Mark Mansell Obituary, Death Cause – On April 4, 2023, our dear friend and fellow worker, Mark Mansell, who had been with the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources for a significant amount of time, passed away. He was 61. Mark began working for our company on a full-time basis in 1996. His primary responsibilities at the Bureau were the development of maps and the examination of spatial data.
In the past, he had worked for the Bureau in the capacity of a student while he was seeking his Bachelor of General Studies degree, which he eventually earned in 1995. His dedication to learning led to the completion of a Bachelor of Basic Sciences degree in the year 2001. Mark’s exterior may give off the impression that he is brusque or even a grouch at times.
But those of us who were fortunate enough to know him can witness to his innate generosity and the “get it done” mentality he brought to work tasks. In the words of Peter Scholle, the previous director of the Bureau, “I can’t count the number of times he dropped everything he was doing to help me with a project, even long after I retired.” The following comment from Thomas Edison, which was included in his email signature, is a good summary of his persistent resolve to get things done the proper way:
“I have not failed. I’ve just discovered 10,000 different ways in which it won’t function. Despite the fact that much of Mark’s work took place in an office, the outdoors was one of his favorite places to be. He was always happy to lend a hand to coworkers working on projects in the field and frequently participated in New Mexico Geological Society field conferences. We are going to miss Mark tremendously on these field trips, as well as in a variety of other ways.
On Saturday, April 15th, there will be a gathering to celebrate the life of Mark at the Magdalena Charles Ilfield Co. Warehouse, which is located on Main Street in Magdalena, New Mexico.