Mark I. Field

Mark Field

Obituary for Mark Ivan Field


Mark Ivan Field, of Surprise, Arizona, died suddenly of a heart attack on September 22, 2021. He was 57 years old.

Mark was a graduate of University of Arizona with a B.S. in Economics, and held a certificate of advanced studies in economics, finance, and marketing from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. In his late teens to mid 20s, he served on submarines in the United States Navy for eight years, in logistics and procurement. He was particularly proud to have served on Submarine NR-1 and was part of the crew that recovered the Space Shuttle Challenger for NASA.

A 23-year mortgage professional with a focus on helping veterans achieve their home ownership goals, Mark was, at the time of his passing, a Mortgage Loan Originator at Barrett Financial Group, LLC. Throughout his career, he was recognized with many industry awards, most recently as the winner of the Journal Industry Award Mortgage Loan Originator of the Year by The Arizona School of Real Estate & Business.

Mark was an only child, but many of his friends describe him as “his brother’s keeper,” someone who was caring, generous, and always ready to lend a hand to lift up people in need. In 2012, Mark became the publisher and editor of National Veterans Magazine, a publication for veterans, military, police officers, and firefighters. He was always on the go, crisscrossing the country in his free time to distribute his magazine. He was especially respected in Arizona for his work with veterans in rural areas and Native American reservations, particularly on issues of affordable housing and jobs for homeless veterans and disabled veterans.

Mark was instrumental in creating several veteran hiring programs in the Phoenix area. He also arranged for volunteer building renovations to be done for MANA House, a transitional living facility for homeless veterans, and taught free workshops for veterans on the dangers of predatory lending. In 2015, Mark was recognized by the President of the Arizona Senate for personally refurbishing 65 memorial plaques honoring fallen Arizona servicemembers at the State Capitol Wesley Bolin Plaza. He cleaned and restored such plaques across the country, often alone.

Born in January of 1964 in New York City, Mark was the son of Betty Lou (Bunim) Field, who survives him. Raised by his single hard-working mother, Mark was the first grandchild in the family and was much loved by all of his relatives, sharing a particularly close bond with his maternal grandmother, the late Jean Bunim. Mark’s entrepreneurial spirit emerged in his teens when he got an ice cream vending pushcart and had his first business success selling “Chipwich” ice cream sandwiches in New York City. His first foray into publishing came in the 1990s when he self-published a book titled The Courier Air Travel Handbook: Learn How to Travel Worldwide for Next to Nothing, which sold 200,000 copies worldwide. Also in the 90s, he published two Arizona sports magazines, Sun Tennis and Sun Golf.

Mark overcame many challenges in life, including a quadruple bypass in 2008 and another health crisis in 2013. Throughout it all, he remained determined to live each day to the fullest, and to make a difference. He was a devoted son to his mother, and they shared a home together, along with their dog Izzy. He had a wide smile, laughed easily, and remained forward-looking and optimistic about life. Passionate about boating, one of Mark’s greatest joys was taking friends out on Lake Bartlett on his small speed boat.

Predeceased by his grandmother Jean Oschrin Bunim, Mark will be forever missed by his surviving family: his mother Betty Lou Field, his aunts and uncles Martha and Ralph Moss, Sue and George McAnanama, and Robin and Mike Kavanagh; his cousins Melissa, Benjamin, Eileen, Glenn, Maureen, Jill, and Jacqueline, along with their partners and children; and a large network of good friends and colleagues who were so important to him.

There will be a private interment at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery, under the care of Surprise Funeral Home. A virtual Celebration of Life will be announced in the coming months. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mark’s memory can be made to the charity of your choice.

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