Mark Christopher Goodwin Sr. of Puyallup, WA was born in Chuckatuck, VA and was a proud father, devoted husband, loving brother, athlete, computer network engineer and a proud veteran of the US Army. He served the US Army honorably for 24 years and retired in November of 2007. Even after retirement, he continued to work with soldiers as a network engineer government contractor. He was well respected for his work ethic, experience, and his willingness to go the extra mile to get things done right the first time. He was a man of faith and strong character, a hard worker, golfer, Harley Davidson rider, barbeque and grill master, and devoted Seattle SeaHawks fan, just to name a few of his attributes.
Mark was an avid runner and triathlete; and he took special effort to ensure he maintained a healthy diet. He was the poster child for fitness and eating healthy but started losing weight in 2012. Mark thought it was the intensity of his workouts and nothing to worry about. His occasional stomach upset could be resolved with over the counter remedies like antacids.
By the time Mark had his colonoscopy in September 2014 at the age of 49, his diagnosis was stage IV colorectal cancer with metastasis to the liver. He was a fighter, a man of faith, and took on this battle with strength, a positive attitude, good spirits, and trust in God's will. He was an inspiration to the medical staff with his good nature, sense of humor and faith. Mark spent a joyful 50th birthday in the hospital surrounded by loved ones and friends. Mark passed away 10 days later on 20 February 2015, with his wife, Traci by his side.
While in the hospital, Mark made sure to tell as many men as possible, especially those of African-American descent, to have regular colonoscopies, and not to wait until age 50 to do so. He wanted his experience to be a cautionary tale to others. This is his legacy.