Mark Skelton

01/26/1970 –


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  • Visitation
Date: 03/13/2020
Time: 6:00 pm
 – 7:30 pm
  • Funeral Service
Date: 03/14/2020
Time: 10:00 am
 – 11:00 am


Mark Skelton, age 50, passed away on March 11, 2020. The family will host a time of fellowship and remembrance from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm on Friday, March 13, 2020, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. We will celebrate his life of 50 years at 10:00 am on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at Lake Ridge Chapel. Friends are invited to share memories and expressions of sympathy for the family to cherish in the area below the obituary.

Mark started life different than most, and he decided to come two months early, much to the surprise of all. Such was not an easy task in 1970. Starting life a little early did not deter Mark – it only made him stronger and maybe somewhat of an independent soul. In high school, Mark was an excellent athlete, an all-district center as a matter of fact, and a fantastic student who was a National Merit Scholar finalist.

Mark attended Abilene Christian University, where he met the love of his life and wife, Margaret. After graduating from ACU in 1992 and getting married to Margaret, he attended Baylor Law School.

Mark’s greatest joy came in October of 2006 when his son, Lincoln, was born. More than anything else, Mark was made to be a father, and he enjoyed it immensely. Mark and Lincoln had many adventures and many science experiments and always excelled at having a great time.
Mark loved the outdoors, upland bird hunting, four-wheelers, Colorado, all things technological, and football. The passion for the former came from his father, but he got his love of football from his mother.

Mark would like to let you know that his work here is done. He received a summons, a Motion of sorts that could not be denied, for an engagement from which he will not be returning. This assignment comes with many rights and privileges, a reunion with family and friends he has not seen in a long time, perfect health and wonderful weather, and a Heavenly Father who will watch over him. His new undertaking takes him to a glorious place where he will be riding four-wheelers through majestic mountains and picnicking by crystal streams. He will take long hikes with many, many Labrador Retrievers who will always come when he calls. Mark left specific directives, the lawyer in him might call them “rulings,” for his family and friends including, but certainly not limited to, showing kindness towards all and to love your neighbor as yourself. These should be followed explicitly.

Mark is survived by his beloved wife, Margaret, his adored son, Lincoln, his parents, Don and Kay Skelton, and his brother and sister in law Scott and Sheila Skelton, and their daughters Lauren Ford, her husband Russell, and Allison. He will forever be in our hearts and by our side until we meet again.

We appreciate any and all acts of kindness on our family’s behalf, especially your thoughts and prayers.


The family of Mark Skelton has designated the Abilene Christian University, Gift Records, ACU Box 29132, Abilene, Texas 79699, In the memo line, please write: “Mark Skelton Scholarship Fund” In the memo line, please write: “Mark Skelton Scholarship Fund,” Call Gift Records at 325-674-2612 or toll-free at 800-588-1514, <>, on this webpage, check the “other” designation, which will allow you to then type in “Mark Skelton Scholarship Fund,” for memorial contributions donated in his memory.


17 thoughts on “Mark Skelton”

  1. Don & Kay, We were so sorry to learn of your great loss. Please know your in our thoughts and prayers. May your precious memories bring you comfort and joy knowing you raised a Godly son. Please know that so many others are with you during this difficult and sorrowful time. Rusty & Aline Brigman

  2. Rosario Peralez-Cowher

    I am deeply saddened by the loss of Mr. Skelton. I had the pleasure and honor of working With him in the Child Protection Court – Gaines County and Dawson County. Most recently, I again had the pleasure of working with him in Midland County. Mark was always a gentleman. He was professional while maintaining a cheerful attitude. He will be truly missed and I include him and the family in my prayers. Rosario M. Peralez-Cowher (Fort Stockton, TX)

  3. I am so saddened by his passing. We just had lunch after court last Friday with him. So surreal he is gone. I will always remember him and his turtle teen. Yes, he pressured me to take her turtle on the plane with me and her. As a joke I gave him a tie with a turtle on it.
    CPS Caseworker, Sherry Mitchell

  4. I had the privilege and honor of sharing a court room and duties of watching over many children with Mark Skelton over the past 7 + years.

    He was one of the first attorneys to give me a chance to learn my job, prove myself, and earn trust.

    He was always mutually professional and respectful towards me and trusted my work, even when on opposing sides.

    I will miss his valiant fight for the children and teens that have been blessed to have him as their voice.

    I will miss his introductory “so the problem is…” in pretty much every conversation with him.

    I will miss his quick wit.

    We lost a very knowledgeable and respected attorney and human yesterday.

    There will be a huge void in Dawson and Gaines County CPS courtrooms.

    My heart is so very sad.

    Prayers to the family.

  5. I’ve had the honor of knowing Mark for the past 7 years.

    He sure knew how to liven up a courtroom, and he will be missed so much in Dawson County and Howard County. Please know that he served his children well in those counties, and he always fought for them with heart and conviction.

    I will miss his crazy stories and humor, and I will miss the fun he brought to our group lunches on court days.

    Prayers to his family and friends.

  6. Don & Kay & family, I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Mark. Knowing and loving you for more than sixty years and serving with Kay on the ACU Board has been a real blessing to me. I can’t even imagine the pain of losing a son at such a young age. I will be there, in spirit, with you during this difficult time. Blessings, my dear friends.

  7. All,
    We are dealing with a death in our family as well this weekend. Otherwise I would be there to give you a hug. It is unfathomable pain to loose a son father and husband so soon in life. God loves you all and will enjoy having a Skelton in heaven to tell new new jokes!
    Byron and Cindy Brown

  8. Lynnette Lunsford Boriack

    Margaret, I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m grieving deeply with you as mourn and praying for your comfort in the upcoming months. I know you were loved!

  9. Vicki & Greg Oliver

    We are so saddened to know of your loss. We know our God is with you and your family. I can’t imagine any words that take away the pain. I do know the Great Physician and He promised to be with you wherever you may be. I pray you can feel His presence?

  10. Sheri Todd Hodge

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and close friends. May God bless you all with a peace that only comes from Him.

  11. What a terrible loss. We know you were neither ready nor prepared to lose your beloved Mark. Please accept our love and what ever comfort we can share. I will always remember the glory days of the Yellow Jackets and how involved Kay was in getting us all pumped up for the games while encouraging us to squeeze in time to put up our Christmas trees. Cherish the memories, Kay and Don. Love from Jack and Cynthia

  12. Kristy Van Zee Goodwin

    What a beautiful tribute to Mark; that he is in heaven surrounded by loved ones and his cherished pups. I’m so sorry for your loss and the hole left in your hearts and your world. Praying for you all.

  13. Mark and I haven’t seen each other since 1988. We grew up together in Denison, TX. My memories of his smile and jovial laugh are still as strong today as they were then. Though we were not close personal friends, Mark was someone I liked and called a friend nonetheless. He always seemed full of life and seemed to be force for positivity. My heart hurts for the family as I know he will be missed greatly. I pray for their peace and comfort knowing that Mark is with his heavenly Father.

  14. Marina Johnston

    Margaret and Lincoln, we are deeply sorrowful with both of you! We want you to know that we love you are praying for you. What a beautiful tribute to Mark’s life! He was such a good husband and father! We hope that you can find God’s love and comfort during this time. Please, accept our sincere condolences!l
    In Him,
    Glen, Marina, Alexandra, Anton and Andrei Johnston

  15. Mark was a great friend to me in high school as a newcomer… We played offensive line together and he helped me learn the game. I appreciated him very much. My condolences.

  16. Stephanie Baxley Matthews

    So sorry to hear of the loss of a fellow Yellowjacket and wonderful person. Prayers for the entire Skelton families.

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