Mark grew up in Spokane and went to the University of Idaho, graduating with an agricultural degree. He worked as a superintendent for 15 years at Twin Lakes Village Golf Club in Rathdrum, Idaho. He then went to work for Horizon Irrigation & Landscape, providing irrigation systems to all kinds of businesses, including golf courses. He and his wife raised their two daughters in the Seattle area. Mark provides on-site logistical assistance for all championships and qualifiers conducted by the Association.