Lindal Lee Mark died on his 94th birthday, June 15, 2022, after preaching his last sermon the previous Sunday. Memorial services will be held at Gudgell Park Community of Christ Church in Independence, Mo., this Saturday, July 23 at 3 p.m. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Doris, his sons, Richard Mark (Pam) and Greg Mark (Cheryl), his brother Dale Mark (Billie), eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Christ Church’s Gudgell Park Community Neighborhood Youth Outreach Program.
Lindal was born in Oklahoma to Jesse and Thelma (McSwain) Mark on June 15, 1927. Several years later, his family moved to Los Angeles, California, where he and his two younger brothers grew up. His interest in math and science started early and education grew into a lifelong passion. He attended Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa for two years where he played football and ran track, then Columbia University in New York where he earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in chemical engineering. He married his girlfriend from Graceland, Doris Harris in 1951. He was drafted into the United States Army upon completion of his college programs and served in the United States. After serving in the military, Lindal worked for Fluor Corporation in California near his childhood home. In 1967, he took a new job with Jackson County as project manager during the construction of many capital improvements for the county, including Arrowhead Stadium for the Chiefs and Kaufman Stadium for the Royals as well as the stadium infrastructure. Since taking the job in Jackson County, his family has remained in the Independence area. Later jobs included KCP&L and CF Nofsinger, the latter a return to managing chemical engineering projects which he enjoyed.
Lindal was a life member of the Community of Christ Church where he served as an elder and pastor to several congregations. His many interests included singing in the Messiah Choir for over 20 years, painting, golf, cooking, cycling, tennis, skiing, fishing, piano and guitar, reading and technology. He enjoyed exercising to stay healthy and enjoyed competing, even if it was only with himself, trying to become the best he could be.