Mark R. Harris

November 18, 2023
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Mark Harris Obituary

Mark R. Harris, 59, of Mowry, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 18, after demonstrating exceptional resilience in the face of lung cancer, all while surrounded by his loved ones.

Born on Aug. 13, 1964, at Ashland Hospital, to Carolyn (Bloch) Harris and the late Harry Harris. Mark dedicated over 20 years of his life to Universal Forest Products, where he held various roles, including Supervisor.

Mark possessed a remarkable talent for woodworking, devoting his recent years to crafting custom orders that spanned multiple states. His most sought-after creations were his immaculate sheds. In his youth, Mark enjoyed dirt bike and quad racing in New York and New Jersey, with a special fondness for the Flying Dutchmen track in Pine Grove. Among his many interests, he had a passion for car mechanics and cherished spending time with his numerous animals, particularly his cats, Kitty and Jake.

Mark is survived by his life partner, Traci, and his mother, Carolyn. He leaves behind his sons, Cody and Devin, both residing in Schuylkill County; stepdaughters, Aliah (Christopher), Scranton, and Rachel (Josh), Bethlehem; siblings, Keith M. Julio (Cindy), Pine Grove, Gerald L. (Mel), Ashland, Robin (Joseph), Gordon, Ruthann (Bruce), Erdman, William (Tammy), Hegins, and Timothy; brother-in-law, Carl Zerbe, Valley View; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, and others also mourn his passing.

Mark is preceded in death by his father, Harry, and his sister, Cathy Zerbe.

In addition to his many talents, Mark will be remembered for his unwavering kindness, which touched the lives of many.

A Celebration of Life will be scheduled at the family's convenience, with arrangements entrusted to the Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, Ashland. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to assist with medical expenses and family support. Contributions can be made directly to, honoring Mark’s legacy. 

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