Mark Fisher passed away suddenly on the morning of September 4, 2018. He was the best friend and husband of Kathleen, devoted father to Maggie, Will, Mallory, and Nathan, and grandfather to Mabel.
Born prematurely at 3.5 pounds in Spokane, Washington, his mother was told that he would likely face a host of developmental problems. Defying that prediction, Mark received a PhD. from the University of Illinois in Biochemistry. From there he would do a post-doc at the National Institutes of Health, and later become a professor of Biochemistry at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He was a mentor to all students pursuing science, a beloved colleague, an avid cyclist, and gardener.
Mark lit up every room he entered and frequently said that we are surrounded by life even if we can’t see or hear it. His belief was that when he died he would become part of the overwhelming brilliance of a universe that constantly fascinated him. His death leaves us devastated but we will look for him in the brightest star, the gentlest breeze, the stillness of a lake.
He leaves his mother, Thelma, and sister, Vicki, to mourn his loss as well as extended family, friends and colleagues across the world.
Visitation will be Wednesday, September 12 at 9:00 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier, 1001 E. 52nd St., Kansas City, Missouri. The funeral will begin at 10:00 a.m. Donations in Mark’s name can be made to Bike MS: Kansas City 2018.