Great memories of Mark Deal, creator of

Posted By Bob Manley
on 1/9/2002 at 8:52 PM

This afternoon the world lost a great surveyor, and I lost a friend. Mark Deal passed from this world this afternoon after having lost his year-long battle with cancer. His impact on so many lives will be felt for years to come...He leaves behind 3-year-old twin daughters and his loving wife...and countless friends. Here’s to you Mark...Thank you, and...May you dwell in the house of the Lord.

Posted By Alan B. Chace, NY LS
on 1/9/2002 at 9:50 PM

RIP Mark. Hopefully there’s a message board on the other side, with participants like Mason, Everest, Washington, and Deal.

Posted By Stacy Carroll
on 1/9/2002 at 10:09 PM

I remember stumbling into the RPLS board about 4 or 5 years ago. Have been hooked ever since. I remember Mark encouraging me when I struck out on my own. I’ll never forget his words of advice and encouragement. The surveying world has just suffered a great loss.

Posted By Len Kerrod
on 1/10/2002 at 1:25 AM

I first became acquainted with Mark Deal’s in 1997 when my company went online. This guy was a trail blazer in this brave new world and hopefully will be memorialized as such. I surmise from his survey related posts in the “old days” that he was an excellent surveyor as well as businessman. A year or so before the board was sold to POB, someone posted a message saying Mark should be nominated as surveyor of the year with ACSM or some such organization. Nothing further was posted, so this must not have happened. Too bad. He deserved it. Our profession has lost a great man. There is no joy in survey-ville.

Posted By Duane Brunner
on 1/10/2002 at 6:23 AM

Fellow surveyors, we lost one of a kind. Knowing Mark for many years I know he would want you to continue making postings and comments on this website. From an old Oklahoma surveyor

Posted By Dan Rittel
on 1/10/2002 at 10:21 AM

Like many others, I have never met Mark. I found this site just before it was transferred to POB and it has become like the evening news—I check it almost every day to see what’s going on. I have had many questions answered here, even some that I did not ask. I am very grateful to Mark for his vision and this board.

Posted By Paul Sevik
on 1/10/2002 at 12:05 PM

Without his insight of the RPLS message board, I would not have this opportunity to say “THANK YOU” for all you have and continue to provide us here. You will not be forgotten.

Posted By Jerry McGray
on 1/10/2002 at 12:23 PM

We all got to know Mark over the past year or two, and we all came to admire his wisdom, his droll wit, and his unbounded enthusiasm. We will miss him terribly. And one more time... thank you, Mark, for our board. Long may it wave; your name will always be remembered when we think of I can think of no monument more fitting to your memory.

Posted By Michael Binge
on 1/10/2002 at 12:59 AM

As far as a monument, I think he has one. It’s called Whatever we decide to do I’m sure it will pale in the shadow of what he has left for us. In a way, part of him lives on through our participation. Let us all respect that.

Posted By Salvador Vigil
on 1/10/2002 at 2:31 PM

Thank you Mr. Deal, for the wealth of information. When my dad passed on, he too a great and good surveyor, I had no one to turn to for information other than the message board provided by Mr. Deal.

Posted By JDW JR
on 1/11/2002 at 6:51 AM

Mark created a wonderful thing with this board and has brought many people together in the past years who would otherwise never have even known each other. No matter the topics or how heated the conversation it has created a brotherhood that is like no other. I would be happy if I could do something in life as good. c

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