In Memory of Mark Wearsch
I met my friend Mark Wearsch after a show in Las Vegas. I was working for Lorrie Morgan and he and his wife Diane were vacationing from Ohio and in town for the show. Mark introduced himself and said that he was a web designer and would love to do a website for me. This was in the late 90’s and it seemed like a good idea. He said that I would need to send him pictures and he would get something started for me to look at. I explained how I really didn’t like taking promo pictures. Coincidentally, Mark was dabbling in photography and as it turned out, had a great eye for it. This was the beginning of a friendship that has been such a blessing in so many ways.
Some of you know Mark, and more of you know his work. He became the only photographer I would use for over 20 years. All my profile pictures on Facebook, as well as the photos for my CD artwork, are pictures that Mark took. He also created many versions of my website over the years and he always worked tirelessly to put me in the best possible light.
Through the course of countless photo-shoots, we got to know each other very well and with our spouses, shared many vacations and visits to each other’s homes. Mark made taking promo pictures fun – because we were friends. We took pictures in the snow in Ohio, on the beach in South Carolina, on a cliff in Red Rock Canyon (this picture was taken after that shoot) and countless other locations.
Mark's courageous battle with cancer and an immune disorder ended this past Sunday when Heaven called him home. I will miss his wonderful sarcastic sense of humor, his beautiful generous heart and his incredible gift. Rest in peace my dear friend.