Mark Kevin Dopson, 60, passed away on May 21, 2020 in Austin, Texas following a hard fought battle with cancer. He was born August 29, 1959 in Dumas, Texas to L.T. and Carla (Bullock) Dopson. He was intelligent, well read, and accepting of individual differences. Mark was a 1977 graduate of Dumas High School and continued his education at Cisco Jr. College. He married the love of his life, Gloria J. Treat, in 1983 in Eastland, Texas. She preceded him in death in 1995.
Mark’s gregarious personality lent itself well to his early profession as a barber in Cisco, Texas and Marshall, Arkansas. While in Marshall, he enjoyed participating in civic events including the local community theatre. He was selected to take part in Leadership Arkansas, Searcy County in 1992, and was honored to be invited to an inaugural ball celebrating the newly elected U.S. President Bill Clinton.
In 2000, Mark moved to Austin, Texas. His love of horses led to employment as a carriage driver. For several years he conducted tours around the capitol building and beyond, recounting the history of the area to his guests. He worked as a carpenter and, prior to his illness, was employed with Goodwill Industries where he prepared for and conducted online auctions. A fan of many genres of music, he loved the vibrant Austin music scene, attending events and shows whenever he could.
Mark was preceded in death by his wife, father, and nephew Timothy Gaines. He is survived by his mother Carla Dopson Bullington of Brenham, Texas, daughter Sierra Dopson of North Carolina, sisters and brothers-in-law Constance and David Gaines of Austin and Cheryl and Neil Kulhanek of Brenham, nieces Allison Gaines of Austin and Whittney Gaines Bednarz and husband Michael along with their sons Landon and Seth of Magnolia, Texas and nephew Brent Russell of Austin. He is also survived by special friends Allen and Katie Graham and his adopted dog Duncan.
Mark requested that no formal memorial service be held.
Mark’s family wishes to acknowledge and thank the friends and supporters at Bluebonnet Studios who lifted his spirits and took care of Duncan during the past year. Special appreciation is extended to the doctors, nurses, caregivers and caseworkers at Dell Seton Medical Center and Hospice Austin for their dedication to his care and comfort.
Memorials can be made in his name to any community mental health support association or “no-kill” animal shelter. The family will be at 3900 FM 3456 in Brenham.