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Mark Evans Wood

March 20, 1979 ~ November 8, 2019

On November 8, 2019, Mark Evans Wood completed his earthly mission and entered into eternal life into the arms of the one whose will he trusted (despite his own love for this life and those in it). 

Mark was born on March 20, 1979 in Sulphur, LA.  He was the second and last child born to Robert and Marie Wood, parents who raised him up in God’s Word.  Mark used his mischievousness and love for pranks to bring light and laughter into the lives of Robert, Marie and his older brother, Chad Wood.  Mark and Chad spent their childhood days boating throughout the waterways of Southwest Louisiana, continuing their parents love for fishing.  The two brothers also ventured out into the muddy marshes because of their love for hunting.  Mark spent his childhood making cherished memories with many friends and family throughout the bayou state causing Louisiana to capture his heart for the rest of his life. 

After graduating from Sulphur High School in 1997, Mark turned his lifelong dream of becoming a police officer into a reality, graduating from the police academy in 1998 at only 19 years old.  Shortly after, he and his wife Ashley began their beautiful relationship, marrying March 16, 2002.  Along with Ashley, Mark was blessed with to father three daughters, who were the light of his life:  Alexis Nichole, Aidan Brooke and Adyson Clayre.  His love for serving influenced many as he patrolled the streets of Sulphur.  He coached his three daughter’s soccer and softball teams, volunteered at church and delivered food, water and shelter to the least of these through Ashley’s homeless ministry.  Mark’s humble character strengthened as he snubbed his nose at how the way this world defines a man…he had hands which fought crime yet oh-so-delicately painted his daughter’s fingernails, curled their hair and even played barbie.  He had a heart which fiercely defended justice yet tenderly loved Ashley…not only in big ways but the little everyday ways as he wasn’t above helping her cook, clean and help their girls with their studies.  Mark and Ashley’s marriage was a breathtaking image of love, devotion, compassion, support and unity.  They endured many hardships, although, they stood firmly upon the rock of Jesus Christ, whose life they had placed.  Mark’s impeccable ability in delivering humor to any situation birthed so much life into the mist of darkness...and those who surrounded him learned how to become masters of their own happiness, despite their circumstances.  His remarkable ability to refrain from loving a single world possession taught others how to loosen their grips of material things in order to cradle the everlasting ones.  Do not mistake this for lack of love for this life and the many blessings which God bestowed upon him.  Mark wanted, so desperately, to be granted the gift of more time on this earth…but he trusted the Granter vs. the time granted, the Healer more than the healing.  Mark’s tenacity and will to live during his cancer fight taught us what he has always lived by; today’s the day for mattering things.  His work ethic was nothing short of inspiring...show up early, keep your head down and out of politics, go over and beyond, leave late and repeat no matter how you feel.  Mark did exactly that throughout 18 years of police work where he was promoted to lieutenant and finally, to captain.  He carried that work ethic to Cameron LNG where he became a security supervisor leading up to his cancer treatments, choosing to return to work three short weeks after the treatment ended and remained there until his final stretch of life. 

Because of the way Mark chose to live his 40 years of life, his absence will leave behind an immense void in so many hearts…a void no man can ever fill.  Although, a way in which all can honor him is to place your lives onto the solid rock of Jesus Christ, live selflessly, laugh often, refuse to take yourself so seriously, embrace mattering things and release the rest, decide which bridges to burn and which ones to cross, serve God by serving others, live abundantly, understand that making someone else happy adds to your own happiness, quit chasing unattainable things in order to cherish the time you have, work hard and build a life worthy to the one who gave you life.  He would want husbands to unapologetically and faithfully love their wives, and fathers to heavily invest in their children’s lives…he would say, “That is how you change the world, by changing theirs.”

Mark is survived by his wife, Ashley Wood and their three daughters, Alexis, Aidan and Adyson all of Deridder; his father, Robert Wood of Seymour, Tennessee; mother in law and father in law, Keith and Stefani Ortego of Ragley; grandmother, Trudy Poole of Sulphur; his brother, Chad Wood and his wife, Michele and their four children, Mollie, Bentley, Noah and Emma all of Sulphur; brother and sister in law, Gokay and Amber Ormanci and their two children, Emma and Maddox all of Lake Charles; his sister in law, Ashley Ortego of Moss Bluff; his brother and sister in law Jared and Laura Campbell and their two children, Rhett and Judson all of Benton, LA; his brother and sister in Christ, Shane and Sonja Tucker of Deridder; and many precious cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.  Mark was preceded in death by his mother, Rose Marie.    

The family will receive friends on Monday, November 11, 2019 at Johnson and Robison Funeral Home in Sulphur from 5-9 PM.  Visitation will resume Tuesday morning at Deridder First Baptist Church from 10 AM until the time of service.  Services for Mark will be held on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 1 PM at Deridder First Baptist Church with Pastor Garrett West officiating.  Burial will follow at Whitaker Cemetery. 

    

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  1. So loss for words, Mark was amazing Husband, Father, & Friend. So many memories will forever live in each one of us. My heart & prayers go out to his beautiful wife Ashley & their 3 beautiful daughters & family. You earned your wings, fly high sweet angel.

  2. What a great man! He left his mark on the world in a positive way. He was loved by many. Love to all of you. 

  3. My prayers are with you during this difficult time in your lives.  May the loving arms of our Father wrap around you and give you peace..

  4. Mr. Mark was a great person. So nice and kind l only met him a few times but he was so nice. I pray for Miss. Ash and her Girls that God will give him peace.

  5. Hey Mark…. I wrote you this letter, and never had the opportunity to send it to you…I just wanted to tell you a few things.  First of which, that I love you so very much.  I want to thank you for being such an amazing husband to my daughter, and such a perfect role model father to my grandchildren.  You taught them how to expect a husband to treat them, one day.  They will accept nothing less.  You have definitely left your “mark” on this entire family, and will be painfully missed.   I have always enjoyed you and my picking relationship.  You helped me so much, when I needed you. 
        I do not want you to worry about Ashley and the girls…. I give you my word that they will be ok….I promise!! I know you weren’t afraid to leave this world, as you love and believe in God….. we were all  just afraid to let you go, as we all love you so much.  I can only imagine how glorious heaven was when you got there….cancer free, pain free…  I only wish that I had asked you…”what do you want me to say, when my daughter is in her darkest hour, missing you.  And my granddaughters as well.  And just in general, how to live on this world, without you.  YOU WILL BE MISSED!!  Love you bunches….“The old lady”. 

  6. I'm so so sorry Ashley. Your family has always had such a special place in my heart. Regardless of my relationship with Sulphur, there was just a way about you and Mark and your family, where it was so easy to walk away from yall feeling loved and accepted. Seeing y'all was always a real real joy for me.

    I remember there was a time in high school when I got into a wreck and of course Mark is the one who shows up. It was with someone out of town who didn't know either of us, and he walks over to me and goes, "come with me ma'am," very professional. He walks us out of hearing distance from that couple and hits my arm and goes "hey girl! Did you call your daddy? Go ahead and call your dad." So I call him, and before I can even say hey, Mark is going "gimme gimme" and takes the phone and just goes "Hey Mike! Oh Robin got in a little finder bender, she's fine! I'll look after her," and they go on their merry way just chatting.

    When I think of Sulphur, it's people like Mark and your family that actually made it feel like home. I'm so sorry Ashley, and if there is anything that you need, always feel free to reach out to the Williams family. We're here and have y'alls back.

  7. I send my deepest, heartfelt condolences to Ashley and her children along with the rest of Mark's family and close friends. Mark Woods touched my life during the darkest time of my life. He did an excellent investigation of my brothers murder, treating him as a person and not just a criminal. He never made me feel less than, rather like I mattered as a Child of God. He gave me his wifes number and told me to call anytime. As long as I live, I will pray for peace for his children and their father and Ashley's love will never be forgotten. RIP Sir and thank you so much for your service to my family.

  8. Mark was such a great man that will be missed by so many. My thoughts and prayers go out to Ashley, the girls, his family, and friends during this most difficult time. Rest in Peace Mark, gone but never forgotten

  9. My family and I are so sorry for your loss. We want to extend our sincerest condolences to you and your family. We will keep you and your family in our daily thoughts and prayers. R.I.P. My Brother. May GOD bless ALL.

  10. So sorry for your loss. Mark was a great guy who always had a kind word to those of us who were lucky enough to know him and met him. You will be missed Mark.


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