Mark David Holman
January 24, 1954 – October 25, 2020
Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. Psalm 62: 1-2
From the time of his birth on a sub-zero January day, Mark was hale, hearty and 100% a Swede. He lived life to the fullest, whether on the ball field, the hockey rink, his bicycle, or his fishing boat. He was devoted to God and family, a tireless worker, and highly intelligent. All who knew him were blessed by his kind, gentle, and steady spirit.
Mark found joy in a job well done, whether he was an accountant, CFO, or Vice President. His work for Pearson Education took him all over the globe–to Argentina, Australia, China, Great Britain, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, The Phillipine Islands, Venezuela, and more–as he worked on various business initiatives. Developed under his leadership, the Pearson Test of English Language Proficiency, administered to university students aiming to prove English competency, is doing well in the marketplace. His degrees from Western Michigan University in Accounting and the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management, in Finance provided the underpinnings of knowledge and skills essential to his various positions.
Generous with his resources, Mark supported Compassion International and World Vision for many years. He sponsored children from South America whom he corresponded with regularly. For decades, Mark put his accounting and organizational skills to good use as the treasurer for First Evangelical Free Church, a board member of Christian Investors, and as the scholarship committee chair for the Bloomington Education Foundation.
In 1976 Mark married the love of his life, Deborah Joy Francis, of Kalamazoo, Michigan. With their two children, Rebekah Blythe and Carl Erik Francis, they had fun gardening, living, loving, discussing books and ideology, traveling, and spending time at their cabin. His children acquired many skills and attributes from their dad, whose affinity with nature, deep reading, and spiritual seeking continues in their passions. Mark trained English Springer Spaniels Dandy and Logger to hunt pheasants, ducks, and grouse; they provided entertainment and exercise for all of the family.
Surrounded by Deborah, Bekah, Carl and Philip, Mark died at home on October 25th, eighteen months after a diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. He was peaceful in life and in death. We will miss him terribly, but he is now free of a body ravaged by illness. We are grateful to Mayo Clinic, Dr. John Beecher of Edina Family Physicians and our Allina Hospice Team.
He is preceded in death by his parents, David and Doris Holman, and father-in-law, Walter Francis. He is survived by wife, Deborah, his children Rebekah ( Philip Westover) and Carl (Courtney Wilkins), sisters Barbara (Craig) Johnson, Julianne (David) Willemin, Kathy (Renata Henkes) Holman, brother-in-law Joel (Diana Smith) Francis, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial service will be held November 9 at Christ Presbyterian Church, Edina, MN at 2 pm. Reservations are necessary for attendance. The service will be live-streamed for those who want to view from home. The family requests that memorials be sent to Christ Presbyterian Church, World Vision, The Nature Conservancy, the Bloomington Education Foundation or donor’s choice.