Mark Edwin Turner

Mark Edwin Turner

1955 – 2021

Mark E. Turner was born on October 9, 1955 in Lubbock, Texas to Gene and Norma Turner, he passed away on July 19, 2021 at Green-Leaf State Park in Braggs, Oklahoma.

Mark was a beloved father, mischief maker, story teller, and overall extraordinary person.  In Rugby circles he was once known as the Benevolent Dog Face Pharoah.

Professionally, Mark spent 35 years ensuring HIV patients were respected and well cared for, in addition to promoting prevention.  He worked for the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the North Carolina Department of Health as an epidemiologist.

He is survived by his parents, Gene and Norma Turner, his wife Retha (Gordon) Turner, children, Jessie & Isaac Stine and Sean Turner, Edmond, OK, siblings, Melinda & Mark Barrett, Norman, OK, and David and Pam Turner, New Jersey and one grandchild, Violet Stine.

He was preceded in death by his loyal best friend, Hector-Airedale Terrier.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Red Rock Behavioral Health Services.

Services will be held at a later date.

6 thoughts on “Mark Edwin Turner”

  1. William B. Patterson

    What a wonderful person. I enjoyed working with Mark. We had some good fun times. Rest in Peace.

  2. Deb Frederickson Klinghoffer

    A great boss and really taught me how to be an epi in the real world; I learned so many things from Mark and have missed working with him these past 15+ years, but we had a good 15 to remember…

  3. Betty Berry

    Mark was a great boss, friend & mentor to me. He was kind to everyone with a great heart for public health. I am so saddened to learn of his passing.

  4. Sandy Lucas-Fields

    Oh how I remember the mischievous Mark! I remember that smile when you “busted” him on whatever mischief he was up too. I also remember what a wonderful mentor and friend he was as aco-worker and then just as caring and professional he was as my boss. I am sad to learn of his passing and I will always cherish the memories of the times our paths crossed! May God comfort the family and friends.

  5. Yvonne Myers

    There was never a dull moment with Mark. Starting the HIV/AIDS Division, we had a special of staff. Lots of hard work and laughs. He will be remembered fondly! Rest in peace!

  6. Alam Holmes PTADBATB

    Mark was a great competitor, good leader, and easy to be around. Joining up with Tank and Turbo, WAY too soon.

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