Mark Dean Wait

January 8, 1987 ~ January 5, 2021 (age 33)


Mark Dean Wait, 33, met his Heavenly Father on January 5th, 2021, 3 days shy of his birthday. Mark was born January 8, 1987 to Ed and Nancy Wait of Benton, Kansas. He was the typical ornery, all-American farm boy. He loved the farm. A strong work ethic was instilled in him at a very young age and defined who Mark was as an adult. One of his nicknames was Red, White, and Blue Boy. He had stark white hair, red lips, and blue eyes. As a child he was active in 4-H, showing family raised show pigs and loved playing baseball for the Rockies. He was a great brother to Jenna and Staci and was outnumbered most of the time being the only boy.

Mark attended Circle High School graduating in 2005. He played baseball as catcher and pitcher and was handy in woodworking class. He loved to ride and race dirt bikes, fish, and remained active in 4-H. Mark was a friend to all and remained close to his high school buddies throughout his life.

After high school he attended Butler Community College where he completed his welding degree. His instructor expressed that Mark was one of the best welders that had gone through the program. After he graduated, he worked at Ace Construction in Towanda, KS. He eventually went on the road and became a self-employed pipeline welder. In his work, Mark met many welders across the country and was respected by all.

In 2012, Mark married Dani Bradfield. They traveled around working together, Dani serving as Mark’s welders helper. They bought a home in Crescent, Oklahoma and enjoyed completely remodeling their new house. In January 2015, their daughter Baylor Jo was born and has been the light of his life ever since.

In May 2016, Mark was in an ATV accident which left him quadriplegic and confined him to a wheelchair. They moved to Benton and built an all-accessible home.

Baylor, his dog Liz, and cat Randy have been his constant companions. Mark was a wonderful and dedicated father. Baylor learned many tasks around the house to help her daddy daily. Residents around Benton enjoyed watching their relationship. Baylor would ride on Mark’s lap as they rode around town and attended The Benton Church each Sunday.

Mark gave nicknames to those closest to him. If you had a nickname from Mark, you were in the club. Mark was a handsome guy; all the girls were jealous of his long, thick eyelashes. He will be deeply missed by many.

He was proceeded in death by maternal grandmother, Dorothy Schwemmer and paternal grandparents Leland and Nadine Wait.

Mark is survived by his daughter Baylor Wait of the home; parents Ed and Nancy of Benton; sisters Jenna (Jake) Myers, and Staci Wait all of Benton; nephews Chase, Jack, and Jett Myers and niece Jordynn Myers; grandfather, Raymond Schwemmer of Towanda; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Visitation will be Friday, January 8th at Carlson Funeral Home in El Dorado from 6-8 pm. Funeral services will be Saturday, January 9th at 2 pm at The Benton Church in Benton, KS.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Baylor Wait College Fund Scholarship Fund.

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January 8, 2021

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Carlson Funeral Home
200 S. Star
El Dorado, KS 67042

January 9, 2021

2:00 PM to TBD
The Benton Church
14300 SW 20th St.
Benton, KS 67017


Benton Cemetery

Benton, KS 67017


Baylor Wait Scholarship Fund

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