Mark Alan Port

Mark Alan Port

Passed: April 08, 2024
Charleston, WV

Mark Alan Port

Passed: April 08, 2024
Charleston, WV


Mark Alan Port was born on October 14, 1956, in Stayton, Oregon, to parents Arlene and Myron Port, at home on the family ranch near Scio, Oregon, where he joined his big sister, Jeanne.

Mark attended school in Scio, Oregon, where he graduated from high school. After high school, he attended the University of Oregon, receiving a degree in business. During this time, he worked as a janitor.

Mark was an accomplished pianist and organist and found enjoyment and delight in music throughout his life.

Mark found the faster pace and convenience of city life to be to his taste and found work with Charles Schwab in San Francisco. Mark lived for many years in Pleasant Hill, California, commuting to work in downtown San Francisco. Mark had some close friends and associates but never found the right person to marry and remained single throughout his life. Mark always stayed in connect with his parents while they were living, along with his sister and her children. He will be remembered as a kind and generous brother and uncle. Mark had a great sense of humor and enjoyed teasing his big sister, a trait that never disappeared though out the years. One of our last memories of Mark will be the ugly Christmas sweaters he sent out for the family for Christmas. Mark always enjoyed a good joke and giving his family a little bit of a hard time. Mark was color blind which was at times interesting. Once the family put on a little party for his 40th birthday at his parents’ home in Oregon. The big black balloons where a joke on them because Mark thought they were dark green! After many years in California, Mark’s work moved him to Florida where he continued to work with Charles Schwab. There, Mark began playing the organ for the Grace Methodist Church in Lake Mary, Florida. which he enjoyed and also where he found some friends. In 2020, COVID hit and Mark began working from home which he later found he was able to continue and allowed him to buy his own home. Mark found a nice house in Charleston, West Virginia. Perhaps the green hills in the area reminded him of his native Willamette Valley. In 2024, Mark was diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer. Mark remained a private man his entire life and preferred to deal with life on his own and in his own way so his family is not sure of all that Mark was dealing with but on April 8, 2024, Mark was found deceased in his home.

Mark was preceded in death by his parents, Myron and Arlene Port.

Survivors include his sister, Jeanne Gettle of Weiser, Idaho; nephew, David Gettle of Weiser, Idaho, and nieces, Susan Lamantia of Weiser, Idaho, and Ruth Gabbert of Hermosa, South Dakota, as well as his grand nephews.

Mark will be missed and fondly remembered.

Condolences may be sent to his family at .

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, West Virginia, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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1 responses to Mark Alan Port

  1. My deepest sympathies to Mark’s family during this difficult time. Losing a loved one is never easy.
    I had the privilege of meeting Mark at Charles Schwab. As a contractor on his team, I quickly realized that Mark was not only knowledgeable but also incredibly kind. His guidance and support made my transition into the workforce smooth, and I eventually found my career in the same field. Mark taught me valuable lessons, with hard work being the foremost among them.
    Mark and I worked side by side for 11 years. During that time, we exchanged stories, shared laughter, and even raised a glass or two. We stayed connected despite being on opposite coasts after leaving Schwab, we kept our friendship alive through jokes and messages.
    Mark, you left an indelible mark on my life, both professionally and personally. Your kindness and friendship will always be cherished. You are deeply missed, my friend.

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