Morley, Mark Burrows, Saginaw, Michigan


Passed away suddenly Monday, July 18, 2011, in a sailboating accident. Age 51 years. Mark was born April 19, 1960, in Saginaw, the son of Susanne E. (Schmitz) and Peter Burrows Morley. He graduated from Douglas MacArthur High School with the Class of 1978 and received his Associate Degree from Lansing Community College. He had been employed as a Trade Show Manager, Designer/Specifier with Morley Companies. Mark died doing one of the things he loved most in this world: sailing. He relished the challenge and cherished the camaraderie found on the open water. Dale Carnegie observed “The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The ‘sure-thing’ boat never gets far from the shore.” As a sailor, Mark was never afraid to lose sight of the shore. A member of Saginaw Bay Yacht Club, he was respected in the broader sailing community not only for his skill on the seas, but also for his willingness to help others in need and his talent for telling tales that evoked laughter from himself and those fortunate to know him. Aside from sailing, Mark was happiest at the family cottage at Lakeside spending time with family and friends. His favored pastimes included rebuilding European sports cars in his garage, skiing and model building. A loving father to his daughter, Sage, Mark was a very strong supporter of Saginaw and was proud of his family's deep roots in the area. That pride was evident in his extensive service to Saginaw. Mark was President of the Morley Foundation and served as a board member for the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, the Delta College Foundation, and the Saginaw Club. He also served on the committees for Saginaw’s sesquicentennial celebration and the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize. Not limited to Saginaw, Mark also served on the board of the Council of Michigan Foundations. Surviving are his daughter, Sage Morley, Saginaw; his parents, Pete and Sue Morley, Gulf Shores, Alabama; one sister and three brothers, Lindy Morley, Saginaw, Peter and Susan (Dent) Morley, Midland, Mathew and Kathy( Calkins) Morley, Midland, and Bill and Kim (Goggans) Morley, Higgins Lake; his nieces and nephews, Stuart, Stephanie, Pierce, Andrew and Branden; many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives, and many friends. His girlfriend, Suzanne Makowski-Bickel, also passed away in the accident. He was preceded in death by his grandparents. The family would like to express its profound appreciation to the crew of the “Sociable” for rescuing the other sailors aboard the “WingNuts” when it capsized July 18 during the Chicago to Mackinac sailing race. Their heroic and lifesaving efforts prevented further loss of life that would have made this tragedy even more difficult to bear. In addition, the family is grateful to the U.S. Coast Guard for their professional search and rescue efforts. A memorial service will take place on Friday, July 29, 2011 at the Temple Theatre, 201 N. Washington Ave., where his family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. until the time of service which begins at 1:00 p.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, the Saginaw Art Museum, or the Temple Theatre Foundation or the Saginaw Bay Community Sailing Association. www.casefuneralhome.com