“Half the fun in life is teasing you!”
If I had a quarter for every time I heard that phrase in the years between 1992 and 2016, I would probably be rich by now. Anyone who knew Mark Tracy knows exactly what I mean. Looking back, being teased for those 24 years is one of my fondest memories. Today is the fourth anniversary of his passing, so it’s time for a bit of review and reflection.
If you, like Foster and Panda, “only know him from pictures”, the photos you’ll see here may help you to “grasp” more fully the person he was. For the rest of us, well, let’s just enjoy the memories and think about how much fun there really is in life.
In addition to his numerous hats, (for more see “Papa’s Hats”) there was also the famous blue shirt. It seemed like 9 times out of 10, when he wasn’t dressed up for church, you would see Mark in a blue shirt.
Speaking of being dressed up for church, being head usher for our church’s annual West Coast Conference at the convention center was a job he truly loved. Even when filled with all those people, it still feels empty to me without him.
Another thing Mark loved was being a part of our church’s many dramatic presentations. Perhaps his most memorable “role” was that of “The Centurion” in an Easter drama of the same name. After three separate years of his being in this play, I can tell you that I still know a lot of his lines. (“Messiah? Did you say Messiah?”)
Not all his theatrical roles were part of epic productions. A lot of what we did was for Sunday school. Here you see a random Bible character, the angel Gabriel, shopkeeper Señor Pedro, Ranger Rightheart, a lowly taxpayer, and Trusty Sam.
There are some little things we can’t forget, like the famous lanyard!
And what about “The Robe”?
Even the tough times provided us with opportunities to bond with family and friends.
And many of us can still hear those immortal words: “Hey, hey, hey!”I won’t lie and say it hasn’t been the loneliest feeling, being without my best friend for the past four years. I did this drawing prior to the third anniversary, and you’ll notice I had pointed out to myself that we would be starting Year 4. So I guess this means we are starting Year 5.
“I sure miss you, but Heaven’s sweeter with you there.”
(From “I Sure Miss You” by Jason Crabb)