Mark with his granddaughter Junia
Mark K. Mellis
26 July 1956 – 26 May 2022
On 26 May, 2022, Mark Mellis fell asleep in the Lord at his home in Roseville, California, surrounded by his family and loved ones. He leaves behind a rich legacy, and is survived by his wife Jana, their children Kevin, Luke, and Rachel, granddaughter Junia, his sister Melodie Wopschall, and his daughter-in-law Julia, wife of his son Luke.
Notes on the Burial
All are welcome to attend the graveside service at Miramar National Cemetery (see above for date and address). If you wish to attend, please bear the following in mind:
The hearse will be in place near the gate at 11:30 AM.
Family and friends should line up their cars behind the hearse.
At 11:45 AM the hearse will drive to the location for the ceremony and all will process together.
If you arrive after 11:45 you are still welcome to join us! But you may need to drive around to find the location for the ceremony.
The ceremony, with Navy honors followed by prayers, will begin at 12 noon.
The ceremony will end at 12:30 PM; cemetery staff will convey Mark to his resting place, and family and friends can return later to pay their respects at the graveside.
After the ceremony there will be a reception and memorial meal at St. Gregory of Nyssa Orthodox Parish. All are welcome!
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation in Mark’s name to one or more of these institutions and charities he supported in life.
St. Anna Philoptochos
American Cancer Society
World Vision International
Father Joe’s Villages
For over 70 years, Father Joe’s Villages have been working to prevent and end homelessness, one life at a time by providing food, shelter, clothing, job training, free medical care, and more. Mark’s son Luke has worked at Father Joe’s health center for several years and the whole family supports and believes in its mission.
619-HOMELESS / 619-466-3537
Mark and his family have also had a long and close relationship with a number of monastic communities, and loved to visit them and developed deep friendships with the monks and nuns there. The family encourages donations in his name to support them.
Holy Assumption Monastery
St. Barbara Orthodox Monastery
The Monastery of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco
All-Merciful Saviour Monastery
Protection of the Holy Virgin Monastery
PO Box 416
Lake George, CO 80827
Kevin Mellis, Luke Mellis, Julia Mellis née Jianu, Jana Mellis, Mark Mellis, Christopher Hamm, Junia Mellis, Rachel Mellis