Mark William Stevens

October 25, 1945 - November 20, 2021
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Longtime Nokomis resident, Mark W. Stevens, 76, died peacefully on November 20, 2021 with his wife, Alice Wilhoit, by his side as she had been for 30 years.

Mark was born October 25, 1945 in St. Louis, Missouri, to William and Vinita Stevens.

Mark had a prolific career as an architect and as a Licensed General Contractor whose work influenced almost every corner of the State of Florida. His specialty was high-end design and construction of residential and commercial structures that were both aesthetic as well as able to withstand the punishment of even the most severe storms. Many of his projects have been tested, but none have failed.

He had a passionate love of salt water sports, specifically sport diving and fishing. As a young man during a chance visit to the Florida Keys, he fell in love with all that the pristine Florida waters had to offer an ambitious Midwesterner keen on adventure. He and his family moved from Charleston, SC to the Florida Keys in 1973 which began a lifetime of exploring favorite destinations in Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico and Belize. It was not long before his talents would be called upon to design and build within these regions as well.

No matter the endeavor, Mark strove to be the very best he could be. This driving force enabled him to achieve many things. He earned the designation of Fly Fishing Instructor from the Board of Governors for Fly Fishers International. Both he and Alice had a passion for sharing the sport.

Mark & Alice enjoyed many physical activities together which included having helped found the inaugural cheerleading squad for the Kansas City Chiefs in 1965. They both could be found often at the Venice YMCA where they forged several deep and meaningful friendships.

Mark is survived by his wife, Alice; his son and daughter-in-law, Adrian & Ashleigh Stevens, and their children, Corinne and Natalie. He was so very proud of his beautiful, intelligent granddaughters, their amazing mother and especially proud of the exceptional man his son has become.

At his request, no service will be held.

Donations may be made to Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc., or any food bank of your choice.  Farley Funeral Home in Venice is handling the arrangements. A message of condolence may be sent by visiting www.farleyfuneralhome.com.

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Born: October 25, 1945
Died: November 20, 2021

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Nancy Brown Kirchhoff posted on 12/2/21

My condolences to Alice and Adrian! Mark and I became friends in high school. As happens so often lost track of each other till Reunions happened and Facebook came along. I created a Ruskin Class of 63 e-mail distribution list and Mark was on it. I used it to keep fellow alums up-to-date on any information I was aware of. Telling them about Mark’s passing was probably the toughest e-mail I have sent. What a guy. RIP dear friend.😢

 

Tommie Cheatham posted on 12/2/21

Alice, Very sorry for your loss of Mark. We really enjoyed our time with both of you at Pensacola Beach at Steve and Roxanne’s wonderful wedding. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family. Love, Tommie & Bev

 

Janice Hammar posted on 12/2/21

Mark, you were one of a kind, never to be forgotten. My condolences to dear Alice and to Adrian and his family. Rest in peace.

 

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