WATERLOO — On Aug. 11 at 7:38 p.m. Mark Uttech’s spirit left this world after a yearlong battle with cancer.
He was born March 24, 1953, in Watertown, son of Harold and Lois (Braunschweig) Uttech.
Mark was an avid writer with several published poetry books, was a dedicated Aikido instructor providing classes locally and nationally and was a wonderful father to five children. He spent his life learning and teaching, had a contagious sense of humor, and enjoyed living his life in the country. He opened and operated his dojo, Yanagi Yoshin-Ji Aikido Dojo in Marshall for over 20 years.
Marcel Uttech said “Dad was a man who knew the power of staying-put. He achieved so much by slowly and continuously working on one thing at a time. He was never one to give up on anyone or anything, and that strength he carried with him to the end. He truly left the world a better place than when he found it.”
On the day that he passed I found his picture (the one shown) taped next to this excerpt in one of dad’s books: “Death might appear to be the issue of life, but those who follow the eternal Way do not count the time” — author unknown. He always had a unique way of saying things, including something as special as saying good-bye.
He is survived by his mother, Lois (Charlie) Bartz, siblings include four brothers, Steve (Deb) of Watertown, Jay of Watertown, John (Lori) of Watertown and Scott (Melanie) Arizona. He is survived by his sons, Marcel and Nathan (Tracy); his daughters, Myra, Ashley (Will) Smith and Karla (Scott) Dokken; and his grandchildren, Tyler, Kaylee, Meaghan, Sara, Connor, Cole, Calynn, Kasten, Sadie, McKenzie, Alex, Ryan and Lucas.
He was preceded in death by his father Harold Uttech.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary of the Nativity Parish, 120 S. Beebe St., Marshall.