Mark Lee Budahl, 64, of Mitchell, SD, died Thursday, November 14, 2019, at his home.
Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Friday, November 22, 2019 at Downtown First United Methodist Church in Mitchell. Visitation will be 5-7:00 PM Thursday at Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell.
Mark Lee Budahl was born September 14, 1955 in Clay County, Texas to Leon and Barbara (Peterson) Budahl. He graduated from Madison High School, in Madison, SD in 1973. In 1977 he received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education from Dakota State University, Madison, SD and later received his Master of Arts in Mathematics from University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD. On June 18, 1977 he married Kathleen Baldwin in Mitchell, SD.
For 35 years, he taught all levels of Math and influenced thousands of students. His students remember him as a brilliant, loving and meticulous teacher- grading students to the eighth of a point to make sure they received credit for as much as they could do. He was awarded as “Teacher of the Year” for Mitchell School District in 1987-88, 1988-89, and 1991-92. In 2006 he was awarded “Carl Springer Outstanding Educator”- an award given in recognition of outstanding contributions to the scholastic and leadership of Mitchell rotary scholars. As an educator he also worked as an author consultant in Chicago, IL writing mathematics books. If Mark wasn’t correcting papers, you could always find him on the greens of the golf course. His years of coaching golf for the Mitchell High School were remembered by the lifelong friendships made on the green and in the club house.
His greatest joys were his children, Katie and Andee. He spent hours and hours travelling to swim meets across the country. He loved watching Katie and Andee succeed in the sport of swimming. He was their biggest fan always dressed in team gear head to toe. Of all the people he touched, his proudest moments were his grandchildren Ryan and Annie. He captured their love of life in so many pictures.
Mark was a golf fanatic, Minnesota Twins lover, music encyclopedia and always the joke teller at any party. The way he passed is just the way he lived: he wrote his own rules, fought every battle and was given so many chances to enjoy his family and friends until November 14, 2019.
His family would like to thank the Mitchell Davita dialysis staff who took great care of him his final years of living.
He is survived by his wife Kathy Budahl, Mitchell; daughters, Katie Price (Patrick Norman), Lawrence, KS, and Andee (Tyler) Webb, Lakeville, MN; grandchildren, Ryan Price and Annie Norman; brother, Gary (Maureen) Budahl, Fallon, NV; and mother-in-law, Gladys Ann Baldwin.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Barbara Budahl, and father-in-law, Kenneth E. Baldwin.