Mark Todd Stair, born on February 14, 1953, in Waukesha, WI, known affectionately to friends and family as “Gramps” “Pops” “Moose” “Furface” “LOML”, peacefully passed away and returned to the arms of his Savior on October 11, 2023, in Stuart, FL. Throughout his remarkable life, Mark achieved numerous accomplishments and touched the hearts of those around him with his infectious smile and zest for life.
Mark's passion and dedication were deeply woven into his career as a truck driver for Consolidated Freightways. Over the span of three decades, he earned multiple prestigious recognitions, including the million miles safe driving award. Mark's commitment to safety and excellence was an inspiration to all who knew him.
Beyond his profession, Mark will be remembered for the loving relationships he cultivated and cherished. His beloved late wife, Jacqueline Stair, held a special place in his heart. Their enduring love during their 35 happy years together was demonstrated through Mark's unwavering care and support during both times of sickness and health. They were and are now again, as one. Together as a couple, they were an inspiration, demonstrating that true love and commitment is real.
As a father to Erin Stair and Travis Stair, Mark embraced parenthood with open arms. He relished in creating lasting memories with his children such as tailgating at Brewers games, and summer vacations filled with fishing, boating, waterskiing, and barbecuing in Eagle River, WI. Numerous road trips with his kids and Jackie to Tennessee, sharing Thanksgiving with his best friend Larry Chard and his family, who he considered his own, and an unforgettable and fun journey driving to California for a family wedding are just a few of the many precious memories never to be forgotten. Mark's dedication to family expanded as he welcomed grandchildren and a great-grandchild into his life. He wholeheartedly cherished each moment spent, often enjoying dinners out with them, and spending summer days at the family pool together. Christmas get-togethers, and summer time family reunions with his children, grandchildren, great-grandson, parents, brother, sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, and extended family were always cherished, and many great memories were made during those Stair Family moments.
Mark's enthusiasm for life extended far beyond familial bonds. A true social butterfly, he radiated warmth and charisma wherever he went. Meeting new friends while cherishing old ones was a testament to his genuinely friendly nature. Annual vacation cruises to the Caribbean & Mexico, Hawaii and Alaska with extended family and friends became a tradition that brought joy to all who partook. He was always happy to organize and looked forward to monthly First Friday Fish Frys (FFFF) with family and friends. Another of his favorite social events was ROMEO (Retired Old Men Eating Out) breakfast, when he’d join his oldest & dearest best buds and brother Kenny for breakfast outings.
Mark was a music lover, he played the drums in 3 different rock bands during his youth. His favorite band is the Eagles, and he was fortunate to travel from Florida to Arizona, one of his much talked about recent memories, with his beloved god-daughter, Tami Dietrich, to see them in concert. He loved exploring around his new-to-him community in Florida with his beautiful girlfriend, Terry Hand. They frolicked together, loved and supported each other wholeheartedly. They were a true blessing to each other. Cheering on the Green Bay Packers, whether from WI or FL was always in his plans - never wanting to miss a game that brought so much excitement into his life.
Amongst all of these joys in his life, Mark also nurtured a deep love for his loyal companion, Carl. His four-legged best friend was his constant sidekick, accompanying him on cross-country roadtrips, international travels, and daily golf cart rides.
An active member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Oak Creek, WI, Mark found solace in his faith and applied its teachings in his everyday life and also volunteered, giving sermons at local nursing care facilities. His dedication to caring for others was displayed when he selflessly welcomed his young grandson, Tyler, into his home, and cared for him during a time of need. He was also active in raising Ciara, his granddaughter, supporting her through life‘s trials and tribulations while growing up. This act of compassion left a lasting legacy of love and kindness that will forever be ingrained in the hearts and minds of those who witnessed it.
Mark's infectious laughter and free spirit are treasured by all who had the privilege of knowing him. He possessed a genuine kindness that touched the lives of countless individuals. Mark embodied qualities of outgoingness, friendliness, and happiness, earning him admiration from everyone he encountered.
While we mourn the loss of this remarkable man, let us also celebrate the love and fun-filled life Mark Todd Stair lived. His resilience and determination to fight for his health until the very end serves as an inspiration to us all. The memories he leaves behind will forever remain etched in our hearts.
Mark is survived by his children Erin Stair and Travis Stair, his grandchildren Ciara Stair, Tyler Stair, Travis Stair Jr., Stephan Muniz, great-grandson Graysen D’Amato, and his one and only sibling, Kenneth Stair. He is also mourned by his father Homer Stair, mother Ruth Stair, and his late wife, Jaqueline Stair.
In honoring Mark's memory, let us embrace the lessons he taught us — to live life fully, love deeply, and always cherish those who bring joy into our lives. May his soul find eternal peace as we forever hold him close in our hearts.
Memorial will take place at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 6700 S. Howell Ave. Oak Creek, WI, 53154. Visitation will be Saturday, November 25, 2023 starting at 12:30pm, followed by a service from Pastor Stephen Schmidt at 2:00pm.
Services will be followed with a celebration of life at The Eagles Club Post 453 at 5:00 pm. 709 N. Grandview Blvd., Waukesha , WI, 53188.