Mark Lee Nosack

December 23, 1954 ~ April 6, 2021

Mark Lee Nosack, 66, passed away peacefully at home on April 6, 2021 after a six month battle with glioblastoma (a malignant brain tumor).

He was born on December 23, 1954 in Murray, UT to Joseph and Virginia Nosack. He graduated from Jordan High School in 1973 and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology and law enforcement from Weber State University and a master’s degree in criminal justice from Cambridge State University. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a military police sergeant from 1973 to 1979. Upon discharge, he was hired as a police officer with Sandy City Police. He retired as a lieutenant in 2004 from the Sandy City Police. During retirement, he wrote and published two crime books.

Mark married Donna Orwin in 1972. They had a daughter, Amy and a son, Phil and later divorced. He married Sandy Schirack, the love of his life, in 1984. They celebrated 37 years of marriage in March 2021. Mark and Sandy loved to travel and enjoyed an annual month long Christmas vacation to their condo in Kona, Hawaii; they also enjoyed cruises to the Caribbean and the Mexican Riviera. After Sandy’s retirement, they spent the last six winters as snowbirds in Mesa, AZ. Mark enjoyed golfing, reading, Jack Daniel’s whiskey and red wine. He lived life to the fullest!

Mark is survived by his wife, Sandy, his mother, Virginia, his children, Amy Horyna (Matt) and Phil Nosack (Katie), four granddaughters (Addy, Hanna, Sadie, Isabelle) and siblings Mike Nosack (Cris), Sharon Rawlings (Richard), Bob Nosack (Pat), Dave Nosack (Jan), Claudia Rassier (Terry), Richard Nosack (Cathy), Jeff Nosack (Markie) and Kenny Nosack. He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph and infant twin brothers, Ronald and Thomas.

Sandy gives special thanks to Char, Brandon, Lisa and Jacob of Encompass Hospice, and family Nina, JT, Claudia, Rusty, Bob and Amy for their help and loving care provided to her and Mark during his final journey.

Mark will be cremated and a gathering to celebrate his life will be held this summer.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to a charity of your choice.

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Mike and Chris, I am very sorry to read about the passing of your brother. It's so hard losing someone in your family. I am Shirley Boldts (Chris aunt) daughter. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Love, Pat Winters

- Patricia winters
We are sorry that the time has come to set Mark free. He is no longer in pain and now has his memory back plus he is now golfing with some of the greats like Willie Park, , Payne Stewart, Willie Anderson, and Bo Wininger to name a few. They now have another player and the tee time is getting longer. Mark you show them how do get that hole in one! We met Mark and Sandy in Kona Hawaii about December 200, as we also have a place there as well. We shared many a potluck and owner meetings. Some mornings before or just after their early morning walk they would stop if our lanai was open and have a blood mary with Ralph and I. Mark also enjoyed my flavored Bailey's in a cup of coffee as an after dinner drink. Mark and Sandy where always there to help if you needed a ride to the beach, store or airport. I own and read the both books Mark wrote that were published. The second one my granddaughter read as well and did a picture book report which got her an "A". l hope Sandy can get his third one published in honor of Mark. It is going to be hard not seeing Mark with Sandy at Christmas time reading on their third floor lanai. But he will be there in sprit. Sandy, please know I am here if you ever need to talk.

- Shari and Ralph Stocki
I am pretty sure Mark was one of my English students at Jordan High. And I think we crossed paths a couple times since. I am impressed at how far he went in his education, and that he wrote two books after he retired (which means I didn't ruin his English abilities when he was my English student). Sorry he had to leave so soon, but as I read the obit, it is clear he had a good full life in many ways. I hope his love of his life, Sandy, is handling things okay.

- Fred Ash
I was a police officer for 35years with Sandy Police Dept. I worked with Mark at different times during my career. I found him to be a blast to be around. He wasn't shy about his opinions or about law enforcement or any other subject. He sure as hell wasn't a suck up. He was my Lt. for a time. I loved working with him. His infectious personality drew you into him. He was warm, caring and reasonable with both coworkers, and citizens. I love to laugh and so did he. I believe he got the most out of interviews with suspects, because he made each interaction with arrestees, special, and made them feel that he had their best interests at heart. There will be a huge hole that will be impossible to fill. Mark was bigger than life. He will be dearly missed. I love you brother. There is a special place in heaven for you. Alan Alexander.

- AlanAlexander
Mark was such a great person. Always so friendly and kind. We went to Jordan and whenever I saw him thru the years, he hadn't changed a bit. One if the good guys. So sorry for your loss. Linda Yengich May

- Linda May
Mark was always smiling. He had the backs of all his people at work. He still had the drive of a new officer even when he climbed the ranks. He never stopped caring. I’ve read his first book and have his second to read. Sandy, you and Mark were so blessed to have one another. I’m glad you were able to be there for him at the end. I see him, ‘moving fast, getting things done with that happy smile on his face. God bless you Sandy.

- Bl Smith
Sandy, I am grateful that I got a chance to know Mark when I came out for your parents’ anniversary in 2002. He was kind to me, driving me around, telling me stories of his detective work, and showing me the area while you were at work. I so enjoyed my time with you and Mark; you were both the perfect hosts! Sending hugs and prayers your way...Love you lots, Faye

- Faye Oney
Dear Sandy, Phil and Katie, Amy and Matt: We are so sorry for your loss, and send you our best wishes for comfort and solace. We are grateful to have known Mark, and hope you will have many happy memories. Best wishes, and our love, Richard and Eva Bay

- Richard Bay
Sandy, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are saddened by the news of Mark's passing. May God give you strength & peace in the days ahead. Sympathies to you & all of the family. Love Shelle & Rick (Schirack) Suarez Magnolia Ohio

- Shelle & Rick (Schirack) Suarez
Dear Sandy, So sorry to hear this news. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Take care

- Dave & Cherie Simpson
Sandy, We were so sorry to hear about Mark. I still remember that first meeting at our house when I was trying to line you up with someone else, but you two were drawn together like magnest, love at first site. God bless you and Mark's families. Our sympathies, Kim & Al

- Kim & Al Nortz
Dear Sandy and family, Our sincere sympathy in the loss of Mark. Alan and I always enjoyed our get togethers each time they were in Arizona. One of the last times we were together at the Spaghetti Company Mark was so full of information and held our attention. It was great to see that side of him. Mark will be missed. We are sending you our love and prayers. Love, Kelly and Alan

- Kelly and Alan Long
Oh Sandy, we had no idea you and Mark were going through this. We love you both and truly miss seeing your smiles. Mark will be miss. He had a heart of gold and we know how he loved his Sandy.

- Chris &Glenn Parsons
May you rest in peace. Sandy and family, thoughts and prayers to you at this difficult time. I will never forget the memories of the "good ol'days". Pool parties at my parents house, learning how to make many rum and cokes, and a plethora of god knows how many other drinks, and watching the old crowd dancing to music. These memories some of us will never forget. Mark, you always had an amazing tan and I was so jealous. Rest in peace. Much love and comfort to us all.

- Kim Sanchez (Pedersen)