Obituary: Mark Lee Futch

September 18, 2018
By Marcy Shortuse

Mark Lee Futch, 63, passed away Tuesday, September 18, 2018 in his home in Punta Gorda of a cardiac arrest.
He was born in Winter Haven, FL Sept. 26, 1954 and was a graduate of Clearwater High School, class of 1972. He was a fourth generation Boca Grande tarpon guide where his great-grandfather settled from Key West in 1876. He was the owner of Boca Grande Seaplane Air Taxi for 30 years, and raised two children before moving to Punta Gorda where his mother’s grandparents (Burnham) traveled to from Jennings, Florida in 1890.
His father was Karl “Muddy” Futch and mother Shirley Cassady Futch, Miss Punta Gorda 1945. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Yaquinto Futch; son, Matthew of Orlando; daughter, Rey Futch-Urbat, (Christian) of Tampa; grandchildren, Francis Futch, Olivia and Pierce Urbat; brothers, Danny of Mississippi, David of California; cousins, Bill “Dumplin” Wheeler III, like a brother to him, Jackie (Silcox) Fogarty, Becky (Silcox) Marten, Steve, Mark W., John, Jason, Marvine, Joni Ann, Marie Elaina, Robin, Nat II Futch.
He was preceded in death by parents; grandparents, Dan and Nellie (Roberts) Futch; cousins, Freddy, Hugh, Duane; uncles, Rayford “Sug,” John, Albert, Charles, Robert “R.B.,” Lonnie, and Nat Futch.
A Salute to his Life will be Saturday, October 13, with the scattering of his ashes in The Pass at the South End of the Island, and afterward a sharing of memories at the Boca Bay Power House across from the South Beach Restaurant. Casual dress.