William Mark Northcutt

William Mark NorthcuttWMN for poster and front of pamphlet


William Mark Northcutt was born September 20, 1951 in Chickasha, Oklahoma to Winston and Lydia Northcutt. From a young age, Mark shared his dad’s passion for music. When Cement lost their band program in 1963, Mark’s dad was instrumental in establishing an extra-curricular band, originally known as the “Dukes of Dixieland” and later the “Humdingers”. Mark was their drummer and they played before both local and national audiences. After graduating high school, Mark attended the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma where he earned a Bachelor of Sciences in Management in 1972.

Mark married his best friend and love of his life, Kay Sewell, also of Cement, in December 1974. The second happiest day of his life was in February 1990 when he and Kay welcomed their daughter, Emily Lauren Northcutt. There was never a more devoted husband and father. The three of them resided in Oklahoma City until November 1996, when they built their new home and moved to Edmond, Oklahoma.

From an early age, Mark’s dream was to be in the television industry. Shortly after graduating from college he had an opportunity to work at then WKY Television in Oklahoma City, where he began in the film editing department. He soon got his “big break” as a professional television cameraman. He hit the ground running and never stopped. He was a proud employee at News Channel 4 in Oklahoma City through several station ownerships, where he worked full-time until May 2007. While there he found great satisfaction in working in various capacities as production operator/studio supervisor and lighting director on live and recorded television production projects, as well as commercial, promotional and public service projects. Through the years he also worked as a freelance production cameraman doing all forms of sports, music, commercial, promotional and industrial productions. His work was presented on all major broadcast and cable networks for local, state, regional, national and international programming. His travels took him to over 120 cities in 33 states in the US, Canada and Mexico. Throughout his long career, he also had the opportunity to participate in several Emmy Award-winning productions. Locally, he enjoyed working game camera for the New Orleans Hornets when they were relocated to Oklahoma City and continued working game camera for the Oklahoma City Thunder. He always said what a joy and blessing it was to have a career that he loved. He was truly passionate about his job.

Mark was called home to be with the Lord on June 12, 2018, at the age of 66. He was preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law and mother-in-law. He is survived by his wife, Kay, his daughter, Emily, and bulldog, Nigel, all of the home; brother-in-law, Darryl Sewell and his wife, Delane, of Holliday, Texas; niece, Ashley Stirling and her husband, Mark of Auckland, New Zealand; nephew, Gunnar Sewell and his wife, Sabra, and their daughter, Elora, of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and numerous members of his TV family and friends.

A celebration of Mark’s life will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, June 16th, 2018 at Matthews Funeral Home, 601 S. Kelly in Edmond, Oklahoma. A come-and-go reception will immediately follow the service. In lieu of flowers, Kay and Emily request that donations be made in Mark’s name to the Lee Laughlin Independent Freelancers Trust, Inc., 1303 South Delaware Place, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74104-3485.

4 thoughts on “William Mark Northcutt”

  1. Jeff Regnier

    Dear Kay, Emily and family,
    My heart was saddened to hear about Mark. I didn’t have the privilege of working with “Farkle” as long as the other TV camera guys and gals but I was always proud to be on the same crew with Mark. Two things I will miss the most: Sitting at the table in the media dining room at the Thunder games and Mark pulling out his I-phone and playing a video clip, usually from an episode of Seinfeld. And always getting a “Farkle Hug” either before or after an event. He was loved by everyone and will be missed forever. My thoughts and prayers with your family all his TV family and friends.

    Jeff Regnier

    Tulsa, OK

  2. Dan and Jan Esmon

    So saddened to hear this news about my friend since childhood……….We attended all 12 grades together, and then commuted together for awhile to college…………. and played a lot of music together as well! What a great guy, which is easy to tell by reading the many testaments to Mark written by those whose lives he touched in his chosen profession. I read every one of them , and they sure described Mark to a tee…….. May you rest in peace my friend.

  3. The Weedn family

    As a child Mark and family were our neighbors in the big town of Cement. We always thought a lot of him and his parents . Our deepest sympathies to his wife and daughter.

  4. Michelle Winters

    Steve and I were so very sad to here about Mark’s passing. We loved living next door to you on Duckhawk Court. Kay, please know our prayers and thoughts are with you and Emily. Love, Steve and Michelle Winters

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