Mark passed away on February 9, 2012 at the Sidney Health Center in Sidney, MT after a sudden heart attack. 

Mark was born on February 20, 1962, in Milwaukee, WI.  At an early age he moved to Fargo and graduated from Fargo North H.S. in 1980. He continued his education at Dakota Aero Tech with an Aircraft and Powertrain degree. He then attended mechanic school at Harley-Davidson and later Bismarck Technical College, graduating with a Heating and Cooling degree.

Mark was united in marriage to Sharon on November 25, 1995. They made their home in Hunter, ND prior to returning to Fargo where they have lived since. Mark worked as a mechanic for Harley-Davidson in Fargo, Precision Concrete Cutters, Swift Trucking, Clayton Drake Trucking, Valley Grain Trucking and most recently for E & B Trucking.

Throughout his life, Mark loved the outdoors. He spent many days boating, fishing and hunting with family, friends and his beloved dog , Ginger. He was a gentle soul who cherished time spent with his family. He was a multi-talented person who could do anything he set his mind to. Mark will be remembered as a devoted husband, loving son and loyal friend to many.

Mark is survived by his wife, Sharon of Fargo; his parents, Lynn and Nancy Crooks of Fargo; his sister, Lori (Dan) Traiser of Fergus Falls, MN - and their children, Kristin, Jenna and Erik Traiser. Also surviving are his mother-in-law, Betty Stromberg, his brothers-in-law, Tim (Renee Wentz) Stromberg and Jim Stromberg all of Wahpeton; and Bill (Cathy) Stromberg of Madison, SD; five other nieces and nephews; and many other very dear relatives and friends.

Mark is preceded in death by his father, Howard Ponik; his step-son, Louie West; his grandparents and aunts and uncles.

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  1. Fargo ND
    Sharon, my heart goes out to you for the loss of your husband. God be with you. You will be in my prayers and thoughts.

  2. Montevideo MN
    Sharon, I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your dearest friend and life partner. I have been lifting you up to the Lord since hearing of Mark’s passing. Lean on those that can offer you heart felt comfort. Keep looking to day when you will be together once again.

  3. Spicer MN
    My Dear, Dear Friend Sharon, my heart is breaking for you. You and Mark shared a love that some only dream of. It was true, honest, respectful, and playful! Something to behold. We so liked that hubby of yours and what wonderful memories you hold in your heart. Our love and friendship is with you! God Bless you my dear friend. My heart is with you.

  4. Fargo ND
    Mark was a very nice guy. I think he was very honest as well. I will always think of him as a very good guy.

  5. Sharon,
    I was so saddened to hear of Mark’s death. There are no words but please know that my heart goes out to you and I am thinking of you during this most diffecult time. I will always remember Mark’s smile and kind nature. Hold your memories close. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


  6. Lynn, Nancy, & Lori. I am so sorry to hear about Mark and his untimely passing. My prayers are out to you and to his wife.

  7. Fargo ND
    Sharon – So sorry to read about Mark’s death. You are in our thoughts during this difficult time, and you are in our prayers.

  8. Fargo ND
    Dear Sharon ~

    I was deeply shocked and saddened to hear about Mark’s passing. I will remember his gentle nature and the way he always looked at you with that mixture of love and amusement in his eyes! I know your strong faith will get you through this, but remember to lean on your friends and family during this difficult time.

    In friendship,


  9. Fargo ND
    Nancy and Lynn,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. What a shock. Do know that I’m thinking of you and remembering to add extra prayers for you and your family.

    Most sincerely,
    Mary Ann

  10. Sharon – Thinking of you and praying for God’s hands to hold you during this time. Please let your family and friends offer their help with anything you may need.

  11. Casa Grande AZ
    Dear Nancy & Lynn:

    We are very saddend by the sudden and untimely death of your son Mark. It wasn’t or it seemed that long ago that we used to see Mark as a young boy in our neighborhhod and then as a young man full of life and energy.

    We deeply share your sorrow. PLease give our condolences to his wife. It must be devastating to her as it is to you to loose a wonderful young man in the peak of his life.

    We wish you much strength in the coming months to endure this big loss.

    Mort and Sharon Mazaheri

  12. Sharon, we are so deaply saddened by the news of Mark’s death. The description of him as a kind and gentle man could not be closer to the kind of man he was. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him. I pray that God will be with you all and comfort you in this time of great sorrow. May your love and good memories sustain you. We are sorry that we can not be there, but we will be there for you when we return to ND

  13. Fargo No. DakSharon, you have my deepest Sympathy. Was really shocked when I seen the Obituary in the Forum. You will be in my prayers.


  14. Grand Forks ND
    Sharon and family: I am so sorry, shocked and saddened to hear of Mark’s death – he was a great guy and taken too soon. I can’t imagine what you are going through all I can do is send thoughts and prayers your way. And I pray that you are comforted by many wonderful memories and that you will always feel Mark with you, cheering you on in this life. Love is eternal, it never dies…

  15. Moorhead MN
    Sharon- We are so sad to hear of Mark’s passing. He was such a sweet guy and so perfect for you. May God hold you in the palm of His hand and give you comfort and peace. We are praying for you and all of your family as you go through this heartbreak.

  16. Sharon – You are in our thoughts and prayers and we are here for anything you need. May you find the strength you need in God and find peace in his everlasting love. Mark and you are like family to us and we will miss him dearly. You know where to find us when you need a shoulder to lean on.

  17. Fargo ND
    Sharon, Mark was a wonderful guy and I can’t imagine the loss you must be feeling. We were so VERY sad to hear of this news. Hang on to the memories and keep your family and friends close. We are here if you need us.
    Brock and Nancy Lambrecht

  18. Fargo ND
    Sharon – I am so sorry to hear about Mark’s death. I have been thinking about you and what you must be going through. Know that I am here if there is anything you need. God Bless you and may Gods peace be with you during this time. Denise Hudson

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