• Office Nomads Gathering for Jonathan: Time TBD

    Jun 23, 2020, 5:00 PM US/Eastern

    Volunteer Park South Lily Pond, Seattle, WA, USA

    His co-working colleagues from Office Nomads are planning to gather safely in his memory at Volunteer Park on Tuesday, June 23rd at 5 pm at the South Lily Pond in Volunteer Park (it's the one closest to the water tower).  They'll be there for 20-30 minutes if anyone wants to join us. We are asking everyone to please wear a mask. Folks can call Susan directly if they need help finding the location - 206-484-5859.

  • Online Memorial for Jonathan Mark

    Jun 20, 2020, 11:00 AM US/Pacific


    Please join us in remembering Jonathan and celebrating his life. Jonathan's memorial will be held online via Zoom. Everyone is invited to attend.

    There will be a program led by Seattle Insight Meditation Society guiding teacher Tuere Sala from 11am - 12pm. We will open the Zoom call at 10:45am so everyone can have time to join the call, make sure their technology is working, and enjoy a slideshow of photos of Jonathan with music. After the program, we will also leave the Zoom call open for any who wish to stay and share stories or memories of Jonathan. Please feel free to attend wearing whatever you feel most comfortable in (Jonathan never enjoyed dressing up!).

    You can use this link to attend the memorial, using the password "jonathan":

    This is the program for the service:

    Jonathan Mark’s Memorial Ceremony 
    June 20, 202011:00AM – 12:00PM Seattle, WA

    Opening Bell

    Welcome                      Tuere Sala, Officiant    
    The Quiet Listeners by Laura Foley
    Go into the woods
    and tell your story
    to the trees.
    They are wise
    standing in their folds of silence
    among white crystals of rock
    and dying limbs.
    And they have time.
    Time for the swaying of leaves,
    the floating down,
    the dust.
    They have time for gathering
    and holding the earth about their feet.
    Do this.
    It is something I have learned.
    How they will bend down to you
    so softly.
    They will bend down to you
    and listen.

    Celebration of Life (Eulogy)
    Ian Lance Taylor
    Holly Davis Borrero
    Irene Marie Sakson

     "The Way It Is" by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer. 
    Over and over we break
    open, we break and
    we break and we open.
    For a while, we try to fix
    the vessel—as if
    to be broken is bad.
    As if with glue and tape
    and a steady hand we
    might bring things to perfect
    again. As if they were ever
    perfect. As if to be broken is not
    also perfect. As if to be open
    is not the path toward joy.

    The vase that’s been shattered
    and cracked will never
    hold water. Eventually
    it will leak. And at some
    point, perhaps, we decide
    that we’re done with picking
    our flowers anyway, and no
    longer need a place to contain them
    We watch them grow just
    as wildflowers do—unfenced,
    unmanaged, blossoming only
    when they’re ready—and mygod,
    how beautiful they are amidst
    the mounting pile of shards.
    Ritual of Impermanence

    All things are impermanent
    They arise and pass away
    To be one with this truth
    Brings happiness

    Saying Good-Bye

    We will now all say good-bye to Jonathan.  When you hear your name called, simply say “Good-bye Jonathan”.

    Lovingkindness Chant
    May you be filled with Lovingkindness
    May you be well
    May you be peaceful and at ease
    May you be happy

    Closing Bell* 

    *This Zoom Call will remain open for anyone wishing to stay and share stories or memories of Jonathan

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Irene Sakson

Jonathan Mark

We created a GatheringUs memorial to celebrate the life of Jonathan H. Mark. Please feel free to share photos, stories, and memories of Jonathan. As we plan virtual gatherings, we will post invites. Thank you for contributing to this lasting memorial.

Jonathan Henry Mark of Seattle, Washington died at home on June 1, 2020 after almost two years of living with glioblastoma. He was 56. Jonathan was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His love of computer programming...  see more
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  • Kathy Rehfield-Pelles
    I was Jonathan's math and computer science teacher in high school at Cambridge Rindge and Latin. Of course, he was brilliant then too, and I was lucky to keep one step ahead of him (and his group of brilliant friends Ian and Wati and his sister...  more
  • Susan Alotrico
    I often sat near Jonathan at SIMS. He was always generous, accepting and kind. I never heard him talk about aches and pains of sitting, though as he managed the AV he had to move back and forth from a cross legged position to kneeling and back to his...  more
  • Saul Carliner
    I met Jonathan through Donna, and would see him on their visits to Boston when I lived there, and my visits to Seattle. I remember him as a gentle giant (though anyone would see like a giant to me), a lover of espresso, someone who was committed to...  more
    Jonathan H. Mark - GatheringUs Online Memorial
  • John Rae-Grant
    Of all my group of friends from Microsoft who I am still in touch with, Jonathan is the first one I met. He was in the adjacent office, and, though we were all pretty heads down during work time (at least at first), I had lots of interaction with Jon,...  more
  • Rogers Weed
    It was a pleasure to live right down the street from Jonathan for many years. For me, he will always be the "leaf guy," because it felt like he was raking the leaves from those giant trees around his house for the majority of the year! He will be missed.
  • Iris Antman
    I was a friend of Jonathan's through SIMS. He was always kind, gentle, helpful and humble, no pretense. It was a privilege to know him and I miss his beautiful presence in our sangha.
  • Ian Lance Taylor
    Ian Lance Taylor added 1 photo(s) to the memorial Jonathan H. Mark:
    • Ian Lance Taylor
      Ian Lance Taylor This is Jonathan in 1985, as a senior in college.The front of his shirt says "P = NP?" The back
    • Ian Lance Taylor
      Ian Lance Taylor says "I don't know and I don't care" (a computer science joke).
      • June 19, 2020
  • Kristen Russell
    Jonathan was so many things --- sweet, smart, fun-loving -- but I will always remember him for his unfailing kindness. Over the years, our times spent together on family adventures often resulted in Aidan being the odd man out, since Irene and Kayleigh...  more
  • Donna Sakson
    Rick Rhoads asked that I share some of his memories of Jonathan. They spent over 32 full days together sailing the Cassandra.

    " Jonathan was the best shipmate anyone could have. We sailed a small boat 80 miles from Seattle to Orcas Island every...  more
  • Irene Sakson
    Thank you to Susan Dorsch from Office Nomads for sharing this lovely remembrance of Jonathan.

    Remembering Jonathan Mark

    We have sad news to share: our friend and long-time member Jonathan Mark passed away earlier this month. Many of you who have been...  more