Mark David Olson, passed away on October 26th, 2023. Born in Illinois on June 24th, 1966, Mark's journey of life was filled with love, laughter, and an unwavering positive outlook on life.
Mark will always be remembered for his dedication to coaching soccer. Throughout the years, he selflessly shared his knowledge and passion for the sport with the local community. Mark coached soccer for the local CYA soccer team and was a part of FC Frederick and Catoctin Girls Varsity Soccer. He brought enthusiasm to every game and practice, leaving a lasting impact on all those he mentored.
In addition to his dedication to soccer, Mark had many other interests. He found the greatest joy in watching all four of his children play the sport he loved and being able to coach each one throughout the years. He was so proud to stand alongside his daughter Megan as she carried on the coaching legacy at Catoctin. At home, Mark loved to relax and listen to his son Noah play the piano.
Mark had a love for photography and it was evident in his constant capturing of moments and taking endless selfies. A coffee enthusiast and food lover at heart, Mark savored every sip and bite. But above all else, Mark cherished his faith, family, and country.
The most significant things in life for Mark were his wife of 33 years, Rachel; their children Megan Heinzl (and husband Brent), Priscilla Gula (and husband Teddy), Caleb Olson (and wife Maddie), and Noah Olson; his mother Blanka Kinek; sister Blanka Garcia (and husband Alex); nephews Gabriel Garcia (and wife Shelby) and their children Danielle and Elizabeth Garcia, and Owen Garcia; as well as his niece Maya Garcia. Also, not to be forgotten his grandpuppies; Maverick, Moose, Ranger, and Night. Their love and support were his greatest sources of strength, and he treasured every moment spent with them.
Mark's faith played a vital role in his life. He was a lifetime member of MorningStar Family Church, where he served as the media and sound technician. Mark's dedication to his church community was unwavering, and he found comfort and solace within its walls. He also made meaningful contributions to the Trinity United Methodist Church of Emmitsburg, which became a second family to him.
Mark's love for his country was immeasurable. Though he did not serve himself, he took immense pride in the service of his son, son-in-laws, and other family members who bravely protected their nation.
His positive outlook on life remained steadfast no matter what challenges came his way. He will be remembered as a shining light, a beacon of hope, and a true embodiment of resilience. His laugh, smile and genuine care for everyone he came in contact with will last more than a lifetime.
His children wanted to share a few of his favorite quotes: "Don't tell me what to do when I'm already doing it," "sounds like a personal problem to me," and "I have nowhere to be, no one to talk to but I gotta go."
To celebrate Mark's life and honor his memory, visitation services will be held at MorningStar Family Church located at 14698 Albert Staub Road in Thurmont, Maryland 21788. The visitation events will take place on November 4, 2023, from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM. A funeral service will follow on November 5, 2023, with visitation starting at 11:00 AM and the service beginning at 12:00 PM at the same location. There will be a private family interment immediately following services.
Memorial Contributions may be made in his name to MorningStar Family Church or visit Morningstarfc.org.