Mark Gardner, 54, of Orange, died April 4, at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont. Cremation will be held under the direction Claybar Funeral Home.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 13, in the chapel of Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.

Born in Jacksonville, Fla, on Oct. 23, 1959, Mark was the son of Wayne and Ruby Gardner. He played high-school football in Buna, and served as a machine operator at Print Pack Inc. for 26 years. Mark greatly enjoyed a variety of outdoor activities, including fishing, crabbing, hunting, and camping. He loved, and was loved by his friends and family. Mark was a kind man, who would go out of his way to help anyone.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruby Gardner; sister, Nina Glen, and brother, Larry Gardner.

Mark is survived by his wife of 29 years, Carolyn Raymer Gardner of Orange; father, Wayne Gardner, and wife, Marjorie of Deweyville; daughters, Mary Hoffpauir and husband Michael, and Audrey Jo Gardner of Kirbyville; great-nephew, Alex Hoffpauir; brother, Curtis Joe Gardner and wife, Lacy of Paradise, Tx; sisters, Mia Edens of Houston and Patricia Guidry; step sisters, Darline Zavada, Molly Mayfield, Martha Wingate, Dottie Robinson, and Patsy McCuller , along with numerous friends and family members.

Mark will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him, and will never be forgotten.