Mark Russell Turpin
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Mark Russell Turpin, 64, passed away Aug. 6, 2021.
Born in Clinton, Okla., in 1957 to Sally and Jack Turpin, he grew up in Dallas. Mark married the love of his life Kathleen Shea of Hinsdale on Sept. 24, 1983. They were wed in Hinsdale and spent their life together in New Braunfels, Texas.
Mark was a devout Christian, ambassador of fun and a friend to everyone he encountered. Mark played tennis for SMU where he was an All American. Throughout his tennis career, Mark was able to travel the world and had stories to entertain all. Always carrying the spirit of a kid, he would execute pranks with perfection, enjoyed activity-filled days outside in the sun and was happiest watching his children play tennis and grow in their faith.
Mark’s life will be celebrated for the passion he had leading Christian sports camps, decades of tennis programming and for caring so deeply for his family, friends and front yard. Most of all the things he treasured, he adored Kathy most to the end of his days. Mark had a servant’s heart. At the center of everything he did, Mark found joy in giving whatever he had to others. His children will remember him for his encouragement, faithfulness, silliness and energized positivity.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy; his four children, Sarah (Zac) Carroll, Shelley Turpin, Mark “Rusty” (Ashley Werthen) Turpin Jr. and Ashley Turpin; his grandchildren, Carson and Lilah Carroll and Mark R. “Trip” Turpin III; and his siblings, Scott and Carroll Turpin and Jeff and Lori Turpin.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sally and Jack Turpin.
A private family interment will be held at Bronswood Cemetery in Oak Brook.
Memorials may be made to T Bar M Camps, 2549 Highway 46 West, New Braunfels, TX 7813 or https://www.tbarm.org/give; or the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s & Neurodegenerative Diseases, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, TX 78229 or https://www.biggsinstitute.org.
Brian Powell Funeral Directors of Hinsdale handled the arrangements.