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MARK WRAY "TOAD" GOOD

March 14, 1960 ~ December 13, 2021 (age 61)

Obituary

Mark Wray Good, fondly called “Toad” by his family and friends, was an avid outdoorsman, caring friend, and loving husband, stepdad, grandfather, brother, and uncle. He passed away on Monday, December 13, 2021, age 61, due to complications from COVID-19.

 

Mark was born Monday, March 14, 1960, to George H. and Phyllis L. Good.  He was the youngest of three children with an older sister, Connie, and brother J.R.  He spent most of his life in Wheatland, graduating from high school in 1978. From a young age he loved all outdoor sports including, hunting, fishing, and golfing; and was an avid water skier and softball player.

 

After graduating from high school, Mark attended Eastern Wyoming Community College and received a Certification in HVAC (Heating, Venting, and Air Conditioning). This preparation was a perfect foundation for the job he began in 1979 with the Missouri Basin Power Project. Mark began his career in the main plant and transitioned to the Water Treatment department.  He spent his entire career at the Power Plant, alongside many of his best friends. He was considered the “go to” guy in the water treatment area, due to his knowledge and expertise. People often contacted him for advice or recommendations even after he retired!

 

In 2014, after 35 years of hard work, long hours, and many memories, he retired so he could focus on the things he loved most, his family, the cabin, hunting, and spending time with friends.

 

Anyone who knew Toad always used the same words to describe him, kind, caring, compassionate, and someone who would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it…regardless of whether you were a friend or a stranger.  His warm and friendly smile was endearing to all and sometimes when he was ornery, it was quickly overlooked because everyone knew that behind his antics was a heart of gold.

 

This generosity and helping spirit were the things that drew Maryse Smet to Toad, all the way from Belgium! Maryse and Toad were married in 2008 and were inseparable thereafter. They were best friends and companions who continuously supported one another during the joys and trials that life has to offer.

 

Their favorite place to spend time was at the family cabin where he and Maryse would often be found from the beginning of June until the snow hit in the fall!  This was their sanctuary and they both shared many memories of the time they spent there. Toad and Maryse hosted friends and family members for relaxation and rejuvenation from all across the United States and other countries! The cabin guest book has many memories from all these visits, but no matter where the guests came from, they always felt secure that Toad was in charge. (Mostly comforted he was behind the wheel on the treacherous cabin road!)

 

Mark is preceded in death by his parents, George H. Good; his mother, Phyllis L. Good; and his grandparents.

 

Toad is survived by his wife, Maryse; her daughter, Kim Kirpenstein (Dutchie); granddaughter, Indie Willems; and their two beloved dogs, Boo and Chaka.  He is also survived by his brother, J.R. Good (Lael); sister, Connie Lewis (Jon); nieces, Kelsey Good and Trista Teten (Kevin); and great niece and nephew, Peyton and Ryder Teten.

 

A Memorial for Toad is set up with the Sybille Canyon Fire Zone as Toad was so appreciative of this unit’s help and assistance anytime there was a wildfire near the cabin property. Please contact Gorman Funeral home for further information. 

 

The apple didn’t fall far from the tree, like his father George, Toad requested a family gathering and for people to honor him in their own way. He loved the cabin more than any place on earth, his final resting place will be at the cabin, with his ashes being spread with his father and mother so they can enjoy the scenery and beauty together.

 

The family would like to thank everyone for their support and kindness during this difficult time. Each message, card, bouquet, and condolences have been greatly appreciated. We all feel truly lucky to be a part of this community.

 

The Gorman Funeral Homes – Platte Chapel of Wheatland are in charge of the arrangements.

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