Mark Shepard
September 12, 1956 - May 7, 2016
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James Sayles left a message on May 10, 2016:
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. How Shakespeare knew how to describe the bond with which the Class of 1974 feels is impossible to tell. All I know is that I have not seen Shep in years but at his passing, I feel a piece of that band of brothers is missing. I remember Shep arriving in Mason City in 1972 from Valparaiso, Indiana (I hope the memory is holding). A quiet non-assuming tall kid with nearly white hair. When he stepped onto the football field that year, he upped my game a lot. Sprints now became a competition as Shep always brought his “A” game. My lazy ass got pushed and I was better for it. Shep was the best wide-out I ever played with. Moves that left defenders like a statue. Speed that let him be found alone behind the secondary often. And most important for me, just when I needed it, he’d be there with a block that made me look good. He was also the best blocking wide-out I ever played with. I have a rock in my stomach today, but know that he is up there waiting to throw a block for me. I know I’ll need it. Rest in Peace Brother. God Bless your family. I’ll see you soon.
Sue Balek left a message on May 10, 2016:
We are so sorry to hear about Mark. We remember how proud his parents were to have Mark for a son. We worked with his Mother, Mary Shepard, for many years at Mercy in Mason City and would like an address for Mary to send her a card.
Greenlawn left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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