Mark Vincent Pence
April 29, 1959 - July 15, 2017
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Mark Vincent Pence, 58, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of New London, died Saturday, July 15, 2017 at his home in Cedar Rapids. Born April 29, 1959 in Burlington, he was the son of Orville Byers and Shirley Maxine Pollock Pence.
He was a 1977 graduate of New London High School and of the Christian faith.
Mark began playing the piano at age 5, not realizing it would lead to his lifetime career. In 1987 he began performing with the internationally known Christian rock band FIGHTER. The highlight of his career was playing with FIGHTER in Rio De Janeiro for a crowd of 100,000 people. Playing at Old Threshers and in his hometown of New London were special, especially when his parents were present. After the band broke up he began producing and recording albums for various artists in the Midwest. In 1997 he built Dreamtrack Studio in his home in Cedar Rapids. Mark performed in various lounges and nightclubs in the area. This eventually led to writing television and radio jingles. Music was his life and it and he will be sorely missed.
He is survived by four brothers; Orville (Carol), Burlington; Randy (Marla), New London; Barry (Dawn), Muscatine and Brian, New London; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
According to his wishes, cremation has been accorded. There will be a celebration of Mark's life at a later date. A memorial has been established. Elliott Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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A Celebration of Life will be held from 1 - 4 Saturday, August 12, 2017 at the Linkin Center, 113 W. Main, New London. Mark's brothers and their families invite friends and family to attend. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.

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Sat, August 12, 2017
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM


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Linkin Center
113 W. Main Street
New London, Iowa 52645


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Shannon Janssen
Aug 17, 2017

I met Mark through piano gigs at the Collins Plaza Hotel where we both played. I heard he had a recording studio and asked him if he would listen to a tape of some songs I had wrote. He said he thought my songs were wond... more

Aug 17, 2017
I met Mark through piano gigs at the Collins Plaza Hotel where we both played. I heard he had a recording studio and asked him if he would listen to a tape of some songs I had wrote. He said he thought my songs were wonderful and he began working with me doing background music to my piano solos. His musical abilities were amazing, he taught me so much as we worked together and I became a better pianist because of him. I loved working with him and treasure the times we spent making music together. He was sweet and kind, he was a good friend and I loved him like a brother. My deepest sympathy to his brothers. God is ever near to those who have a broken heart, Through the loss of someone dear that tears your world apart, It seems so overwhelming, the grief, too much to bear, But know that God is with you, He loves you and He cares. © By M.S.Lowndes

Shannon Janssen
Ron Coberley
Aug 4, 2017

So happy to have had Mark as a student at New London. Great young man with a genuine interest in most everything. Made a good band member and the other students had real respect for him both as a person and a musician.... more

Aug 4, 2017
So happy to have had Mark as a student at New London. Great young man with a genuine interest in most everything. Made a good band member and the other students had real respect for him both as a person and a musician. I did have a tough time convincing him that he really should learn to read music if he planned to make a living with it. He finally did and his career took off. It is a pleasure to have had such a talented and sincere person in our band and later a very good friend.

Ron Coberley
Angie White
Jul 25, 2017

Mark you was very talented and very nice guy. Met you when you was with fighter, you was a great friend. Your in heaven playing for your King and Savour. So sorry for the loss to his family, all his friends and fans. Mar... more

Jul 25, 2017
Mark you was very talented and very nice guy. Met you when you was with fighter, you was a great friend. Your in heaven playing for your King and Savour. So sorry for the loss to his family, all his friends and fans. Mark you will be greatly missed.

Angie White
Kathy Kramer Villhauer
Jul 23, 2017

Mark was one of a kind....so talented and so very warm and kind hearted. I feel very fortunate to have known him....he made his way into my heart many years ago and has remained there over the years and will be there fo... more

Jul 23, 2017
Mark was one of a kind....so talented and so very warm and kind hearted. I feel very fortunate to have known him....he made his way into my heart many years ago and has remained there over the years and will be there forever. So very glad that we have had many chats on the phone in the last year....will miss those times and the laughs we shared. Gone but NEVER forgotten. RIP my friend.....

Kathy Kramer Villhauer
Cynthia Fisher
Jul 23, 2017

Mark was one of my all-time favorite art students at New London HS. He was like a ray of sunshine every time he came into the room. Funny, yet serious-gifted, yet a goof-- he just was a very good person, and I am proud ... more

Jul 23, 2017
Mark was one of my all-time favorite art students at New London HS. He was like a ray of sunshine every time he came into the room. Funny, yet serious-gifted, yet a goof-- he just was a very good person, and I am proud to have known him. My condolences to his brothers.

Cynthia Fisher
Jonah Hanson
Jul 20, 2017

Mark and I got thrown together at a young age. Our parents were friends. Our Moms babysat for each other. He had no time to play the piano when we all got together. Too much running from each other all over the house, es... more

Jul 20, 2017
Mark and I got thrown together at a young age. Our parents were friends. Our Moms babysat for each other. He had no time to play the piano when we all got together. Too much running from each other all over the house, especially from the younger brothers. Never a dull moment! Mark and I had a saying at NL days talent shows. "Not you again". I was so glad to visit with him at our class reunion. His smile, laughter, and music lives on in our hearts. God Bless his family.

Jonah Hanson
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