Mark American Horse

04/28/1959 - 09/17/2021


Mark American Horse, age 62 of Tulsa, OK, passed Friday,
September 17, 2021 in VCU/Community Memorial Hospital. He
served as a United States Marine and member of the Force
Recon Brothers. Mark is survived by his wife, Sara M. American
Horse and five children; a daughter, Jenny Myrick and husband,
Kirk, of Baxter Springs, Kansas and four sons; Rick Mitchell and
wife, Michelle, of Keller, TX, Mark American Horse and wife,
Kiana, of Bixby, OK, Zane Powers and wife, Heather, of
Collinsville, OK, and James American Horse of Bentonville,
Arkansas. He is also survived by his mom and dad, Shirley Ann
and James Slate of Haskell, OK; and three siblings, Debra and
husband, J.C. Wilson, of Tahlequah, OK, Delphine and husband,
Randy Brinlee, of Groton, South Dakota, and Dawson American
Horse and wife, Gilla, of Marysville, Washington. Mark has twelve
grandchildren...Josephine, Reese, Griffin, Adrian, Koen, Jaxon,
Mason, Brandon, Tyler, Melia, Peyton, Eli and Tatum as well as
one great grandchild, Cayson. Mark is preceded in death by his
father Wesley W. American Horse and daughter Faith American
Horse. A funeral Mass will be recited Wednesday, September 22,
2021 in Good Shepherd Catholic Church, South Hill, VA at 12:00
noon. The family will receive friends at Crowder-Hite-Crews
Funeral Home from 10:30 A.M. until 11:45 A.M. before
proceeding to the church. Interment will take place on
Wednesday September 29th at 1:00 P.M.
in Fort Snelling National
Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN. If desired, memorial contributions
in Mark’s name may be made to the “Toys for Tots” Foundation,
18251 Quantico Gateway Dr., Triangle, Va. 22172.   Memorial
contributions may also be made to The American Cancer Society
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  1. Condolence

    It has been really hard to hear of your passing. You where a great influence not only for me but thousands of others you have taught in the past. Me and the entire Criminal Justice class will miss you greatly and are sorry we can’t make it to the service like we all would love to do. Not only to show the support for you but to your family as well. God bless and may you rest in peace Mr American Horse.

    Thank you again for everything you have done for me and as always…. The answer is always 3!

  2. A Good Man and A True Example

    Mr. AmericanHorse was my criminal justice instructor, but he was so much more than that and to so many more people than me. Not a single day goes by without my being able to apply what he taught me. He was a good man and someone that is worthy of being recognized as a true example of what it means to put others above yourself, to lead others, to serve others, and to always do your best work, no matter how hard it may be. He was a teacher, mentor, and in many ways, a father figure to me. The stories I have, the interactions I had, and the lessons I’ve learned will never be forgotten and will be shared as his legacy continues with the impact of the students he poured so much of himself into each moment he had with them. I will always be grateful for the time God blessed me with to be able to know him. I pray for the family and all those who knew him and were privileged to have had him in their lives. May God bless you.

  3. Heartfelt Sympathy

    Mark was proud of his heritage and service but the thing he held dearest was his family. Holding you all in my heart and praying you find peace during this transition. Thank you for sharing him with the world.

  4. USMC Retired

    We are so sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. Mark was a great man, husband, friend, and Marine. Mark impacted many lives and will be greatly missed. Miss Sara we are so sorry for your loss. My God grant you piece.

  5. Student

    I can’t begin to explain the impact you have had on this world. You inspired so many to do great things. One thing I have always carried with me is when you told me. maybe one person can’t change the world but you can make your corner of the world a better place. Through those words I’ve always pushed to do my best, refusing to give up when do many others would. All the lives I’ve improved was through your inspiration, all the lives all your other students have helped have been through you as well. I can’t imagine there aren’t many lives in this world that weren’t made better by you. We have lost an amazing man. Prayers for your family.

  6. The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude - Thornton Wilder

    Mark, of all the blessings in my life, serving with you in 2nd Force Recon, and then knowing you for over four decades is among the greatest.

    Semper Fi Brother.

  7. Friend , student

    Mark was somebody who was very important to me and and special to me , who helped place the stepping stones for some of what I’ve done in life . He was a friend and a mentor and a special person to be around . His stories were amazing and he was an awesome teacher to me for years , even as years passed I found myself reading the book he had given to me with a handwritten note . He check in on me often just to see how I was doing . He got me out of my shell when I was an awkward kid and taught me so much , I wouldn’t have my work ethic , my persona without him. He will be sorely missed by everyone .I wouldn’t be where I was today without him and his guidance .

  8. Mr AmericanHorse was my Criminal Justice instructor and a great man. He helped me make the decision to join the Marine Corps, and the first time I spoke to a recruiter was in his office. He was a great friend to everyone who knew him and he will be greatly missed.

  9. With Deepest Sympathy

    Mark AmericanHorse

    You will not be forgotten !!

    I will carry on the Torch!!

    Mark was in my wedding on 07/07/2007, he was also my Criminal Justice Instructor, a very big mentor in the direction my life went. I just spoke with him the other day.

    So glad I was able to tell him what he meant to me and the impact he had on my life.

    My prayers are with the AmericanHorse Family and friends.

    Thank-You for your service to our country 🇺🇸

    EOW 09/17/2021

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