Mark Bottema

Mark Bottema

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On Tuesday, November 3, 2020, Mark Howard Bottema left this mortal life, peacefully at the age of 59, surrounded by his loving family.

Mark was born on April 5, 1961 in San Gabriel, California to Albert and Helen (Schmuhl) Bottema. He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who loved the gospel and served in the church his entire life. At the age of 19, Mark served a proselyting mission in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He also served in countless other callings. His favorite callings included that of bishop and any role that allowed him to work with the youth. His testimony of the gospel and his faith in Christ were evident in the way he lived his life and the way he treated everyone.

On December 18, 1982 Mark married Lynda Diane Barbee for time and all eternity in the St. George Utah Temple. Their greatest joy in life were their children and grandchildren. Mark was always their biggest cheerleader, and a beacon of example and support to his family. He loved his siblings and admired each of them. He opened his heart and his home to both his father-in-law and mother-in-law for years when they needed support and healthcare assistance. Family meant the world to Mark. He felt immense love and gratitude for the selfless, loving women who placed their children for adoption so that he and Lynda’s eternal family could be complete.

Mark also treasured the relationships he had with so many friends, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Anyone that really knew Mark, knew him as a fun-loving, teasing life-of-the-party. Mark was most well-known for his hearty, contagious, loud laughter. He was an example of service, kindness, and love to so many people. Mark was the father of four children, but he was a father figure to countless others, including neighbors, friends, and foster children.

Mark was an Eagle Scout and proudly continued his commitment to Scouting in the Wood Badge leadership program. He was passionate about Dutch-oven cooking an even competed in many cooking competitions. Mark worked in real estate for many years, as well as the family business by setting and selling tile throughout his life. He was a perfectionist when it came to tile and his commitment to excellence is displayed now throughout many Utah homes, and LDS temples all over the world.

Mark was an avid collector of coins and huge fan of all Apple products. He loved movies, music, people watching, and travelling. His love for his family was never more apparent then when he would strike up conversations with anyone just for the opportunity to brag about them.

Mark was preceded in death by his father Al, and his mother Helen. He is survived by his wife Lynda, his four children, KimberLee (T.J.) Adams, Tyler (Austin) Bottema, Jaren Bottema, RachelAnne Bottema, and three grandchildren: Jackson, Emma, and Lucy. He is also survived by his siblings, Al (Dorothy) Bottema, Barbara (Paul) Yardley, Paul (Polly) Bottema, Wendy (Mark) Foree, Sherri Millecam, and Matthew (Andrea) Bottema.

Mark’s family would like to thank the numerous health care professionals that compassionately cared for Mark during his 19 days in the ICU at Davis Hospital and Medical Center in Layton, Utah.

A viewing will be held for the public from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Friday, November 6th at the Walker Sanderson Funeral Home located at 646 East 800 North, in Orem, Utah. A funeral will be held the following day at 11:00 AM. Those not personally invited to attend may join a live webcast of the services by clicking on the “Live Webcast” link at the top of the Walker Sanderson webpage located at

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    Friday, November 6th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday, November 6th, 2020 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Walker Sanderson Funeral Home
    646 East 800 North
    Orem, UT 84097
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LaRue Hawthorn

Posted at 06:57pm
What a beautiful service! Mark would have been pleased. I know the love he had for his family and people, in general. He was one of a kind as they don't come much better. Heaven has the best! Peace be with you as you remember and treasure the times you had together. Aren't we thankful that families are forever!! Sincerely, LaRue and Bob Hawthorn

Paul Yardley

Posted at 02:20pm
Lynda, Family and Extended Family,
What bueatiful service. I am grateful to have been a part of Mark and your family, though time and distance has separated us for some time. We have enjoyed the letters and Chrismtas Cards and hearing of family happenings. As Albert was sharing his thoughts of Mark, I was hoping the he would share the dear hunting stories as I was there for several of them. While Mark did not get a deer that year it was my turn that year and it turned out that yes we had hike way up the mountain and therefore it was a long, long way to carry it out as there was no road access to were the deer was shot. I was glad that Mark was along that day as he took turns carrying/draging that deer off the mountain.
I remember mixing and carrying a lot of mud with Mark on jobs in the Cedar City area and up at BrianHead (most of them in the middle of the winter) while working for his dad at the time.
I pray that the Lord will watch over and bless you with the comfort and peace that you so deserve at this time. My life has been blessed because Mark and his influence on me. God bless you keep you till you meet once again.

Love and Condolences,
Paul Yardley and Family

Betty Carrigan

Posted at 10:28pm
My deepest condolences. Mark was such a special man. Most remembered for me in the tile industry. He always had a smile for everyone and his laugh was contagious. The most special memory of Mark was the opportunity I had to be there when you and he received your little bundle of joy, Jaren. Memories like this are never forgotten. You and your family will remain in my thought and prayers.
Betty Carrigan

Cindy Downing

Posted at 06:28am
Mark Baptized me while on his mission in the Philadelphia Mission. He was serving in the mantua ward at the time.
I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is Christ’s true and living church restored, that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, that Joseph Smith is a prophet. Russell M Nelson is the Lords prophet on the earth today, and that Jesus is the Christ . I am sure Mark is now in his living arms.
My condolences to the family and others who also feel sadness at his his loss.

Sharon Sorensen

Posted at 11:09pm
We are so very saddened to hear of Mark's passing. We had a very special and meaningful relationship with Mark and his whole family. Mark was such a selfless, loving, and giving person. I remember the first time we met him how those qualities came across. We knew immediately he was someone we could trust. The world will miss his kind spirit! Our prayers go out to his family, and all those who loved him. God bless you and comfort you during this time. Love, The Barry Sorensen Family

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