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Mark Harris ’83 died Oct. 5, 2019, in Aledo, Illinois. He was 58. Mark loved to entertain and earned a BFA in drama at Illinois Wesleyan. He traveled many career paths but finally found his calling in the ministry. Mark served churches in Fairview Heights, Illinois, and St. Joseph, Illinois, and was most recently the pastor at Aledo United Methodist Church. He was also a devoted family man and enjoyed nothing more than time spent with family. Diagnosed with cancer in 2017, Mark chronicled his journey through a blog he described as “a daily look at the life of a shaved-headed, earring-wearing, rock drumming, United Methodist minister.” Writing with transparency and authenticity, Mark’s blog inspired many fighting the same battle. He is survived by his wife, two songs, including Sam Harris ’10, three siblings, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

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