Mark “Pap” Thomas Bingham passed away at home on June 4th 2018 in the loving arms of his dear wife, Denise. He was 61.
Mark was born in Sacramento, California on February 23, 1957, to his parents, Earl and Rose Bingham, and his older brother, Ken. He spent his infancy, childhood, and teenage years in a neighborhood known as the Garden of the Gods, where Mark attended Billy Mitchell Elementary School, and ultimately graduated from El Camino High School in 1975.
An avid fan and talented player of baseball, Mark lettered on his high school’s varsity squad. Mark developed his passion for baseball from an early age with his dad as his Little League coach, and yearly trips to Candle Stick Park to watch the San Francisco Giants. He was also a virtuoso on the saxophone, winning the best soloist award at multiple jazz competitions. Mark played in many bands with lifelong friend, Jeff Medlicott. Mark never lost his love for the outdoors, enjoying many backpacking trips with his brother Ken, and his lifelong friend, Jeff Lynch. There were countless times when Mark’s itch to explore would send him on a spontaneous drive over the rarely traveled back roads of the mountains and valleys of California. It was this deep appreciation for the beauty of nature that played a central role in his move to Idaho, and in the joy he often experienced while exploring the mountains of his adopted state. Mark developed a passion for scenic photography, winning awards at local fairs and had his photography displayed at the CSI Student Health building for many years.
While in California Mark worked for over 23 years for both Hostess and Rainbow Bakery & Bread, and was a proud member of BCTGM, the Bakery Confectionary Tobacco Workers & Grain Millers union. He married his first wife, Sue Voss, in 1977 and three years later out of this union came Mark’s beautiful daughter, Heather, whose humor and spirit are identical to his. Mark adored Heather and was so proud of all of her accomplishments.
Upon moving to Idaho, Mark worked for the College of Southern Idaho for many years. On February 2nd, 2007 Mark met the love of his life, Denise, at Norm’s cafe. They were married March 21st, 2008 in Las Vegas, NV, in a small chapel surrounded by loved ones. Mark adored Denise, and they had a beautiful marriage that ended on earth, but will continue into eternity. With this marriage Denise’s three children entered Mark’s life: Blake, Chase, and Olivia. He never thought of them as step children, but loved them as his own. However it was on February 16th, 2013 that Mark found his true calling with the birth of his first granddaughter, Zoey, who became the center of his life as he moved into retirement, and changed his name to “Pap.” He was blessed again on Sept 14th, 2017 as his second granddaughter, Evelyn Grace, was born.
Mark is survived by his wife, Denise; his children, Heather (Matt), Blake (Kate), Chase (Melissa), and Olivia; his granddaughters, Zoey and Evelyn; his mother, Rose; his brother, Ken; his lifelong friends, Jeff Lynch and Jeff Medlicott; his three dogs, Mia, Daphne, and Frankie; and his cat, Mathilda.
Mark was preceded in death by his dad, Earl Bingham, and his best friend and cousin, Troy Gudgell.
Denise would like to send a special thank you to Jeff Lynch, and Jeff and Rhonda Medlicott for dropping everything and coming to be with Mark in his final days. Denise would also like to thank her children for the constant support and love they have shown Mark over the last 11 years. Thank you to Auburn Crest Hospice, specifically Shannon and Reggie.
Mark requested a celebration of his life. It is only fitting to hold this at Norm’s Catering Room for his and Denise’s last date. Please come and celebrate with his family and friends at 827 Main Street, Twin Falls, Idaho, Sunday, June 10th at 1:00PM. Lunch will be provided. Denise would love for you to come and share stories.
Cremation is under the direction of Serenity Funeral Chapel Life Celebration Center and Cremation Services of Idaho, Twin Falls. Condolences may be shared at www.serenityfuneralchapel.com.