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Mark D. Pillard


Mark D. Pillard, 52, of Coggon, Iowa, died of a sudden illness on Thursday, July 14, 2022.

Mark was born on September 24, 1969 in Manchester, Iowa, the son of Elwin and Maxine (Falconer) Pillard. He graduated from Central City High School before becoming a heavy equipment operator.

Mark was truly a kid at heart.

The most important things to Mark were ice cold Pepsi, quad bikes, the Marvel Universe, English Springer Spaniels, Bad Hair 80s music, ice fishing and his (great) nieces/nephews.

Regardless of the weather forecast, he was willing and ready for a ride. He enjoyed ATV trips to Utah and other destinations. He constantly pushed the limits of what his quad could do. He loved his water dogging weekends with his friends/family, and his QA Boyz. “Raider” was in charge of documenting all the biggest thrills, jumps and flips.

It was his mission that his nieces and nephews’ first word be Honda. Mark loved taking the toddlers for walks, while teaching them life lessons such as “belt slippers are not allowed”. He taught them how to bait a hook with everything he had and, more importantly, he taught them how to be strong, confident and have no regrets.

Mark is survived and lovingly remembers his family: his son, Logan Pillard; siblings, Kenny (Roz) Pillard, Dean (Mary) Pillard, Sue (Ron) Fleming, Ann (Doug) Peyton and Jan (Tom) Heims; nieces and nephews, Kyle (Kristi) Pillard, Kali (Jed) Meeker, Kyann (Mark) Banghart, Dustin (Kendra) Pillard, Deana Pillard, Alissa (Jamie) Gray, Tyrone (Shannon) Power, Nathan (Judith) Power, Whitney (Nic) Ungs, Levi Peyton and Gwen Guilford; and the great-nieces/nephews who were his pride and joy.

Mark would say he wasn’t an important person, but he played an important role in the lives of everyone in his family. He led a simple life and did things the way he wanted. His motto which was parroted by the family. “Go fast, take risks.”

In his memory a “Private Putt” will be organized in his honor.

Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Marion assists the family.

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