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Mark R. Mantyh

August 12, 2021


On August 12th our beloved brother Mark Mantyh (73) passed away peacefully in the company of his son Jesse, daughter-in-law Beth and partner Kathy Ann, following a stroke.

Mark was a kind, generous, engaging and compassionate brother, father, partner, friend. Proceeded in death by his parents Shirley and Robert Mantyh, Mark was the oldest of eight children. Following the values they taught us, Mark was one of the first Wisconsin conscientious objector’s of the Vietnam War. Therefore, he later served his 2 year alternative service.

Mark was a hard worker all his life. He started off with a paper route and was never without a job until he retired. Mark remodeled or improved every place he lived as well as co-built 4 new homes with his brother Paul. He was at heart a carpenter.

Mark worked his way through school, culminating with a PhD in sociology. He taught sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for 30 years retiring in 2015. One of the projects closest to his heart was the Sociology Internship Project that introduced students to community organizations and  community organizing.

Mark loved music and was very active in the Milwaukee jazz scene. He was at the “Jazz Estate” several times a week prior to Covid. He was excited by old and new artists and developed several friendships along the way.

Mark enjoyed travel; spending time in Jamaica, Belize, Europe and all around the US. He was especially enthusiastic about recent trips to Alaska with Kathy Ann.

Mark is survived by his son Jesse (Beth), siblings Shawne (Joel) Smith, Robin Elizabeth, Paul (the late Joyce) Mantyh, Kristin (Curtis) Crain, David Mantyh, Peter Mantyh, Joseph (Nancy) Mantyh; his partner Kathy Ann Eggers and a multitude of family and friends. He will be missed by all who knew him.

A private memorial service has been held for family members.  An outdoor event to celebrate Mark’s life, for friends and colleagues, will be announced.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the non-profit organization 'Running Rebels' would be appreciated.






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