Mark Logan Crowder, PhD.

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Mark Logan Crowder, PhD, 51, entered into the presence of his Savior September 4, 2017 after a long battle with cancer that he faced with courage and graciousness. Known for his love of family and of Jesus Christ, he is remembered for his love to tell stories, humor, laughter, meeting new people and his gentle spirit.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held eleven a.m., Saturday, September 9, 2017 at New Covenant Presbyterian Church in Aiken, SC with the Pastor Drew Kornreich officiating. The casket will be placed in the church at ten a.m. on Saturday where the family will receive friends until the time of the service.

Mark was born in Terre Haute, Indiana on May 6, 1966, he was a son of Kay Crowder and the late Rex Crowder, Jr. His father was a placement counselor at Indiana State University, his mother a homemaker and Bible Study Fellowship teaching leader; voted “Most Likely to Succeed” in junior high (only discovered recently by his family), Mark graduated salutatorian from Terre Haute South Vigo H.S. He loved playing chess, tennis, and running cross country. He was a National Merit Scholar, attended Rose-Hullman Institute of Technology and earned a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Clemson University.

Following graduation, Mark served 2 years as a missionary in Khabarovsk, Russia where he met his wife Cathy. A lifelong science lover, Mark was an R&D Principal Engineer at the Savannah River National Laboratory, where he investigated methods to safely disposition nuclear materials from the U.S. and other countries. Mark loved inspiring students to pursue STEM careers through National Engineers Week teaching at middle schools, as well as initiating the Spelling Bee and a chess club for home school students. He especially enjoyed the wonder of his Creator displayed in the beauty of creation and evidenced throughout the sciences. He was a member of New Covenant Presbyterian Church.
Mark’s life was marked with rich friendships. He was a devoted husband and loving father caring night and day for a Downs Syndrome daughter with autism, and leading the spiritual life of his family through devotions, reading scripture and prayer.

Survivors include his loving wife of 19 years, Cathy Lynn Holm Crowder; daughters Larisa Crowder, Lynae Crowder, Lienna Crowder; a son Logan Crowder; his mother Kay Crowder; sister Anne (Cameron) Gongwer of South Bend, Indiana; brother John (Pam) Crowder of Fishers, Indiana; sisters-in-law Dianne (Ron) Goette, Lois (Daniel) Messner, Susan Abrahamson, Margaret (John) Rabbitt, Debra Henk; brothers-in-law Robert Holm, Donald (Deb) Holm, Dennis (Carol) Holm; Cathy’s sister-in-law Cheryl Holm; nieces Millie Crowder, Truly Crowder, Caylor Gongwer; nephew Corporal Keegan Crowder (USMC) and many nieces, nephews on his wife’s side and cousins.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother-in-law Larry Holm.