January 7, 1957 - February 23, 2021
Memories and thoughts shared by Mark's family, followed by obituary: We will celebrate the life of this man who made us laugh every day. Mark hated the cold (but never wore a coat), so we will honor Mark's love of warm weather by having a celebration in the spring or summer. Mark's family was his light and his soul. He put all of his love, wisdom and strategic logic into being the wingman everyone hopes to have in life, and I was graced with MJ as my everything. His cleverness and humor will be forever missed by every damn person who made his acquaintance, and all who loved him. A true wordsmith, Mark was his most relaxed working on a crossword puzzle while sipping a bourbon at his cabin in the woods. Mark was our center, he was our heart, and we are lost without him. -Darcy Our dad was a pillar of unconditional support to our family and the people he loved. He was an exemplary role model that showed warmth, generosity, and laughter to his two children and everyone around him. Whenever we had a problem he would tell us to “slow things down” before he would dive head first into helping with ANY problem that would arise throughout our whole lives. He was a fixer of all of our problems, somehow always making everything better when things got tough. Our dad sacrificed everything for our family. He showed how important it was to be kind to everyone and was a true leader. My dad always used humor to make a bad situation seem more manageable. In a good situation he was known as a fun person to have around, always making people laugh. I am heartbroken at the thought he will not get to meet any future grandchildren in person–I would have wanted them to see how strong the love he would have had for them could be. But I know they will be alright if I can try and replicate what he did for us. The pain in losing him is immense. Life will never be the same without him in it, but we know he will be beaming down on us, continuing to provide his everlasting love and guidance. It feels like his life was cut short and that he had many years ahead of him but I think about how much my dad got to experience in such a full life for a long, long time. I find some peace in the thought of how great of a life he lived for so long. I think about all the trips we went on as a family and how many he took before we were born. He always had great stories and was able to talk about a lot of different things from all of the unique experiences; so many friends, places and people he got to enjoy. He had stories from living in New York and California and all the places in between! I always thought that was so cool. He tried to show us that it was important for us to do the same, which has allowed for such great experiences in our own lives. I am glad at all of the things he got to do. I know now how much of the burden to support our family fell on him. I will try to move forward as a support for our family in the way he always bolstered us. I feel proud that he was our dad. The way he always fought through life and seemed to come out on top was nothing short of admirable. It is going to be very hard to navigate life without his physical presence. However, I will follow the principles of what he instilled in us and I know how it will create a better life for myself and those around me. I know my dad will miss us and we will miss him. We will love him always and keep him close until we get to meet him again. Mark’s son, Graham Our dad was an indomitable problem solver and support for his family, and a beacon of wisdom and humor through any trial that faced those in his circle of care. He had a quick and occasionally disorienting wit, and was an absolute terror on the scrabble board. He was a passionate and lifelong fan of music from the blues to Neil Young. He was an avid reader, prodigious list-maker, and scrupulous advisor to any who called on him. His quiet, quick, and frank assessments saved most of us from seeing the blunt end of our own decisions. He instilled in me personally a love for music, language, travel, and he had an unfathomable role in shaping who I am today. His immense influence on all those around him will linger more than he could ever know. -Joel Published Obituary: Mark J. Nadler 1957-2021 On Tuesday February 23rd, 2021, Mark J. Nadler, died unexpectedly at the age of 64. Mark was adored by all, especially his wife of 31 years, Darcy, and his children Graham and Joel. Mark was born in Amityville, New York in 1957 to Martin and Ellen Nadler (nee Edelman). After graduating from SUNY Oswego in 1979, his car broke down in Phoenix during an extended road trip, so he stayed there for ten years. On May 27th 1990, Mark married Darcy Allen (who he met in Phoenix). They went on to live in San Diego and St. Louis, before settling in Columbus, Ohio to raise Graham and Joel. We will miss Mark’s generous and thoughtful support, his quick wit and dry humor, and carry them with us forever. Mark showed warmth to everyone always, and helped make the world work better for those around him. Mark was preceded in death by his parents Martin and Ellen, and father-in-law Bob Allen. He is survived by his wife Darcy and children Graham and Joel, brothers Hal (Michelle) and Larry (Marj), mother-in-law Lynn Allen, sisters-in-law Amy, Betsy (Peabody), Jennifer (Mike), extended family members and countless friends. Mark’s body was cremated and his memorial will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to CASA of Franklin County (https://casa.franklincountyohio.gov/).
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