Our already-fragile world is decidedly poorer with the recent passing of
Mark Joseph Orr.
Father, Brother, Uncle, Nephew, Cousin, Husband…Mark was a consummate family man. Both during and after their marriage, Mark and Ann fostered and maintained a rich and loving environment for their amazing children—Jillian (Brandon), Kelsey (Russell), and “TJ” Thomas James. Though Mark’s passing created a void, having lived he leaves us all with something special.
Predeceased by his mother Barb, father Mer, and brother Jeff, Mark is also missed and fondly remembered by his brother Craig (Linda), sister Kathi (Joseph), nieces and nephews Daniel, Karen, Alex, Taylor, Sloane, Zachary, Troy, Paige and Anna, uncle Gary, aunts Willie, Joann and Sharon, and many cousins.
Mark also passionately embraced roles as The Artistic Man. The Traveling Man. The Outdoorsman. The Biking Man. The Movie Star Handsome Man. The Free Spirit Man. His Own Man.
Always quick to flash his (trade) Mark grin, Mark was a prolific artist. Though formally educated at Michigan State University (Bachelor of Fine Arts), his career and output were more the product of his artistic brain and insatiable bent to craft something new, something more, something challenging, something funkier, something marvelous.
Mark excelled at most things he embraced, including stints as a photographer, and a maestro of just about any canvas he fixed his gaze upon. But Mark was known by most as a sculpture artist—the indomitable force behind Scavenger Art. Inspired by raven lore, infused with creative juices, and fashioned through hours of dedicated handiwork, Mark’s creations endure as a legacy to the Craft and Man.
Mark also leaves behind his much-loved partner, Juliana, and an eclectic and close-knit artistic community. As many have already acknowledged, mere words cannot express our feelings of the passing of Mark Orr. But Mark himself might have given it a try, perhaps offering up his favorite Hunter S. Thompson quote:
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming,
‘Wow! What a ride’.”
What a ride, indeed. Thanks for taking so many of us along with you,
Much Missed Man.
Join us to celebrate the life of Mark Orr
Friday, July 20, 2018 from 7 - 11 PM
1019 Lincoln Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Please join us for an open-house gathering to share favorite memories of Mark, no formal service is planned. Food and drinks (non alcoholic) will be plentiful. Please come as you are.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Mark's name to EarthJustice.
If you have any questions please contact Brandon Mayotte (son-in-law), firstname.lastname@example.org, to give the family privacy at this time. Mark's obituary will be added to this website once it is available.