Life Story / Obituary
Mark Edward Copier passed away due to complications with diabetes at the age of 70 in his home on the South side of Holland Michigan on August 4th 2023. Born March 8th, 1953 in Holland Michigan to his parents Edward Guy and Wilma Julia (Van Dyke) Copier. He cultivated an immense talent for photography during his formative years and spent some time at Muskegon Community College. Mark had the good fortune to marry his loving wife, Julie Ann (Plasman) Copier on October 7th, 1978.
Mark led a full, bright, and joyful life. He was a devoted father to his two children and a fun Papa to his recently born grandchildren. He was very thankful to witness their early years, bringing him some of the biggest smiles. He found great joy in the outdoors through hunting, fishing, hiking, biking, and canoeing. His love for the outdoors gave him many beautiful moments whether it was dawn in the swamp waiting for the first ducks to come in, or hiking through Yellowstone National Park in his younger years. Mark was one of the most gregarious people in his community. His mantra of "stay on the sunny side" was infectious, he brought joy and laughter to anyone he encountered. Mark or "Big Daddy'' was always looking for the next way to enrich his family's life. From playing catch with his son Eliott in the neighborhood park at dusk, to supporting his daughter Caroline's blossoming interest in photography, to making delicious grilled dinners with his wife Julie, Mark was always making life around him better. Mark was light hearted, he called his little girl Caroline “Bug” from her first years to today. You were sure to giggle no matter the context when hanging out with Mark.
Mark Copier was truly talented in the craft of photography. His father, Ed, nurtured the interest early with an at-home darkroom. Mark continued to capture many beautiful shots as he progressed and improved his skill throughout his formative years. He ultimately went on to be a prolific photojournalist at both the Holland Sentinel and Grand Rapids Press. Mark was well known by many in the community as he could be found at accidents, sporting events, fires, courtrooms, and the many local festivals. The moniker "Mark Copier" can be found at the bottom left of countless photos over the years in the newspaper. His work was even featured in major publications such as Time magazine.
In addition to his wife of 45 years, Julie, he is survived by his children, son Eliott (Ashley) Copier, daughter Caroline (Sam) Mao, father Edward Guy Copier, brother Robert (Susie) Copier, sister Mari Jo Belt and grandchildren Luka, Guy, and August.
Mark was preceded in death by his mother Wilma (Arthur) Worthy, mother-in-law Faye Anderson, and brother-in-law Bob Belt.
Mark had a strong affinity for bluegrass and folk music, John Prine in particular. He even took up the banjo during his life. A line from the song "Souvenirs" was one of his favorites: "Memories they can't be boughten / They can't be won at carnivals for free / Well, it took me years / To get those souvenirs / And I don't know how they slipped away from me." Mark left all of us with so many precious souvenirs and memories. Always willing to lend a helping hand or take on your troubles. In that way, he truly embodied what it meant to live as a follower of Jesus. Mark spread love wherever he went and to whomever he encountered. His family rejoices that he is surely embodying those values in paradise with his Lord.
A private celebration of life will be held in the coming weeks with his closest family. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to Save the Children.
Arrangements are by the Dykstra Funeral Home-Mulder Chapel.