Mark Howard Crowther, 71

Longtime Sanford resident Mark Howard Crowther, 71, passed away at the Joni Fair Hospice House in Pueblo, Colorado, surrounded by family on Monday, August 28, 2017.

Mark’s life began on September 27, 1945 in Alamosa, Colorado, the proud son of Howard W Crowther and La Von Fauntel Mortensen Crowther.  Mark married Marlene Crowther on July 12, 1968 in the Logan, Utah Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Mark worked for the vast majority of his life as a Rancher raising Cattle, horses and his dogs on his ranch near Sanford.  His favorite time of year was the summer months when he could spend time in the mountains at the cow camp in New Mexico looking after his cows.  When winter settled in, being an avid Sanford Indians supporter and fan, he rarely missed a Sanford game.  

Mark was an active member of the Sanford Second Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  He served a church mission in Southern Australia from 1965-1967 and held several different church callings including High Priest Group leader, was in the Bishopric, and up until his death was serving as an Ordinance Worker in the Albuquerque, New Mexico Temple.  Mark also served on the Sanford School Board for two terms and belonged to various community organizations.  He was a leader of the Lone Riders 4-H horse club for many years.

He loved to read in his spare time.  Mark will be remembered as never knowing a stranger.
He is survived by his wife Marlene of Sanford; his children Audrey (Rodney) Gibson of Bountiful, CO, Tandi (Brock) Canty of Sanford, Cord (Mandy) Crowther of Sanford and Shad (Brianna) Crowther of Sanford; his grandchildren: Darby (Aaron) Wallace, Randy Gibson, Jaycee, Cooper, Clay, Kashley and Colter Canty, Colby, Casen, Misty and Maisley Crowther, Royce, Shaedyn and Oakley Crowther;  his brother Mack (Luella) Crowther of Sanford; brothers and sisters-in-law Bill Cornia, Tom (LuAnn) Crowther, Keith (Lorrie) Crowther, Robert Poulson and Ron Simpson as well as many nieces and nephews.  

He is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Tricia Cornia, his sisters-in-law Loreen Simpson and Darla Poulson.

Visitations will be held from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Thursday, August 31, 2017 at the Rogers Family Mortuary in Manassa and from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Friday, September 1, 2017 in the Relief Society Room at the church in Sanford.  A Funeral Service will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 1, 2017 at the Sanford Second Ward Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Interment will follow services in the Sanford Cemetery.  Contributions are suggested to the Joni Fair Hospice House, 1107 Pueblo Blvd., Pueblo, CO 81005 in his memory.  

Rogers Family Mortuary is in care of the arrangements.  To leave online condolences, tributes or remarks for Mark’s family, please visit