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McCune, Mark P.

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February 16, 2015 - January 16, 2015

McCune, Mark P.

Mark Paul McCune, born February 18, 1955 in St. Louis, Missouri, died on January 16, 2015. He is survived by his wife Carolyn McCune, one son and his wife, David and Lori McCune, one daughter and her husband, Diane and Charles Allen, one grandchild, Annalise McCune, his parents, Monty and Barbara McCune, and two sisters and their husbands, Sandy  and Rob Phillips and Sharon and David Byers, as well as many nieces and nephews.

He loved being with family and everyone loved and adored him. He was always encouraging and patient and protective and wanted the best for not only his children but for all his nieces and nephews. He was funny and smart and read aloud the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy one summer to his wife and kids. He made friends everywhere he went, studied, or worked, going out of his way to make people feel welcome and at home. A huge part of his life was working with the International Sunday School class and Wednesday English classes at Park Cities Baptist Church, exploring the city with many friends.

Music always played a big role in his life, from an early age in Chanute playing piano and clarinet. He majored in Woodwinds at William Jewell College and got his Masters in Music Theory at University of Missouri – Kansas City. After moving to Texas, he continued to teach piano lessons. He became the Minister of Music at Colony Park Baptist Church, arranging and composing music in all forms. Later, at Park Cities Baptist Church he was a founding member of the orchestra, earning him the very official title of Principal Clarinet Emeritus when he retired. In addition to piano and clarinet, he could pick up almost any instrument and make music with it, including the trumpet, accordion, and the Vietnamese moon lute.

He had other various and sundry interests that he shared with all friends and family. He worked as a computer programmer for years after receiving a Masters in Computer Science from the University of North Texas. He collected books on history, philosophy, and all manner of literature, as well as movies and music from all genres. He loved to travel, spending a semester in Vienna, Austria during college, all around the US, and to London and China to visit friends and family. Prompted by his perpetual curiosity and his friends from China, he learned much about Chinese culture and studied Mandarin Chinese for several years. And of course, he always had his camera with him, documenting family gatherings, church events, and all outings with friends.

The visitation will be Monday, January 19, 2015 from 5:00-8:00pm in the parlor at North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234.

Funeral services will be on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 2:00pm in the sanctuary of Park Cities Baptist Church, 3933 Northwest Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75225.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research here (https://www.michaeljfox.org/get-involved/donation2.php) or call 1-800-708-7644.

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barbara hupp

January 20, 2015 5:20PM

There is music in heaven for sure rest in peace my old friend


Dena Belt Johnson

January 20, 2015 11:39AM

i, too, grew up with Mark in Chanute. Always the gentleman and so musically talented. I remember a particular time I had a favorite song on the radio that I wanted to play on the piano and there was no sheet music available. In talking with Mark about it, he volunteered to write the music for me--and he did! I was so excited to have it. That's just who he was!
So sorry for your loss. Heaven certainly gained an angel that day and I'm sure the music is even better.
He will always be remembered with fondness!


Stephanie Kern-Hart

January 20, 2015 11:39AM

Sending condolences to Mark's wife and family! i went to Junior High with Mark and my family moved from Chanute but I do remember Mark as very smart, always smiling and just a good person!
I hope the many happy memories and loving thoughts you have of Mark comfort you in your time of need! You must feel really happy to know his life touched so many! God bless you and your family!


DeAnne McIntire Witherspoon

January 19, 2015 11:31PM

Gone too soon. I, too, attended High School with Mark. He was in band and theater class with me and was the best man in my 1975 wedding. Class act. Many reasons God wanted him to have his angel wings I'm sure. Hugs to his family.


Teresa Beech Osborn

January 19, 2015 11:08PM

I have known Mark since first grade. His friendship has been a blessing to many over the years. Prayering for his family at this time and hoping God will give you comfort with the many fond memories you have.


Steve & Elena Feild

January 19, 2015 9:25PM

Carolyn our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during the loss of Mark.


John and Debra Slaughter

January 19, 2015 6:56PM

We are so sorry to hear this sad news. Carolyn, you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. May you find peace in the many wonderful memories.


Vickie (Swift) Haffener

January 19, 2015 6:27PM

I always enjoyed my friendship with Mark through Westview Baptist Church and high school in Chanute, Ks. He was such a kind soul and I'm sure Heaven is rejoicing. My thoughts and prayers go out to his sweet family.


Denise King

January 19, 2015 1:02PM

May your wonderful memories of Mark provide comfort. I wish you peace; your family will be in my prayers.


Laura Anderson

January 19, 2015 11:55AM

Carolyn, my prayers are with you and your family during this time.


Charles Ozbun

January 19, 2015 10:01AM

Went to school with Mark in Chanute.
Prayers to his entire family and friends.
I'm sure he will be terribly missed.


Liang Zhou

January 18, 2015 11:11PM

Mark is a faithful teacher of International Bible Class of PCBC. We love him and honor him as our teacher and friend forever.