Mark Bacon, of Maple Grove formerly of Stanchfield, passed away on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 after a long battle with Melanoma Cancer. He was 46 years old.
A FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, October 27, 2008 at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church of Braham with Fr. Zimmer officiating. VISITATION will be from 5-7 pm on Sunday, October 26th at the church with a 7pm prayer service & one hour prior to the service at church on Monday. INTERMENT will be at 3:00 pm at the St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Maple Grove.
Mark Todd Bacon, of Maple Grove, formerly of Braham, passed away on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 after a long battle with Melanoma. He was 46 years old.
Mark was born June 17, 1962 to parents Kenneth & Pearl (Giffrow) Bacon in Cambridge, Minnesota. He attended and graduated from Braham High School in 1981 and went on to Mesabi Junior College in Virginia, MN. Mark transferred to the University of North Dakota where he was a defensive lineman for the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux Football Team. Mark graduated with degrees in physical education and recreation.
While at UND Mark met Susan Heidt and on June 29, 1991 they were married in St. Cloud, MN. Together they moved to Maple Grove, where Mark was a residential construction contractor and started and operated Bacon Brothers Construction. Mark then went on to work as a sale representative, selling building products throughout Minnesota. Mark also designed a kickstand plate and obtained a patent for the Groundhog kickstand plate for motorcycles which he manufactured in his garage.
Mark was a true outdoorsman. He loved hunting, fishing, 4-wheeling, snowmobiling, and enjoying the outdoors with family and friends. His greatest loves were his property on Lake of the Woods, where he would ice fish with his family and friends, and goose hunting in Rose Valley, Saskatchewan. Mark’s other passions included painting wildlife scenes, telling stories thru video, and authoring several short children’s stories.
Mark has been a lifelong member of the Braham Sportsman’s Club and served as both Vice President and President and sat on the Board of Directors. He is also a member of the UND Fighting Sioux Club and Football Alumni. Mark and Sue are members of the St. Bartholomew’s Catholic Church of Wayzata. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
Mark is survived by his wife Susan; mother Pearl Bacon of Braham; brothers Michael (Laurie) Bacon of Braham, Melvin (Karie) Bacon of Stanchfield and Matthew (Melissa Nelson) Bacon of Cambridge; nieces Casinda (Mike) Langseth, Nicole Bacon, Natalie Bacon, Alexis Nelson, Kayla Jordan, Jessi Jordan, Paige Jordan, Riviera Wock, and Harmony Wock; nephews Dustin (Jennifer) Bacon, Anthony Bacon and Lance Heidt; grandniece Braelyn Bacon; and many other relatives and friends.
Mark is preceded in death by his father Kenneth Bacon; father-in-law Rudy Heidt; grandparents Harry & Angie Giffrow and Lemuel & Minnie Bacon.
A Funeral Mass was held on Monday, October 27, 2008 at the Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church of Braham, with Celebrant Father Zimmer. Music was provided by Joni Nelson. Casket bearers are Gary Lidke, Al Jensen, Tim Mattson, Levi Lidke, Kevin Hansen, Bob Alstrom, Brian Peterson, Dave Tomlinson, Kevin Morgan and Bob Anderson. Honorary Casket bearers were the Fighting Sioux Football Alumni. Interment will be in the Saint Patrick’s Cemetery of Maple Grove. Arrangements by Rock-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Braham, MN. www.aifuneralhome.com