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Mark William Hohlt

August 13, 1955 - December 13, 2020


Mark William HohltMark William Hohlt, age 65, passed away peacefully Dec. 13, 2020 at home in Salem, Oregon. 
He was born Aug. 13, 1955 to Harold and Barbara Nell Hohlt in St. Louis, Missouri. He lived in Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento and Portland before coming to Salem during college.
Mark’s ancestors immigrated from Germany and were founding members of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod. Mark was proud of his family’s ties to the church. Beginning at age 14, he played the organ at church.
The organ was special to Mark. He enjoyed dressing as the phantom of the opera and playing the organ at Halloween. Mark and his husband and partner of 30 years, Jeff Towers, enjoyed holidays, decorations and lights, which made them quite popular in the neighborhood.
Mark was a highly intelligent and creative person. He graduated from Willamette University School of Law and had a successful career working in private practice and for the state of Oregon. He was a 40-year member of MENSA. He was definitely a man of many talents.
Mark enjoyed gardening and collecting parts and accessories for his 1959 Pontiac. His parents bought the car brand new and Mark enjoyed keeping it in tip top shape.
He was a rare combination of someone who had a love of life and a firm understanding of what was important — the simplicity of living a life with those you love.
Mark was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Barbara. He is survived by his loving husband Jeff, his brothers Eric (Brenda) and Rodney (Lori) and his beloved niece and nephews Erica, Jesse, Joshua and Caleb. His in-laws and friends will miss his warm smile and compassionate spirit.
Mark and Jeff’s family and friends would like to thank Lisa and the wonderful people of Willamette Valley Hospice for the care and comfort they provided. Arrangements will be made by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic there will not be a public service; an informal gathering will be arranged in the summer. Memorial donations may be made to Willamette Valley Hospice or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
 

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