Mark W. Alexander, 65, of Salisbury, N.C., passed away unexpectedly in his home over the weekend.

A Pennsylvania native, Mark was born November, 22, 1952 to Jack and Charmaine Alexander. He was a graduate of James Buchanan High School and moved to Salisbury to attend Catawba College in 1970 where he met his wife, Linda (Weaver) Alexander. The two married in 1976 and later had two children, Michael (34) and Madalyn (29), and were pleasantly surprised by a third, Lauren (27), a couple of years later.

Mark was an avid reader and historical enthusiast who loved discussing history with everyone. He was a member of the Andrew Jackson Masonic Lodge and an active volunteer with the Historic Salisbury Foundation. His other passions included spending time with his kids, music, hiking, and cleaning. He was overjoyed by the arrival of his first grandson, Avett, who was born this past August. He loved holding him, taking him on walks, and experiencing the wonder of a new life. He was particularly skilled at creating funny captions for photos of his grandson.

Mark was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife; three children; son-in-law, Kris Dales; grandson; brother, Gary Alexander (Craig Sencindiver); sister, Kim Dixon (Allen Dixon); nephew, Sean Bolick and nieces, Anna Gatewood and Julie Odom-Dixon.

In memory of his life, Mark would like you to drink a gin and tonic, go on a hike, and vacuum the carpet.

If you feel so inclined, in lieu of flowers, you can make a donation to the Conservation Trust for North Carolina 1028 Washington Street Raleigh, NC 27605.

A Celebration of Mark's life will be held at a later date.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Summersett Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Alexander family.

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