Mark Jay Niewerth



Mark Jay Niewerth, age 62, passed away peacefully in his home on April 3, 2018 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was an inspiration to those who were fortunate enough to know him during this journey and his entire life.

He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Mary Jane, and his two beloved daughters, Paige Marie (29) and Morgan Leigh (26).

Born July 27, 1955 in Baltimore, MD, he was the son of the late Bill and Helene Niewerth. He attended Calvert Hall College High School and went on graduate from the University of Maryland, College Park with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He was a proud member and social chair of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity.

Mark retired from Weyerhaeuser after 30 years in the lumber industry. His career took him to several cities throughout the years, including Atlanta as a National Sales Manager, Baltimore as a Branch Manager, and Dallas as a General Manager. Following his retirement, he spent a few years as a sales leader at Cedar Creek in Dallas. His official retirement came this year after spending 6 years as a remote consultant for Kids Structure Houston.

Mark dedicated many hours to community service with the Lowcountry Foundation for Wounded Military Heroes in Bluffton and as a volunteer at the PGA Tour McGladrey tournament in Sea Island, GA and the U.S. Junior Amateur tournament at Colleton River in Bluffton. He was an assistant coach for Morgan’s youth soccer team, the Angels. Mark also prided himself on introducing the game of golf to his daughters and supported them in playing since their childhood.

As a member of Prestonwood Country Club in Dallas, he enjoyed 27 years of golf, friendships and celebrating holidays. When Mark and Mary Jane retired to Bluffton in 2012, they became members of Hampton Hall Club where they immediately found a loving and wonderful community of neighbors and friends.

Though Mark was a terrapin at heart, he became an avid Alabama Crimson Tide football fan when his daughters chose to attend the University of Alabama. Mark had a passion for landscaping, taking care of the family vehicles, and ensuring that the home was clean and organized. Mark was devoted to his family and will be greatly missed. He was kind, had a genuine heart, and his spirit and humor will always be remembered.

Family and friends will gather to celebrate Mark’s life on Saturday, April 14 at 11:00 a.m. at LowCountry Community Church.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Mark can be sent to: Mayo Clinic Florida (4500 San Pablo Rd S, Jacksonville, FL 32224), LowCountry Community Church (801 Buckwalter Pkwy, Bluffton, SC 29910), and the American Cancer Society (American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123).