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Obituaries

MARK E KENNEDY

August 14, 1957 - June 26, 2020

No celebration of life is planned at this time, given travel difficulties and governmental restrictions in place. In memory of Mark’s life, please make a donation to the Brevard Humane Society, Merritt Island FL Adoption Center, or the charity of your choice.

Kennedy, Mark Evans, 62, Cape Canaveral, FL, passed away on June 26, 2020 after a nine-month battle with cancer.

Mark was born on August 14, 1957 in Galesburg, IL, and was the son of Rodney E. Kennedy and Barbara E. Kennedy, both of whom preceded Mark in death. He is survived by his loving partner of 17 years, Krista Mattson, of Cape Canaveral, FL; also, Krista’s son, Jeremy Lancaster and wife Morgan of Bunnell, FL, grandchildren Dakota Lancaster of Cumberland, MD, and Chance Lancaster, Maci and McKinnon Ruggiero of Bunnell FL. Mark is also survived by his younger brother, Steve Kennedy, his wife Susan and son Cameron, of Plano, TX.

Growing up in Galesburg, Mark was actively involved in sports, playing (and later serving as public announcer for) youth baseball, golf at Lake Bracken, and hanging out with many neighbors on Arcadia Drive, cousins, and other childhood friends. He later was a staff member of the Budget high school student newspaper, Student Council, and varsity golf teams at GHS, graduating in 1975 as President of both the National Honor Society, and the Interclub of student organization leaders.

Mark attended the University of Illinois, graduating with an Economics degree in 1979, and forming many lifelong friendships as a member of Delta Upsilon Fraternity. After college he took advantage of his natural leadership and sales abilities, becoming a sales account executive at many technology companies over the years, and forming his own equipment leasing company, eventually settling on Florida’s Space Coast.

There he met Krista, who was with Mark through many great years together, but also by his side through some difficult weeks and months near the end of his life. As throughout Mark’s entire life, through illness, treatments, and surgeries, he always maintained his gentleness and terrific sense of humor until the end of his journey. Mark was also an amazing big brother and mentor to Steve growing up, and fantastic Uncle to Steve and Susan’s son, Cameron, always taking interest in his sports and school activities, and budding career as a homebuilder in Dallas.