Mark Feist, beloved husband, father, son, brother and friend departed this world after a brief and difficult battle with cancer. He died Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Essentia Hospital in Fargo. His passing leaves a huge void in the lives of his family and friends. He will be loved and missed by them forever.

Mark, the fourth of six children born to Bertha (Klein) and Anthony Feist was born July 20, 1950 in Minot, ND. He grew up and attended school in the Karlsruhe area graduating from Velva High School in 1968. He attended Wahpeton State School of Science and NDSU majoring in Architecture. In the fall of 1970, he volunteered for the US Army and spent his basic training at Fort Lewis, WA. After basic he was sent to Berlin, Germany, where he remained until his honorable discharge in 1972. In the spring of 1973, he began carrying mail with the US Postal Service and in 1975 was promoted to a management position. He remained with the Postal Service for 30 years retiring in 2003.

He married Naomi Mastrud in September of 1974 and in 1982 his twin sons were born. They divorced in 1985. On January 20, 1987, he married Judie Buzick and remained married to her until the time of his death.

Mark loved motorcycles, fast cars, fancy jewelry and good times. Cooking was a favorite pastime and he prepared fabulous meals for those lucky enough to be sharing them. He always had a joke or funny comment, often leaving people at a loss for words. But his greatest love was for his family and the new home that he and Judie built in 2012. He loved visiting and getting together with the neighbors. Family holidays were always filled with lots of love, food and laughter. The big table always had room for one more person. While we will miss him terribly, we have so many happy memories to fill those sad moments. Long live the memory of our beloved “Markie”.

Mark is survived by his wife of 27 years, Judie;  mother Bertha, Minot, ND; sons, Blake Feist, Fargo, and Blaine (Jamie Asplin) Feist, Fargo; stepdaughter, Karla (Len Friedt) Buzick, Bismarck;  three brothers, Richard Feist, Gayville, SD, Brian Feist, Suwanee, GA, and Donald Feist, Minot, ND.

He was preceded in death by his father, Anthony, brother, Tony and sister, Lorraine Bossert.

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  1. Fargo ND
    Judie, I really feel for you and what you are going thru. God bless Mark. There is a lot of drinking and pool playing for the Wild Rice Pool Team. Steve,Jon, Duane and now Mark. I bet they are having a great time and smiling down on us.

  2. Hey Uncle Mark……
    Had some great times….you are solid as a rock….Just too soon for everyone…Love and miss you…….Matt and Brian…….

  3. Minot ND
    Jim and I were so terribly sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. I am Mark’s Mother’s little sister – – “favorite aunt” – and as I recall the last time we visited, I kept reminding you of how much you looked like Grandpa Klein. Mark , you enjoyed that because Grandpa was a good looking and “good” man. Bless you and God be with you.

  4. Longmont COJudy and family. I was so very saddened to hear of Mark’s sudden passing. I feel so fortunate to have spent some time with both of you this past January. Mark and you treated so well and helped out so much with transporting Mom in the cold. He will be greatly missed. Is there a particular charity that I can donate in Mark’s name? I know you have a lot of family around, but if there is anything I can do, I would love to for you.

  5. SIMI VALLEY CA – CaliforniaOur deepest condolence to the family in the passing of Mark at such a young age.

  6. Fargo ND
    Mark as I thought, you had a full house, standing room only, a very nice service! As we talked a while back of my brothers sisters and How we totally enjoyed our annual summer visits to the Feist Family Farm, it made me realize the difference between city and farm life, and the hard work involved, man those bails of hay are heavy! We will see you on the flip side, RIP.
    1st Cuz

  7. Fargo ND
    Dear Judie,
    I am so sad to hear of Mark’s passing. I remember visiting with you and Mark last winter at 9 Iron. It was great to see you both and you were so happy! May God help you and your family through these tough days and bring you peace.

  8. Fargo ND
    Judy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed caring for Mark and meeting all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I would have like to attended Mark’s service but I am working Thursday. Blessings to your all, Starla

  9. Mentor, Minn. Many times have I thought of you. All the great times we had and you had that great smile. Our Sympathy and prayers go out for your family. Till we meet again rest in peace my friend.

  10. Temple City CADear Judie and family,
    I am so sorry to learn of Mark’s passing and I can only offer my prayers for your comfort and peace in the days ahead. Have known Mark, he will be missed as he was at times,” greater than life” and leaves behind a big hole in your lives.
    God Bless you today and always,
    Cousin Renae

  11. Suwanee GaMy brother Mark…… Your zest for life has always been admirable…..always going Ahead at full speed …..
    We will all miss you a bunch !!!
    Say Hi to Dad, Lorraine , and Tony for me …….
    Brian and Matt

  12. Fargo ND
    Blake and Blaine,
    Jennifer told me of your father’s passing. I am so very sorry to hear of your loss… I can’t imagine your grief. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both and your family! My door has always been and is always open!

    “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” Matthew 5:4

  13. Northfield Minnesota

    I am SO sorry I have to even be writing this. I’m also so sorry we cannot be there to be with you and give you the hugs and affection you so deserve. But know that our every thought and prayer is with you and we love you so very much!

    Mark is in a much better place now and is no doubt having a Bloody Mary with Jeff, Grandpa and Grandma! Someday we’ll see them all again and we’ll have a toast to the wonderful life we have all shared together.

    Hang in there and know that you have lots of family and friends who love you to pieces! That includes your favorite Nephew to the south!!

    Love you very much!!

    Brian, Chris, Maxine and Nicholas

  14. Fargo ND
    Judie and family, I am so sorry to hear about Mark. When we shared office space up on the fourth floor I got to know him pretty well. I always enjoyed chatting with both him and you Judie and consider you both true friends. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  15. lake park Minnesota
    We are so sad thinking of you the boys and Karla. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you. You know I always enjoyed seeing and talking to Mark when you had we girls over. We are sending a memorial to FM Humane Society in Marks memory. Our love of dogs was a fun topic for the three of us. Fifty three years is a wonderful length of time for a friendship. Life has changed a lot for us. Husbands, kids, friends, jobs, pets, loosing our parents, your brother(Myron)and retirement and here we are FRIENDS. If you need anything call us. Love. Virg ~Bobby

  16. Fargo ND
    Dear Judie and Family,
    This morning I just heard of Mark’s passing and I am so sad and so sorry for your great loss. I will never forget that devious little smile of his that always made him look like he was up to something. It always made me chuckle! He would lend an ear whenever I needed to vent about something at work. He was a very special guy. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Judie. Much love.

  17. Barnesville MN
    Mark & I had a lot in common: both born 1950, German background, started at PO in 1973, loved motorcycling, & hung out quite a bit in our 30 years, he was a good shit & always fun, Mark will be missed, Steve “Doc” Dockter

  18. Fargo ND
    Dear Judie and Family,
    This morning I just heard of Mark’s passing and I am so sad and so sorry for your great loss. I will never forget that devious little smile of his that always made him look like he was up to something. It always made me chuckle! He would lend an ear whenever I needed to vent about something at work. He was a very special guy. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Judie. Much love.

  19. Dawson MN
    Shari and I are thinking of past times, the years go by swiftly. When loved ones are lost we must cling to fond memories.

    Judie you remain a good friend, My thoughts are with you

    Frank Aabye

  20. Minot ND
    Markie, Hard to believe just a few short weeks ago we were playing pull tabs (aka:charitable gambling, Ha Ha) and having a few cocktails. You helped so many with your contributions.Will always remember weekends at the lake, especially when you got me out of that “pickle” I was in! I will miss you bro’. RIP

  21. North Tustin, CaliforniaAs a 1st cousin to Mark, I can recall long-ago Sunday eve family visits to the Feist farm near Velva (1950s). The Feist cousins and the Klein girl cousins were all pretty shy at that age, but we always had a good time. My recollection is that Mark was the most outgoing in the family back then (and I can still remember his young boy smile). As I read about Mark now, it’s obvious he was a terrific family man and friend who will be missed by many. My deepest sympathy to all who loved Mark.

  22. Fargo ND
    Blake and Blaine, we are so sorry for your loss. We are thinking about you at this very difficult time in your lives. You are loved and surrounded by support. If you need anything at all, please let us know.
    All of our love,
    Joe and Cas

  23. horace ndTime to say Good-bye to a long time friend and long ago neighbor in Horace. Always great to find peace and to go home but hard for the ones left behind. Hold onto the memories and I am sure there are lots of them and time will heal. May God be with you all at this time

  24. San Gabriel CAThough we didn’t get to see each other very often since we lived so far away, when we did, it was a time of quick wit & much laughter! We have wonderful memories of those times and will cherish them! Our love to my cousin, Judie & their children as they adjust and re-live all those special memories. He loved life & though missed by all, he also “lived” a full life for which we are thankful. Love, Sylvia & Al.

  25. Orange CAMy sincere condolence to Mark’s family, Aunt Bertha, and cousins, Richard, Brian & Donald.

    I regret not having known Mark as an adult as it seems he was a kind man that my family would have enjoyed knowing.

    Rest in peace, Mark.

  26. Fountain Hills AZ
    Judie, Blake and Blaine,

    The Larkin family has many, many fond memories of Mark and all of you while we enjoyed being neighbors at the lake. Although I haven’t seen you all in the past years, after the lake, I remeber those years as some of my best.

    One memory I have of Mark is that he was almost always busy. I am certain he washed and waxed his cars, bikes and boats more than anyone I know.

    We enjoyed many years of playing pool and golfing. I miss those times. We will all miss Mark. He meant a lot to all the Larkins.

    Our prayers are with you all.


  27. Sorry to here about Mark’s passing. I once introduced Mark to another friend (when Mark was wearing his jewelry) and the other guy looked him over and said “A Mr. T starter kit?” He will be missed.

  28. st paul MN
    Judie & Karla,

    This time has been very difficult & I hope you find strength in your memories of how Mark lived his life. He was a wonderful man that enjoyed life to the fullest. My families thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  29. Uncle Marky,you will be missed more than words can say,we needed you many more years but God decided he wanted you now! Will love and miss you always and forever

  30. Fargo ND
    Mark will be missed but you have written a beautiful memorial of his life. The sadness of your loss is shared by many who love and care for all of you. He is at peace now in God’s hands.

  31. Glencoe Minnesota
    I didn’t keep track of Mark after high school however I can tell you that we did terrorize North Prairie a time or two back in the day. Hopefully that will bring a small smile to you all during these difficult times.

  32. Minot ND
    My dad is Ray Klein, Brother to Bertha. My condolences on on Mark’s passing. He must have been a great guy.

    Mark was closest in age to my sister, Ida. I still have childhood memories of visiting the Feist family farm.

    I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers during this trying time.

  33. Hudson WI – WisconsinJudy and Family,
    It was with great sadness that we heard today of Mark’s passing. What I remember most about Mark was how funny he was and how many great laughs we shared. Please know that Don and I are thinking of you now and in the days to come. Rest in peace Mark.

    Jane and Don Logue

  34. Fargo ND
    Judie, I am sending love and prayer to you, Karla and all of the family. This will be one of the hardest things you will go through. May God’s love embrace you and help you through the difficult days ahead. If you need to talk, I’m here for you. Take care and God Bless. Love you.

  35. Hey Brother….
    I guess you have hooked up with Dad and Tony and Lorraine….tell everyone HI…..Hopefully will see you on the flip side….

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