Mark Philip Gustafson, son, brother, uncle, entrepreneur, and instructor of dance, passed away Aug. 28, surrounded by love.
Mr. Gustafson was a connoisseur of fine arts and culture; a gregarious spirit who prepared culinary feasts; entertained with quick wit and good cheer. His laughter was infectious and his loyalty unwavering. In the same way that he turned ordinary finds into newfound treasure, he restored the luster of life to those he befriended. He was instrumental in shaping the lives of his three younger sisters; filling them with color and delighting in the formation of families of their own. He was a conscientious man who aided those in need, and fought for what he believed was just.
In his youth, he was awarded the distinguished Eagle Scouts medal and was a National Merit Scholar, and began his entrepreneurship through Junior Achievement. He graduated from UNC-CH, where he was active in Young Democrats and the Wesleyan Foundation. He later found his rhythm as a ballroom dance instructor in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
Mr. Gustafson is survived by his parents, Walter and Meredith Gustafson; sisters, Sharon (Steve) Blackburn; Pam (Eric) Lusk; Rhonda (Chad) Roberts; nieces Heather McNally, Danielle and Robynn Watson, Samantha and Alison Lusk; and great-nephew, Gabriel McNally.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Sept. 16, on the rooftop terrace of JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh. A gathering of friends and family will begin at 5 p.m. with the service to follow at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Transitions LifeCare at 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607