Lansing, NY

July 7, 1952 – January 31, 2016

Mark Oliver Holden passed away after a short illness on January 31, 2016, with family at his side.

Mark held a special place in his family and brought much love, laughter and joy.  He loved animals, bowling, dancing at the Haunt, traveling to new places, and was excited to be a volunteer at the SPCA.  Mark loved being part of any practical joke and could never keep any secret.  Anyone he met became one of his buddies, and if you were ever lucky enough to meet him, you knew he never met a stranger, but made new friends everywhere he went.

Mark had a huge family; the family he was born into, his family at Unity House (where he resided for the past 30 years), as well as the family of many friends he made along his path.  He also enjoyed his work at Challenge Industries for many years.  Mark lived life joyfully and left peacefully.

Mark is a son of Joan Holden and the late DeWayne “Bud” Holden.  In addition to his mother, he leaves behind his siblings, James Holden of Lansing, Jeff and Vicki Holden of Lansing, Joel Holden and Karen Holden of Littleton, CO; special friends, Deb and Kristen Beyea and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Unity House, 15 Catherwood Dr., Suite 2, Ithaca, NY 14850, or Challenge Industries, 950 Danby Rd., Ithaca, NY, 14850.

Family will be present to receive friends on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, from 6 -8pm at Lansing Funeral Home, 32 Auburn Rd., Lansing, NY.