Mark Carlisle

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Mark S. Carlisle, 62, Fargo, died unexpectedly in his home, Sunday, June 8, 2014.

He was born on July 15, 1951 in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota to Willis and Edythe (Bohl) Carlisle. He grew up in Detroit Lakes.  Shortly after graduating from Detroit Lakes High School in 1969 Mark moved to Fargo. 

Mark had many hobbies and interests throughout his life time.  His love of music led him to perform with several different bands:  Windfall, Footloose, Blue Print, Bandit, Old Dog New Trick, Dr Delicious and Tin Willy. He wrote and recorded music for his personal enjoyment.  He connected with people in many countries on ham radio. Through ham radio he participated in Sky Warn reporting formations of threatening storms to the US Weather Service. With Mark’s self-taught knowledge of computer software and hardware he kept his family, friends and acquaintances computers running.  In recent years fishing was added to his list of hobbies. He loved the challenge of catching walleye.

He had a soft spot in his heart for all animals but his poodles were his greatest love.  They brought him much joy.

He worked at Welu Dental Lab for 23 years before furthering his career during 5 years at Great Plains Software which was acquired by Microsoft.  His next move was to Navteq.  He returned to the Microsoft campus where he worked for a business vendor until his retirement on July 12, 2013.

Mark is survived by his wife of 20 years, Carol (Nelson Radeck) Carlisle, his son Brandon by his previous marriage to Barbara K. Oien, his step-daughters Katie (Justin) Vaccari, Samantha (Kevin) Romfo, and Lisa Richardson from his marriage to Kathryn Quinlan Richardson who passed away in 1992, his step-son Donald (Kim) Radeck, and step-daughter Rebecca Radeck; his grandchildren Marek and Madison Carlisle, Samuel Vaccari and Thomas and Paige Radeck. 

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Bruce.

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  1. Aylesford Kent, UKSo sorry to hear about Mark’s passing. He was like a brother to me and a great friend to us. We shall miss the music, laughter and great stories. He is greatly missed. Our love and thoughts are with Carol and the family at this difficult time. Xxxx

  2. Harwood N.D
    .We will all miss your smile and your ever ready sense of joy when you had a joke to share. Your bright shining light will be very much miss. Our deepest sympathies to all family members. Carol our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. Fargo ND
    I (Deb) worked with Mark for many years at Welu Dental Lab. He was a very good friend and we got together often. He sang and played guitar at our wedding in 1977. He has a son named Brandon and I asked him if he minded if we used that name for our first son. I am saddened to hear of his passing. He was a great guy with a great personality. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. I was unable to make either service due to health problems. Deb

  4. Mark was such a wonderful man and I was very sad to hear of his passing. I enjoyed knowing him at Microsoft and appreciated always his kindness, his smile, how he made visitors and guests (especially my candidates) feel comfortable and welcome the minute the stepped into the building. My thoughts and prayers are with all of Mark’s family and friends during this difficult time, he will be missed by so many.

  5. Colfax ND
    I am so sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. I worked with him at Microsoft starting in 2004. He was a great guy who always had a big welcoming smile. He was always very helpful and willing to listen. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.

  6. Carol,

    I worked with Mark at Microsoft/Great Plains. Such a great guy, always had a smile. I went to see his band play now and again which was always a pleasure. I still listen to a CD he gave me…Coco Montoya. Carol, I am so sorry for your loss…and sorry for the world’s loss of a gentle, happy soul. I hope time heals…

  7. Aylesford Kent UKMark was so special to us. Loved as a brother and friend to us. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and love are with Carol and their family at this difficult time.

  8. Fargo ND
    I worked with Mark many years ago in a band called Bandit. Mark had a passion for music and you could see it and hear it. Awhile back I came across a video on Youtube he made in Detroit Lakes when he was working with Dr. Delicious. I thought some I you would enjoy this. I did. jj

  9. west fargo North Dakota
    I am so, so sorry for your loss. I know that doesn’t help much, but I really have no words. Every time I think about Mark and Bruce I remember The Oscar Meyer Weiner song and it makes me smile. I know that he is with Bruce and his parents now, and he is finally at peace. He missed Bruce so much and now they are together again and can play their music and sing songs, just like they used to. He will be missed by a lot of people.

    Goodbye Mark, now you can sing with the Angels. Rest in Peace

  10. Moorhead MN
    Carol and Brandon and family: So sorry for your loss.
    Mark was a great friend and we will feel the effects of his passing forever.
    May he rest in peace, and may the Perpetual Light shine upon him.

  11. Fargo North Dakota
    I played in a band named “Windfall” with Mark in the late 70s. He was a good friend and always very sincere. Haven’t seen him since way back but I thought of him often, and still do, whenever I catch myself saying, “alright, you guys,” in his voice. He was a good man.

  12. Issaquah WaMark will be missed. I had the pleasure of meeting him and Carol and Bruce and Lynn in 1995 while we were in Minnesota
    . My grandfather William Lloyd Carlisle was the brother of Mark father Willis Carlisle.
    My thought and prayers go out to Carol and the family.
    He is a peace now and surrounded by Gods love.
    Rest in Peace Mark.
    Love cousin Laurie Carlisle

  13. Detroit Lakes I remember Mark from back in the 1980s when he married my friend, Katie, and became a stepfather to her 3 kids. When she became sick, they hadn’t been married that long, and his life was changed forever. He still always had a smile. He was a classy guy.

  14. Carol and family: So sad to hear of Mark’s passing. A very special man with a special smile, caring and love for his family, friends and life. He will be so dearly missed. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  15. West Fargo ND

    My heart goes out to you. There are no words to confort you at this time but please know that you have lots of family and friends to help you – now and in the days to follow,


  16. Audubon Mn.Carol, I was very sad to read of Marks passing today.
    I allways looked forward to running into you both on the lake, comparing notes on fishing and sharing a seat on his boat, listening to his jokes, and talking about guitars and music. That smile a walleye put on his face will truly be missed!

  17. West Fargo ND
    It is with great sadness that I extend my deepest sympathies to the family that Mark leaves behind. He was an extremely kind, genuine, and caring person that had the ability to make everyone feel special. I had the privilege of working with Mark at Microsoft and I don’t believe Mark ever met a stranger. He treated everyone with such kindness and, of course, always greeted you with a smile. He always had time for a joke or two as well as stories during his interactions. I hope in time, memories of Mark will be a source of comfort. I am thinking of you during this time of loss.

    With sincere sympathy,
    Angie Adams

  18. Wyndmere ND
    I had the pleasure of working on the Microsoft Campus with Mark. In the 3 years I worked with him, he was always a pleasure to see every morning! Mark was a very kind and courteous man and he is very missed on Campus. My condolences to his family. I am very sorry for your loss and I have you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  19. Mark’s passing makes me so sad … his smile and warm personality made everyone feel so welcomed and at ease. I so enjoyed meeting him in the hallways at Great Plains/Microsoft. My hear aches for Mark’s family … he was so kind to everyone. My sympathies … Jane Olson

  20. Fargo ND

    Even though you’re retired you’ll always be part of the FPD family. We’re all here for you in this time of sadness. Don’t hesitate to let us know if there’s anything we can do to help – and know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  21. Fargo Oh Mark, the earth will never be the same without you.

    You always brought a smile to my face. Your jokes and stories always brought out the twinkle in your eye.

    I was so bummed when you retired from Microsoft but got a real kick out of your Facebook posts saying it was time for a nap or spending a day on the lake fishing. It make me chuckle everytime.

    Mark seemed to really enjoy life and living it to the fullest. He was just a great guy – kind, thoughtful, funny.

    My heart goes out to you Carol and the whole family.

    Not sure why God chose to call Mark home now. I imagine there was a task that required Mark’s special touch.

  22. Fargo ND
    I am so sorry to hear the news of your passing and my heart goes out to all of your family. I worked with Mark at Great Plains/Microsoft. We shared a passion for dogs and he was always telling me stories about his dogs. He loved them and his family dearly.
    May you find peace through God’s blessings and know that Mark was very well liked and loved during his time with us.

  23. I didn’t get to know Mark for very long, and I’m saddened by that fact. But in the short time I knew him, Mark and his family treated me like family and I felt truly blessed by that. I will miss him dearly.


  24. Mark always put a smile on my face whenever I entered the building while working at Microsoft. He was such a genuine, kind soul and will be greatly missed. My sympathies to your family during this difficult time.

  25. Kindred ND
    So sorry for your loss. I worked at Great Plains and Microsoft when Mark did and I always loved visiting with him. He was the ultimate professional at his job, but yet so warm and engaging that you always had to stop to say Hello. Mark had such a gentle soul, he will be missed.


  26. AUSTIN Tx.So Sorry to hear this. Mark you always were a great friend to play music with, and just laugh, and talk. God Bless You ,and your family.

  27. I was very sad to hear of Mark’s passing…he talked about everything he wanted to do once he retired. My condolences to his family.

    I had the honor of getting to know Mark his years at Microsoft. He worked in the same office building as me and I used to see him everyday before he retired.

    Mark always wore a smile on his face, had a joke or two along with some good stories. I always enjoyed our quick talks…always walked away with a smile on my face.

    RIP Mark…I have no doubt you are up in heaven sharing your jokes!

  28. Osage MN
    I just don’t even know what to say about the loss of Mark…a very caring and awesome man. He cherished everything good in life, yet must have had struggles that we did not know about. Dear God…accept this wonderful soul into paradise. Thinking about his loving family throughout this most difficult time. God Bless the memories of Mark!

    Friends….Dee and Ray Olson

  29. Portland ND
    It is with a broken heart that I extend my sincere sympathy to you, Carol and Brandon, and all of Mark’s family members, as well as close friends. I met Mark in 1980, as Bruce’s brother. We became good friends. Mark played an instrumental role in my life those many years ago, and then again later as I experienced great loss. His moral support and caring gestures, his ever present smile, and his corny jokes and hearty laugh gave me reason to keep going many times over. The world has lost a great man with Mark’s passing. Heaven must be a lot more fun with him around! My prayers for healing and comfort flow to you. Mary

  30. Moorhead MN
    Carol my sincere sympathy to you and the entire family. I was very proud to have been able to play in a band with Mark for so many years. He loved his music and he made every dance job a fun time. Not only was he a great musician but he was also a great friend. I will always cherish our playing time and our friendship forever. Thoughts and prayers to you all. Earl Olson

  31. To Carol and family….I know no words will change the situation or bring you any solace, but please know that many people are holding you in thoughts and prayers. Mark was an amazing man who touched the lives of so many. His humor and larger than life personality will definitely never be forgotten. And the skills he taught to so many musicians will continue to bring joy to people every time they pick up an instrument. Although we all wish he was still here with us in person, he will always be in our hearts and memories. Stay strong and lean on friends and family.

  32. Fargo ND

    I am so sorry to hear about Mark’s passing. Seems life is to short and god took home an angel a little to soon for the rest of us.

    I will always remember the great times we had with both you and Mark and also the lunches we used to have when I worked up North. Take care of your self Carol and know people are with you in prayer.

    God Bless…Marybeth Workin