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Glendora Community 'Fixture' Dead at 64

Popular Glendora resident Mark Ryan passed away Monday of natural causes.

If you lived in Glendora for awhile, you probably crossed paths with Mark Ryan at least once.

Ryan, 64, was known by many as a well-loved and long time resident of Glendora. Ryan was called a fixture in the community, riding his bicycle around town, popping in to local businesses and getting to know nearly every person he met.

But the man community members called “Mark of the Park” for his constant presence in the Glendora community died Monday of natural causes in his home.

“Glendora is all he knew,” said Fritz Mensing, owner of . “Mark never got to drive, he had no family of his own. This community was his family.”

Mensing said he was close to Ryan for years and said Ryan, who was mentally disabled, enjoyed helping out local businesses with small chores.

“He’d do some sweeping, run some errands for us,” said Mensing. “Everyone loved him.”

Ryan was born in Sioux City, Iowa on Oct. 9, 1947. His family moved to Glendora in 1965, a place Ryan called home ever since.

As community members heard news of Ryan’s passing, friends flooded Facebook with messages of condolences and memories of Ryan. On Glendora’s Fallen, a page dedicated to deceased Glendora residents, members reminisced on Ryan’s outgoing friendliness and his love for the Glendora community.

One woman commented how she returned to Glendora after being gone for 15 years. She said Ryan still recognized and knew her even after all the years.

Others recalled how Ryan enjoyed engaging people in conversation about his favorite topics, including hot rods, tractors, construction and his nieces he loved to dote on.

“People who knew Mark always felt like he was part of the family,” said Ryan’s former neighbor Shelli Templeton. 

Several times Ryan’s bicycle was stolen and each time, friends chipped in to purchase Ryan a new bike.

“He was a gentle soul, someone who truly brought the best out of people,” said Templeton.

Ryan is survived by his brother, Rick Ryan of Valencia, CA; two sisters Geri Monroe of Upland, CA and Janine Drummond of Rancho Cucamonga, CA; and four nieces Erin and Ally Monroe of Beckinridge, CO and Dana and Kristen Drummond of Rancho Cucamonga, CA.

Funeral services for Ryan will be 7 p.m. Monday, May 14 at . A funeral mass will be 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 15 at St. Dorothy’s Church, followed by a burial service at .

Donna Smith May 11, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Glendora without Mark is like peanut butter without jelly, thunder without lightening, a kiss without a squeeze...It will just never be the same without him. A huge loss for Glendora, but heaven has gained an extra special angel. His smile and kindness will not be forgotten.
Jerius Williams May 12, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Having retired from the City of Glendora's Public Works Department Engineering and Water Divisions, I recall Mark as a fixture around town and our job sites. He had a keen interest in construction and always a pleasure to talk to. We affectionately referred to him as "Inspector Mark" as it seemed he always knew who was working where and when and showed up! A kind and gentle person who will be missed and remembered for all the smiles he left behind.
Diana Carter May 12, 2012 at 07:26 PM
I first met Mark when I was 12 years old when my sister worked at Napoli's (next to the old Ralphs on Foothill) he would hang out for hours with us sharing stories and smiling, he was always smiling. I remember he was at the opening of Miller's Outpost and was the first to receive and wear a free T shirt from the manager. I do not think I have ever gone more than a couple of months without seeing "Downtown Mark". I would go to Maria's for lunch from time to time and see him and he would never fail to ask how my sister and family was doing and never in 30 years did he forget my name. I think a memorial plaque downtown would be a fitting tribute. I for one would be happy to contribute. Mark was a blessing to our community and Heaven is better for having him.
Wally Marshall May 14, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Mark Ryan will be missed and I was sad to hear of his passing. I have been away from Glendora of 28 years and did actually see him on one of my return visits 5 years ago, but did not say hello and now wish I did. I am certain that his legacy of kindness will be spoken about at his services and the reminder for us to slow down and love people around us will also be a strong message. Thank you Mark Ryan for living such a good life.
Noelle Baysinger May 15, 2012 at 04:24 PM
It's just not gonna be the same, he brought that something special that made Glendora stand out in a crowd. He will be very missed and I have been very blessed to have had someone like Mark touch my life in the kindest of ways!

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