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“I just learned of the passing of Mr Mark Block. He was such a positive influence to the kids he taught at Saydel. His knowledge was passed on to so...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Karen Clark - DSM, IA - Friend

“If the measure of a man is his positive influence on others, Mark, "Blocker," was as good as one gets. Also, given the immortality of a...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Ronald Huber - Ankeny, IA

“My sympathies to all the family, I thought a lot of Mark being a fellow classmate of 70 from Renwick BV high school. May God give you comfort and...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Deb Tilton - Livermore, IA

“So sorry to hear about Mark passing away. I hope the passage at James 1:13 will be a comfort to the family in this difficult time. ”
4 of 10 | Posted by: A friend

“Audra and Maia:I'm so sorry to hear you have lost your father at too young of an age. Mark was a carrying, loving father to you two girls. He loved...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Susan Davis - Adel, IA - Friend

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
6 of 10 | Posted by: Angus Lehman - Urbandale, IA

7 of 10 | Posted by: Connie Lehman - Urbandale, IA

“Mark was a friend and colleague at AHS. He alsodid an impression of Dan Aykroyed (as Elwood Blues) that was unmatched. He will be greatly missed. ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: Mark Maffett - West Des Moines, IA

“I am very sorry to learn in the passing of Mr. Block~ May he rest in loving peace and the cherished memories forever be held close in heart ~ My...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Roxane Fontana - Ankeny, IA

“Mark made a positive difference in people's lives, and will be remembered as a great human being. ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: Steven Culp - Quincy, IL

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Mark Block, 67, of Ankeny passed away in his sleep due to a cardiac event March 17, 2019 at home.

A visitation will be held at Memorial Services of Iowa 5-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 27th. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 28th at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny.

Mark was born March 10th 1952 to Claus Arnold (Arnie) and Ivabelle (Ivy) Block in Great Lakes, Illinois. He lived in California, Hawaii, and Washington as a young child before his dad retired as a Lt. Commander in the Navy and moved the family to Renwick Iowa, where Mark spent most of his childhood. Mark attended the University of Northern Iowa where he obtained a degree in education and met his first wife, Donna Wolf. They were married for 30 years and raised two daughters.
Mark enjoyed a 42 year career as an Industrial Technology teacher, and most of that time was spent in the Ankeny Community School District.

He is survived by his two daughters, Audra (Ryan) Doak of Ankeny and Maia (Nick) Wallace of Waukee, and six grandchildren, Rowan, Ashlyn, Austin, Archer, James and Ivy. Mark is also survived by his sister Lynne (Harlan) Hickock of Largo, FL and their daughter Haley. Mark will be missed by many other family, friends, former students, and his significant other, Debra Mock. Preceding him in death were his parents, Arnie and Ivy Block.

Memorials may be directed to the Mark Block Scholarship Fund, which is set up at Veridian Credit Union.