Mark Graham

03-Mar-2011

Mark Clifton Graham passed away on Thursday, March 3, 2011, in San Antonio, Texas, after a brief illness.
He was born in Amarillo on November 12, 1946, to Arthur and Ella B Graham, and spent most of his early years in Lubbock. He grew up in a loving home with his mother, step-father Jay Hammock, a sister and a younger brother.
During summer vacations he worked for Hammock Bros. Construction Co. and learned skills that helped him throughout his life, and which he shared with his own children.

He graduated from Lubbock High School in 1965, and from Texas Tech in 1970 with a degree in sociology. After three years in the Army stationed at Fort Sam Houston during the Vietnam era, Mark completed a Master's degree in Social Work at Our Lady of the Lake University. While in the Army he earned the National Defense Medal and the Sharpshooter Badge.

After completing his Master's degree, Mark entered private practice as a psychiatric social worker specializing in therapy for families and children. He especially loved working with children and teens. While he was still in college, Mark coached a Little League baseball team that included his younger brother Eric. More recently he served for nine years as Scoutmaster for St. Andrew's Methodist Church Boy Scout Troop 248.

During his life he was a positive force in the lives of many people in his community. As a memorial to his love for children, his family donated his corneas for transplant and asked that they be given to children if possible.

Mark is survived by wife Beth and son Matthew, both of San Antonio; daughter Katie Graham Anderson, son-in-law Mark Anderson, and granddaughter Gwendolynn of West Jordan, Utah, and sister Karen Graham Smith of Magazine, Arkansas.

He was preceded in death by his mother, father, step-father, younger brother Eric Hammock, and brother-in-law Roy Smith. Mark will be remembered by many friends and relatives, and the people, young and old, whose lives he touched.
A memorial service for Mark Graham is scheduled for 2:45pm Thursday, March 10th at Ft. Sam Houston Cemetery.

Published in Express-News on Mar. 6, 2011