Born on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 1953, in Fulton, NY to Herman and Marilyn Fox, Mark passed away unexpectedly on June 22, 2011 and will be sadly missed by his loving family, friends and colleagues.  Mark was a partner in and immediate past president of Fraser Trebilcock Davis & Dunlap law firm in Lansing, Michigan, where he began his legal career nearly 25 years ago.  Mark will be remembered for loyalty, wit, courage, compassion and determination.

Following his graduation from the University of Vermont, Mark enjoyed stints as a radio reporter and print journalist, later establishing his own political consulting firm in East Lansing, Michigan. Thereafter, he attended the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where he received his J.D. cum laude.

In addition to his passion for the law, Mark had a lifelong interest in politics.  He worked on many political campaigns across the U.S., in national, state and local elections from Alaska to Vermont. He was a trusted adviser to numerous elected officials, and was appointed to the State Ethics Board by then Governor Granholm.  Mark had an encyclopedic knowledge of modern political history.  He was an avid reader of non-fiction biographies and historical books.  Mark enjoyed music and was a huge Bob Dylan fan.  Above all else, Mark was a proud father and devoted husband. Being a dad was truly his most important accomplishment.  He enjoyed spending his free time with his family, attending his children’s soccer games, traveling, and watching movies.

Mark is survived by his wife of 19 years, Anita Fox; his children, Tyler, Meredith and Gregory; brother, Craig Fox of Burlington, VT; sister, Karen Fox of Birmingham, MI; sister-in-law, Lynne (Ken) Page; brothers-in-law, Glen (Gail) Raby and Mark Raby; mother-in-law, Barbara Raby; nephew, Kyle Page; nieces, Shannon Raby and Dana Page; goddaughter, Jessica Levine; and godsons, Andres, Diego and Sergio Acevedo, who were like sons to him.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Temple Beth Israel, 801 W. Michigan Ave., Jackson, MI  49202. A meal of condolence will be served at the temple following services. Rabbi Jonathan V. Plaut will officiate. Interment will follow at approximately 2:15 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery, 1709 E. Mt. Hope, Lansing, MI  48910.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alliance for Paired Donation, Inc., www.paireddonation.org, a charity Mark helped form and on whose Board he served. Arrangements by Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.

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    Don Reisig Says:

    JUst learned of Mark’s death. Had the pleasure of Working with him on a number of election issues.

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    Tim Nichols Says:

    Dear Anita and Family,

    Life is a gift and that is how Mark looked at it. It took my breath away when I learned of Mark’s death. I greatly enjoyed the times we spent discussing politics and the labor unions and how they they both intertwined in trying to improve the lives of so many men, women and children! He always carried an infectious smile, one that all of us will remember for ever. May the strength of your family and the love of your friends be with you to help you through this most difficult time.

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    Lynn Jondahl Says:

    Anita and Family – I’m sad to learn of Mark’s death. However, my reflections on his life make me smile. His positive spirit and enthusiasm always was contagious. I relished the time we spent together plotting, analysing, telling stories and resolving major and minor challenges. We are missing a wonderful person. I wish all of you the best as you confront your loss.

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    Stacey Byck Says:

    Dear Anita and Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Please let me know if can do anything at all for you.

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    S. Barbara Raby Says:

    Dear son, Mark,

    We sorely miss you and we will all stand by your family.

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