Mark Dean Weeks passed away at Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri on Monday, May 27, 2019. He was 58 years old.
A Memorial and Celebration of Life service will be held 1 p.m. Aug. 18 at Discovery Baptist Church, 1206 Pavilion Dr., in Grain Valley, Missouri. All are welcome to attend. Those interested are encouraged to continue Mark’s Celebration of Life with a donation to Cancer Action Network of Kansas City, Missouri or Kansas City Hospice House.
Mark was born in Wichita, Kansas on February 9, 1961 to Lloyd D. and Anita Weeks. He was the only son and eldest of five children. The family moved to Emporia, Kansas in late 1962 where Mark graduated from Emporia High School in 1979. Mark continued to pursue his academic goals at Emporia State University and graduated from there in 1984 with Bachelor’s Degrees in Library Science and History and in 1986 he was awarded a Master of Arts Degree in History. After several years of post-graduate study (ABD) in Stillwater Oklahoma, Mark relocated to Iola, Kansas. Showing a true talent and dedication for teaching, Mr. Weeks taught at a number of colleges throughout Eastern Kansas, including Allen County Community College and later Butler County Community College. Throughout his more than 30-year career Mark was a popular teacher, willing and eager to take on new classroom-teaching duties. Always ready for a challenge, Mark taught college-level courses in multiple subjects including History, Geography, World Film Studies, Comparative Religion and Philosophy. The range and command that Mr. Weeks possessed on such a wide variety of subjects impressed students and faculty alike.
Mark’s dedication to his teaching career was coupled with a fondness for museum, archive and film work. An internship at the National Archives in Kansas City, Missouri, and volunteer work at the WWI museum in Kansas City gave Mark a strong incentive to continue and even broaden his talents and interests along those lines. Additionally, Mark developed a true love for all aspects of film while working one of his earliest jobs at a movie theater in Emporia, Ks. Beginning as a ticket-taker, he was quickly promoted to projectionist and continued working and volunteering throughout the 1990’s as a projectionist for a museum in Chanute, Ks. Principled and precise in his work, Mark made good use of his time and efforts to help in the preservation of silent-era films. Those who knew Mark remember a warm and generous brother, friend and colleague with a passion for all areas of twentieth-century media and memorabilia. He will be deeply missed by all.
Mark was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd D. Weeks. He is survived by his mother Anita Weeks of Blue Springs Mo. and his sisters, Debra Staley (Philip) of Parkville Mo., Victoria Geisler (Jack) of Iola, Ks., Angela Kaufman (Tim) of Virginia Beach, Va. and Rebecca Kelly (Jeremie) of Blue Springs, Mo. Mark leaves behind a legacy of love and friendship with many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins, in addition to his many friends and colleagues.
Arrangements: Royer Funeral Home, Oak Grove, MO 816-690-4441