Mar 16, 2021


March 16, 2021


Mark Youngs Deloria, 72, of Marquette, died Tuesday morning, March 16, 2021, at his home, with his wife by his side and under the care of Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice.

Mark was born in 1948 in Stambaugh, Michigan, a son of the late Stanley and Jane (Youngs) Deloria.

After graduation from high school Mark proudly served his country with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was one of only 4 from his boot camp to be sent to "clerk training" and was stationed in Korea. He was discharged in 1971 and returned to Marquette to finish his degree. It was then that he met his current wife, Susan. He then started working in management in the restaurant industry. In 1981 he moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico working as manager in Carrow's restaurant.

He was then promoted and moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico to work as the manager of the Carrow's there. In 1984 he married his first wife, Laurel Lane with whom he and Susan have maintained a friendship.

In 1985 Mark moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota to help with his brother, Jan's business, Buttons Etc. In 1993 he moved back to Marquette and began his work as a legal assistant for Laura Grover and continued in this position until his illness forced him to stop.

In March 2001 he married Susan and they bought a house in Sands Township. Mark enjoyed gardening, nature walks, caring for their many houseplants, caring for their cats and dogs, reading, and spending time with his friends.

He will be remembered for his consistent anticipation of a good laugh and a sincere hug. Loved by all, hated by none; a role model for human kind, Mark will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Survivors include his wife of 20 years, the former Susan Schultz whom he married on March 20, 2001 in Marquette; two brothers, Jan (Laurel) Deloria of Minneapolis, MN and Don Deloria of Iron River, MI; two brothers-in-law, Jay (Leah) Schultz of Novi, MI and Larry (Susan) Schultz of Metamora, MI; a sister-in-law, Nancy Szerlag of Rochester, MI, several nieces and nephews many dear friends.

A celebration of Mark's life will be planned for later this summer at the family home and will be announced.

Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy are kindly asked to consider UPAWS, PO Box 968, Marquette, MI 49855 or Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice, 914 W. Baraga Ave., Marquette, MI 49855 in Mark's memory.

Canale-Tonella Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the Mark's family where memories may be shared at

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