April 4, 2023 at 3:44 p.m.
Mark Henry Meyer, 85, of Melrose, died peacefully surrounded by friends and family March 25, 2023.
Mark was born Aug. 13, 1937, in Melrose, the son of John and Eleanor (Uhlenkott) Meyer. He was the second youngest of eight siblings.
Mark attended William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. He married Barbara (Heckler) in 1959. He practiced law in Cold Spring and then in Melrose, in 1964. He enjoyed playing the saxophone professionally during his college years and singing later in life at parties and ALS fundraisers. Mark loved sailing, golfing, fishing, hunting and music. Throughout his 30-year battle with ALS, Mark always kept a positive attitude and never complained. As his ALS progressed, he adapted his lifestyle and found new interests. He got involved in Melrose Area Public Schools organizations, book clubs, astronomy groups, and in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, Grace Arts Live Theater and Friends of the Library.
Mark loved planning gatherings with family and friends, complete with the menu and music. He quickly made connections with people wherever he went and always had a new book or article to share. Mark was a source of knowledge in so many subjects. He was an inspiration to his family and friends. Our problems seemed small compared to what he had to deal with daily, and yet he was the one solving issues for those around him. He was an enormous part of our lives, and he will leave a large void in our hearts.
Mark is survived by his three daughters, Leah (Don Weirens), Paula (Roy) Vatsveen and Fran; his significant other, Meg Matchinsky; his caregiver, Connie Lozano; and four siblings Donald (Gerry), William (Calista), Jack (JoAnn) and Ann.
He was proceeded in death by his parents, John and Eleanor Meyer; his wife, Barbara; his siblings, Mary, Jim and Janet.
A celebration of life will be planned later this year.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the ALS Association of Minnesota or Grace Arts Live Performing Arts Theater in Lake Havasu City.