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Mark Coker

Mark Coker, 43, Topeka, died June 3, 2012, at Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center from a severe head injury. He gave the gift of life through organ and tissue donation.

Mark Coker

Mark Coker

He was born May 31, 1969, in Topeka, the third child of Walt and Pat Mercier Coker. He graduated in 1987 from Shawnee Heights High School and also graduated from then Kaw Area Technical School.

He had been employed since 1989 by Shawnee Heights School District No. 450. He previously worked at Hypermart and Little Engine Doctor.

In 1991, he was the top rookie in the state bus driver roadeo competition. He competed at the international level three times – in 1993, 2001 and 2003 – winning the competition in 2003.

He married Kim Howbert. They divorced. Survivors include his parents of Topeka; brother, Greg Coker, Overbrook; and sister, Paula Auten, Tecumseh.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Walter and Anna Coker, Ness City, and his maternal grandparents Pat and Juanita Mercier, Valley Falls.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 7, at St. Matthew Catholic Church, Topeka. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Valley Falls.

A parish vigil service was held at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The family visitation lasted until 8 p.m.

Memorials can be made to St. Matthew Catholic Church or to Shawnee Heights High School to be designated at a later date and sent in care of Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW 6th Ave., Topeka, 66603.

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