READFIELD - Mark J. Hiendlmayr, 65, of Main Street, died peacefully at his home on September 2, 2014.
He was born on June 15, 1949, in Westlake, Ohio, the son of Roy and Rita (Spencer) Hiendlmayr.
Mark graduated from Westlake High School, in Westlake, Ohio, in 1967. Mark earned his bachelor's degree in macroeconomics from Defiance College, in Defiance, Ohio. He attended Kent State University for a year to earn teaching certification in business, and Bowling Green University for a year to earn teaching certification in industrial arts. Mark earned his MBA in business from the University of New Hampshire. While he was a student at Defiance, he was captain of the varsity track team and held the record in pole-vaulting for many years. In addition to being a full-time student, Mark worked fulltime for the athletic department maintaining the athletic fields and operating the gym. Mark was well known by both the staff and student body for his enthusiastic involvement in college life and for his converted milk truck which served as his main mode of transportation and occasional housing.
Mark's father instilled in his family a very strong work ethic. As a result, Mark began working at fourteen years of age delivering Western Union telegrams on his bicycle. His many summer jobs included delivering appliances for Sears and Roebuck, working at the Republic Steel Mills in Cleveland, pouring molten metal at General Motors, and working as a gandy dancer on the track crew of N & W Railroad.
After a couple of years teaching in Ohio, Mark moved to Maine and taught industrial arts for six years at Richmond High School, and eighteen years at Oak Hill High School. In 1999, he was hired at Maranacook Community High School, and two years later began teaching technology education at the newly built Maranacook Community Middle School. For eight years, Mark was part of a dynamic Unified Arts Team at the middle school until he made the decision to retire in 2008 due to illness after thirty-six successful and fulfilling years in education.
During his teaching career, Mark and his colleague and friend, Rick Bray, received an award from the International Technology Education Association for the state of Maine's "Program of the Year." He served as president of the Maine Association of Technology Teachers, the New England Association of Technology Teachers, and the Oak Hill Teachers Union, and various roles in other educational committees and associations.
In his lifetime Mark always worked hard, but even more importantly, he always played hard. He is known for his positive attitude, great sense of fun, and love of life and the outdoors. Over the years, he has led many people on hiking, biking, boating and motorcycle adventures which at times seemed precarious. During his retirement, Mark has traveled extensively including trips to Europe, Belize, and the Carribean. He also accompanied his high school friend, Jim Keiding, on many memorable motorcycle trips in the United States and Canada, including a cross-country trip during which Mark earned his thousand mile "Iron Butt Award".
Mark had many talents and skills which included carpentry and home building. He built twenty-six houses in his lifetime including his most recent project, a lovely cottage on Main Street in Readfield, with the assistance of several close friends, family, and local contractors. This endeavor was therapeutic to Mark, and he received such positive energy from those directly involved in the design and construction, and from community members who would stop by to check on the progress and compliment him on his accomplishments.
Of everything in his life, Mark was most proud of his family. He looked back fondly on the enjoyable years that he and his former wife, Wendy Wagner, spent raising their children together. He was so proud of the accomplishments of his daughter, Dr. Kara Hiendlmayr, his son, Dr. Brett Hiendlmayr, and his daughter-in-law Dr. Luisa Hiendlmayr. They have demonstrated undying compassion for others, leadership in their fields, and dedication to making a difference in the world - qualities that Mark possessed and modeled as father, teacher, and friend.
He is survived by his daughter, Dr. Kara Hiendlmayr of Greenville, North Carolina, and his son, Dr. Brett Hiendlmayr and his wife Dr. Luisa Hiendlmayr of Colchester, Connecticut; his brother, Gary, of Las Vegas, Nevada; sisters, Heidi Voss and her husband Gary of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Wendy Hoover and her husband Gordon of Providence, Rhode Island; also several nieces and nephews.
Mark was very thankful for the wonderful memories that he had with family and friends, including his closest friend, Linda Nichols, with whom he shared many years of fun, love, and adventure, and her family who considered him a very special honorary member.
Mark wanted to thank the supportive and loving people that have helped him through years of treatment for multiple myeloma. He wanted to give a heartfelt thank you to his loving sister, Wendy, for the daily phone calls. Mark, his family, and friends sincerely thank Dr. Don Magioncalda and his staff at the Alfond Cancer Center in Augusta for the special care he received there. Mark truly regarded them as family and appreciated their humor and positive energy. In addition, he thanks the caring nurses of MaineGeneral Hospice who helped him in his final days. Also, Mark could not express strongly enough his appreciation for the longtime friendship and medical support he received from his very close friends, Dr. Pete DeWolfe, and Lisa DeWolfe, PA.
Visiting will be held from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, September 6, at Roberts Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 62 Bowdoin St., Winthrop, where a celebration of Mark's life will follow at 11:00.
In lieu of flowers or donations, Mark requested that friends occasionally think of him while enjoying relationships with loved ones and adventures in the great outdoors.
Condolences, memories and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the website at www.khrfuneralhomes.com.