy snd kind soul. My sympathy goes out to all of his family

  6. Rebecca Buza

    09 April 2021 2 months ago

    I will miss Mark very much. Although ours was a professional relationship (Ieuter Insurance), I considered him a dear friend. I enjoyed our time together and hearing all about his family. I am Blessed to have known him.

  7. Jorge Herrera

    09 April 2021 2 months ago

    My Deepest Sympathy on your loss know that you are in my thoughts and prayers

  8. Rev. John Pohanka

    09 April 2021 2 months ago

    For many of us, our lives are greater and better because we knew and worked with Mark. Our loss is the Lord’s gain.

  9. Geoffrey and Sheila Rettig

    08 April 2021 3 months ago

    Cheryl and Family,
    Our deepest sympathies to you and all the children of your loving brood; the loss of your husband and Dad is being felt throughout the community at his passing. He was one of the finest men I ever met. He loved ypu all so, and was so proud to give me run down of what everyone was doing when we would meet up after his “retirement”. The love was so apparent and overwhelming; he loved you all so much. His spirit and love lives on in all of you and in the hearts of so many. God bless you and your families and keep on rockin’ to his backbeat. We will all miss him in so many ways

  10. Candace MacGillivery

    08 April 2021 3 months ago

    After reading the obituary, I wish I had met Mark. Sounds like he was a wonderful person. Adam, I am so sorry for the loss of Mark and my thoughts go out to you and your family.

  11. nicole wilson-fennell

    08 April 2021 3 months ago

    Adam and family, so sorry for Mark’s passing. May you be comforted by family, friends and fond memories.
    Nicole Wilson-Fennell and the Schoolcraft College Student Relations team

  12. Cheryl Snyder

    08 April 2021 3 months ago

    Please accept my sincere condolences.
    I believe from reading about Adam’s father, I understand where Adam got some of his wonderful personality!
    My thoughts are with you, Adam, and your entire family.

  13. Debbie Waskevich

    08 April 2021 3 months ago

    Praying that great memories will help ease the ache of your loss. Mark was a great person that ALWAYS had a smile to share. I feel blessed to have had the pleasure of knowing him.

  14. Deb and Mike Stark

    08 April 2021 3 months ago

    I loved working with Mark! always had a joke to make a person smile! He loved his Lord and now is in his loving arms. Love and prayers to all the family!

  15. Meg Messmer

    08 April 2021 3 months ago

    Mr. Authier- you’ve built such a legacy with your family. You touched everyone you met with your positivity and acceptance. Thank you for your wonderful life.

  16. Lynda Bartlett

    07 April 2021 3 months ago

    My heart goes out to all of you Mark was an incredible guy with a heart bigger than life❤️ Always had a smile on his face and joke in his pocket, a true guy right here… R.I.P my friend

  17. Diane Strope

    07 April 2021 3 months ago

    I am sorry for the family’s loss. Mark was one of the best people I’ve ever known. He will be missed by anyone who knew him.

  18. Diane Strope

    07 April 2021 3 months ago

    So sorry for your loss. Mark was one of the best people I’ve ever known.

  19. Sarah m Schultz

    07 April 2021 3 months ago

    Such a wonderful person and he made everyone he met laugh.

  20. Donna Barto

    07 April 2021 3 months ago

    You are in my thoughts and prayers and he will be forever missed

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