Bill Mark, Euphonium
William “Bill” Mark, age 76, of McKinney, Texas passed away January 20, 2012 in McKinney, Texas. Bill was born in South Bend, Indiana, to Sen and Vonnie Mark (both deceased), and spent most of his childhood in Michigan and Indiana. In 1975, while on active duty in the United States Navy, Bill met Della Ann Morgan at Our Lady of Holy Cross College. They were married in 1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana, and after another tour of duty in Virginia, Bill was assigned Assistant Director Navy Band New Orleans. Bill proudly served his country in the United States Navy and retired as a Senior Chief Petty Officer in 1986 in Louisiana, after 30 years of service. He then went to work for the Jefferson Parish Library System, and retired from that job in 2006. Bill was a member of American Legion Post 64 in Gretna, Louisiana. During his many years with the Legion, he served as the Command Chaplain and the Post 64 Band conductor. Bill was a member of The Navy Musicians Association, The National Association of Uniformed Services, The National Republican Party, and The National Rifle Association. Bill was a member of the First Baptist Church of McKinney, the McKinney Community Band, and American Legion Post 64 in Gretna, Louisiana. Bill graduated from the University of the State of New York with a Bachelors of Science in 1986. He later obtained his Masters Degree of Music on December 17, 1988. Bill’s sense of humor was legendary. His sense of comedic timing and knowledge of life could be applied in any situation. He brought joy to everyone he touched. He was gentle, wise, and funny. Bill started his musicianship in middle school, and his music career spanned 64 straight years. He was an expert euphonium player and conductor, and he also sang and played trombone. He spent four years teaching conducting at the Armed Forces School of Music.
Burt Moses, Trumpet
Burt Moses was born September 12, 1956 in West Monroe Louisiana to parents J. D. and Gerri Moses and this is where he spent his youth. Burt graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in Economics. He began his career at Commercial Union Insurance where he earned his CPCU certification. While at Commercial Union he met his wife Lynne Johnston Moses. They were blessed with 32 years of marriage. He continued his career at Fidelity & Deposit and Kemper Insurance where he reached the position of Executive Vice President before starting his own business, Burt Moses Associates. Burt‘s first priority was his relationship with the Lord and then his family. He was a dedicated husband and father. Burt cherished the time he spent with his son Daniel and was a treasured friend to many. He was a gifted soloist and trumpet player. Burt loved his church, Hunters Glen Baptist in Plano, Texas where he was member of the orchestra. Burt was also an avid member of The McKinney Community Band, McKinney Dance Band and the Lover’s Lane Jazz Band. Though he will be missed by many, we are comforted knowing that he is spending eternity with the Lord, his Savior, in heaven. Burt is survived by his loving wife Lynne, son Daniel and his friend Tasha Graham, mother Gerri Allmendinger and her husband Milton, brother David Moses and his wife Karen, brother Jack Royce Moses, aunt and uncle Melba and Carlos Ladd, nieces and nephews Vanessa and Brett Nolan, Justin Moses and Lauren Moses, great nieces Hannah and Haley Nolan. Burt is preceded in death by his father J.D. Moses and sister Carol Jean Gulledge.