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“We must go when we are called. Not negotiable. No second guess. ... To Chelsea, Clay, Rochelle: What Mark gave you will be your comfort. Our prayers...Read More »
1 of 29 | Posted by: Margo Mumma - Minnetonka, MN

“To the family of Mark. Words cannot express the grief you are going thru right now. My wife Angie and I met Mark who helped us find our new home in...Read More »
2 of 29 | Posted by: Ted Smith - Coralville, IA

“I am very sorry to read of the loss of Mark. I was a teacher of one of his children. Sincerely,Richard H. Keilig Jr. ”
3 of 29 | Posted by: Richard Keilig Jr. - Centerville, IA

“Mark will never be forgotten. I know I'll always look over at the house expecting to see that grin on his face and waiting for a comment what ever...Read More »
4 of 29 | Posted by: Julie Snyder - Bloomfield, IA

“I am so sorry to hear about this tragedy! My thoughts and prayers go out for you. [I am a distant cousin; my maternal grandmother, Arabella Lowe...Read More »
5 of 29 | Posted by: Karen Zeck - Knoxville, IA

“I remember Mark and 2 of his buddies bought me as "a slave" in slave auction during Freshman Initiation of my high school career in Seymour. Being...Read More »
6 of 29 | Posted by: Graham Noble - Shawnee, KS

“It is still unbelievable that Mark is gone. He will be truly missed - I was so looking forward to having Mark as my President of the South East...Read More »
7 of 29 | Posted by: Barbara Kerr - Burlington, IA

“I was so shocked and saddened upon hearing of Mark's passing. I only knew him for a short time as a fellow member of the Southeast Iowa Regional...Read More »
8 of 29 | Posted by: Diane Kroll - Burlington, IA

“I'm so sorry to heard about Mark !! ”
9 of 29 | Posted by: Marisela Sanchez - Friend

“So sorry to hear. I got to know Mark through real estate meetings. RIP Mark and may God comfort your family. ”
10 of 29 | Posted by: Maggie Popson - Des Moines, IA

“Rochelle, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you! !! ”
11 of 29 | Posted by: Lisa Garrett Hugen

“Thoughts and Prayers for the family ”
12 of 29 | Posted by: Harold and Twyla Hulme - IA

“Chelsea and Clay my God be with you and give you strength. The pain is all to real. One day at a time kids, sometimes one minute at a time. You...Read More »
13 of 29 | Posted by: Nickole Archer - Centerville, IA

“Chelsea and family,My condolences on this tragic loss. May you find peace and comfort with the support from each other during this difficult time...Read More »
14 of 29 | Posted by: Sheila Mattly - Corydon, IA

“You have my deepest sympathy on the death of Mark. I was able to get to know him in 2015 - present time as a fellow member on the Southeast Iowa...Read More »
15 of 29 | Posted by: Karen Converse - Oskaloosa, IA

“So very sorry for your loss Rochelle. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. ”
16 of 29 | Posted by: Sherri Guiter - Bloomfield, IA

“I am so sorry for your loss. Mark was a great guy and I really enjoyed working with him on the Regional Board. He was a true professional and made...Read More »
17 of 29 | Posted by: Tim Peevler - Keokuk, IA

“I still can't believe this, Mark was a great guy & obviously touched many people's lives, I hadn't seen him much lately but the last time I did he...Read More »
18 of 29 | Posted by: Robin Bennett - Holt, MO - Friend

“So sorry for your loss! Thoughts and prayers to you all! ”
19 of 29 | Posted by: Jan Townsend - Bloomfield, IA

“In memory of your loved one and with sympathy in your loss.May you find comfort in your great memories. ”
20 of 29 | Posted by: Karen Burns Mattly - Corydon, IA

“So sorry for Mark's family of their loss, he will forever be missed. ”
21 of 29 | Posted by: Marion & Jane Zemo - Centerivlle, IA

“Mark I will always remember you as a great friend, wonderful father and a very Loyal Person. Keep in touch from Above! You will be Truly be Misses. ...Read More »
22 of 29 | Posted by: Deanna Varese - Friend

“I am writing this with a very heavy heart as today I realize a very dear friend has been taken away. Words cannot say what he meant to me and all...Read More »
23 of 29 | Posted by: Marlys Ragan - Moravia, IA

“So very sorry. I enjoyed working with Mark. He was a great person. ”
24 of 29 | Posted by: Madeline Cummins - Ankeny, IA

“Chelesa I am so sorry for your loss. May God be with you and your family and this saddened time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.Thinking of...Read More »
25 of 29 | Posted by: Debra VanDyne - Centerville, IA

“Thoughts and prayers! Mark was an amazing guy and will be deeply missed. ”
26 of 29 | Posted by: Haley Cowan - Cincinnat, IA

“I am praying for strength and comfort for all of Marks family and friends. He will be missed . ”
27 of 29 | Posted by: Janet Demry - Centerville, IA

“Chelsea and family, I am so sad to hear and see the reports of Mark's death. Please know that I will be thinking of you all in the coming days. ”
28 of 29 | Posted by: Dianne Strickler - springville, IA

“God bless the family with comfort. My heart aches. The world will miss Mark so much. He was a great person and I'm so glad the I was able to know him. ”
29 of 29 | Posted by: Barb Melvin - Centerville, IA


Mark Alan Garretson, age 47 of Bloomfield, Iowa, formerly of Centerville, Iowa, passed away Saturday, May 7, 2016.

He was born in Centerville, Iowa on October 9, 1968, the son of Jerry and Janet Jean (Richardson) Garretson. Mark graduated from Seymour High School in 1987. He continued his education at Iowa State University. Mark graduated from Buena Vista University with a bachelor's degree in Business. He was united in marriage to Rochelle Lawson on June 26, 2010.

Mark was a lifelong resident of Southern Iowa. He was employed with Rathbun Regional Water Association for nearly twenty three years as an accountant. Mark also obtained his Iowa real estate license in 2005 at which time he joined Action Realty/Iowa Realty. He later joined Weber Real Estate where he specialized in Sales & Marketing, relocations and property management. Mark also maintained the SFR (Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource) Certification. In 2014-2015 he was the President of the Rathbun Regional Board of Realtors, previously serving the past eight years as the board secretary and treasurer, as well as the MLS committee chairman. Mark also served on the board of directors for the Southeast Iowa Regional Board of Realtors.

In January of 2014 Mark graduated from the Missouri Auctioneer School, achieving the title of Colonel. Mark enjoyed his time as an auctioneer.

Mark treasured the opportunity to serve the community in a volunteer role as both a special deputy with the Appanoose County Sheriff's Office and a volunteer firefighter with the Centerville Fire Department.

Mark possessed many hobbies in his free time, including camping, woodworking, carpentry, tractor shows, and attending the Iowa State Fair. He was a member of the Plano Christian Church. Most importantly, he cherished the time he spent with his family and friends, especially his wife, Rochelle and his two children, Chelsea and Clay.

He is survived by his wife, Rochelle Garretson of Bloomfield, Iowa; two children, Chelsea Garretson (Fiancé, Virgil Shondel) and Clay Garretson both of Centerville, Iowa; his parents, Jerry and Jean Garretson of Centerville, Iowa; a brother, Kent (Jennifer) Garretson, and his children, Samuel Garretson and Julianna Garretson all of Andover, Kansas; his grandmother, Grace Scott of Centerville, Iowa; Father-in-law Junior Lawson and mother-in-law, Kay Lawson of Moulton, Iowa; Grandmothers, Christine White of Centerville, Iowa and Doris Lawson of Bloomfield, Iowa; a sister-in-law, Rhonda (Ronnie) Norton of Bloomfield, Iowa; brother in laws, Randy (Barb) Lawson of Bloomfield, Iowa, Ryan Lawson of Bloomfield, Iowa and Robert Lawson of West Lafayette, Indiana; nieces, Alyssa (Jason) Gardner of Moulton, Iowa and Drew Norton of Cedar Falls; Nephews, Travis (Jennifer) Knowler of Moulton, Iowa, and Dakota (Kayci) Knowler of Ankeny, Iowa; two great nieces and two great nephews.

Mark was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Carl and Cora Garretson; his grandfather, John Richardson; and a step grandfather, Alva Scott.

Funeral services will be held at 10 AM, Friday, May 13, 2016 at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville, Iowa with Pastor Lloyd Johnston and Jeff Probasco officiating. Burial will follow in the Sunset View Cemetery near Moulton, Iowa. A visitation will take place on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at Lange Funeral Home in Centerville from 10 AM-8PM, with the family greeting friends from 5-8 PM. Memorials have been established to the family of Mark Garretson and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544. Condolences may be shared online at www.langefh.com.