Mark Cressler Tate

Mark Cressler Tate

Dec. 20, 1978 – Oct. 24, 2022

Mark Cressler Tate, 43, passed away Oct. 24, 2022, doing one of his favorite things, riding in his pickup. He was born Dec. 20, 1978, in Casper and soon after was adopted by John and Irene Tate of Manderson. 

Mark was an avid outdoorsman as soon as he was able. Hunting, fishing and snowboarding were some of his favorites. 

In 1997 Mark graduated from Riverside High School in Basin. He served in the Wyoming Army National Guard (1996 – 2000), took a few classes at Northwest College in Powell and worked at laying concrete. His pride in his concrete work was the downtown area in Thermopolis. 

He had many great experiences, some of which were naming his little brother, working at a wilderness camp for wayward youth in the boundary waters of Minnesota (lots of good fishing and canoeing), shooting the tail off a deer, sailing the Alaska inland passage with his grandpa Keith, shooting an elk and two big mule deer bucks, feeding his family with many of his hunting season gatherings and helping rebuild and lay concrete at the Powell bowling alley. 

Mark was a huge Chicago Bears fan, especially after the team won the Super Bowl in 1985. He enjoyed collecting many Bears’ memorabilia. He was a fan of the music of the late ‘90s, such as “Nirvana,” and remembered the words to the songs even after his accident in 2000. 

After coming out of the coma from the accident, he lived in group homes in Riverton, Sheridan, Evanston and Powell, where he built many strong friendships. He loved attending church and singing the old hymns and praise songs. 

Mark is survived by his parents of Basin, sister Jana (Bobby) Bain of Covina, California, brother Kyle Tate of Seattle, two nephews, a niece, a great-niece, a great-nephew as well as many other loving relatives and friends. 

He was predeceased by his beloved maternal grandparents, Keith and Pauline Fowler, and his paternal grandparents, Russell and Jeanette Tate. 

Cremation has taken place. Services will be Jan. 7, 2023, in Lovell at 1:30 p.m. at the Lovell Bible Church and Jan. 14 in Greybull at 1:30 p.m. at the Greybull Alliance Church.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Northern Inc. (the last group home in which Mark lived), PO Box 847, Powell, WY 82435.