In Memory of

Mark Raymond Brighton

December 17, 1962 - August 28, 2021
From: Marcus, IA

Mark Raymond Brighton, age 58 of Marcus, Iowa, passed away Saturday, August 28, 2021 at his home in Marcus. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Friday, September 3, 2021 at the Grace United Methodist Church in Marcus. Pastor Travis Stevick will officiate. Burial will be at the Newell Cemetery in Newell, IA. Visitation will take place at the Grace United Methodist Church in Marcus beginning at 4:00 pm with the family present from 5:00 to 7:00. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in Mark’s name where a portion will be used for school related projects that were dear to him. The Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Marcus is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Mark Raymond Brighton, the son of Rev. George and Norma (Johnsen) Brighton, was born on December 17, 1962 in Belmond, IA. He graduated from Graettinger High School in Graettinger, IA. In 1987 he graduated from Westmar College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Physical Education and Elementary Education. He later graduated from Drake University with a Master of Science in Educational Administration in 1995.

Teaching and coaching were Mark’s life. He began teaching at Meriden-Cleghorn School in 1987 and continued to teach through the consolidation with Marcus in 1993 and Remsen Union in 2016. He began as a physical education instructor. Over the years, he also served as a reading and spelling instructor, health teacher, and junior high athletic director. Mark was an instructor for Northwest AEA and an adjunct professor at Morningside College. He retired from Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn-Remsen-Union in May 2020.

Mark was a talented coach, referee and umpire. Over his long career, he earned many honors and accolades which include the Iowa Middle School Athletic Director Of The Year multiple times, 1A District Coach Of The Year multiple times and was inducted into the 2021 IHSADA Hall of Fame. Mark spent many years umpiring high school/college softball as well as refereeing high school volleyball and basketball. Mark was honored to be chosen to umpire the Iowa Girls High School State Softball Tournament for more than 10 years consecutively. He also made multiple appearances in the Iowa Girls High School State Volleyball Tournament.

Mark was united in marriage to Amy Hupke. Together, they were blessed with two children, Laura and Kyle.

He attended the College World Series and at least one Minnesota Twins baseball game every year. He loved all sports, and it would be normal for him to be watching and keeping track of multiple games at the same time. He was an avid Minnesota Twins, Vikings, and Iowa Hawkeyes fan. He was known to have stockpiles of Snickers candy bars in his freezer along with plenty of Coke in a can in the fridge. Most of all, Mark enjoyed every moment spent following his children through school. His kids were his everything.

Mark was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. George and Norma Brighton and his brother-in-law, Jeff Brebner.

He will be lovingly remembered by his children, Laura Brighton and boyfriend, Colin Hartman of Sioux City, and Kyle Brighton of Hinton; brother, David (Becky) Brighton of Marion; sister, Marcia Brebner of Newell; two nephews, Kolin (Nicole) Brighton of Cedar Rapids, and Zachary Brebner of Urbandale; two nieces, Valerea Brebner-Ehrhardt (Jon) of Sac City and Katie Legue (Eric) of Vinton along with many other relatives and friends.

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Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 3, 2021, at the Grace United Methodist Church in Marcus, IA.

In Lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in Mark's name to be used at a later date for school related projects that were dear to him.
Pastor Travis Stevick
Visitation will begin at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, with family present from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday night at the Grace United Methodist Church in Marcus.
Newell Cemetery
Newell, Iowa


Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 11:15 AM
“I was so shocked and saddened to learn of Mark's passing. I spent a lot of gym and field time with Mark as a former AD and also served on the Northwest Iowa AD's leadership team with him. He always had time for everyone, was the ultimate professional, and always had the best interest of school athletics and kids in mind. He will be missed. My condolences to the family.”
- Jim Thomas
Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 11:15 AM
“Dear Brighton Family
It was a privilege to know Mark for many years. I was a middle school athletic director at Okoboji for 20 years. We had a lot of contact through the Athletic Directors Association. Mark was an awesome person. Incredible servant heart.

Fun memory for me:. Mark was officiating a game at Okoboji quite a while ago. This was back in the day when the gym had bleachers on the stage by the baseline. I told him:. "Use your good eye and if you are you better switch your contacts." He gave me that awesome smirk. A little later a team called timeout, Mark was on our baseline. To be funny he tossed the ball at me, I wasn't expecting it and the ball hit me right on the nose. Yes it started bleeding. He felt so bad I thought it was funny. We had a good laugh about it several times.

Mark was a tremendous man. I am praying for you all.”
- Bill B. Boer
Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 11:15 AM
“My deepest sympathy to the entire Brighton family on your loss. I got to know Mark while working with him in the IHSADA. He truly loved his involvement in the organization and did outstanding work being involved as a historian He loved what he did in sports, education, and officiating. He will be greatly missed”
- Glenn Becker
Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 11:15 AM
“I send my prayers and condolences to the Brighton family. I was a coach for Odebolt-Arthur and OABCIG and always enjoyed having Mark (and Amy) as our officials. He sure was a great guy and always worked his tail off to do a great job. May his memory live on.”
- Jim Mickelson
Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 11:15 AM
“Amy & children. The reason why I addressed this the way I did is because back in the day when the 4 of you would come to H-M-S to ref, I would announce and watch the children as they did their thing in the bleachers. I was sickened when I heard about Mark, but on the other side of the coin I sat back and smiled as I remembered the fun & good times we had at the announcers table at H-M-S. Praying for comfort for all of you. Lori Hoffman”
- Lori Hoffman
Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 11:15 AM
“Brighton family-

Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family during this difficult time-

Mark was a tremendous father , teacher , coach and official- He will be missed--

With Deepest sympathies,

Jason & Melissa Uhl family”
- Jason Uhl
Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 11:15 AM
“We were so sorry to hear of Mark's passing.”
- Coach Lynn & Diane Jolly
Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at 12:26 PM
“RIP, Coach.”
- Paula Burns
Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at 12:26 PM
“Kyle and Laura - our thoughts and prayers go out to you both. We were shocked and saddened when we heard the news. Your dad was such a good friend to us. We will miss the conversations about school stuff, our kids, sports, and especially the Twins and the Vikings. In fact, just a couple weeks ago, Mark came to the house and Marty and him had the exact same Twins tshirts on!! We will miss him dearly and please know that if you need anything, let us know. ”
- Marty and Jennifer Kurth
Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at 10:29 AM
“My deepest sympathy to the entire Brighton family. I had the joy of being president of IHSADA and thought the world of Mark. We all lost a terrific human being. Prayers of love and strength to the entire Brighton family.❤️❤️❤️❤️🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏.”
- Don Miller
Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at 10:29 AM
“May God bless the Brighton Family during these difficult times. Take comfort in knowing that Mark was such a special person to so many people. He was in the business of serving others, and was excellent at doing just that. While his loss will leave a void to so many here on Earth, his spirit will fly high in God's Kingdom. Peace be with you, my friend!”
- Lewie Curtis
Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at 10:29 AM
“To the Family of Mark - so sorry to hear of your loss. You remain in our hearts and prayers. Mark was special as you all know. He is Home... Please focus of all of the gifts that he has given and remain. May God Bless!

We love you and always here to help.

Big CheezBurger
Justin and Lynnie...
- Justin and Lynnie Ingalls
Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at 10:29 AM
“The passion for sports and life, the honor of teaching, and the respect for those around, made him the Victor through the years. Rest Easy and may Peace Be With You, always. My Deepest Sympathy to the family and everyone that knew you.”
- Thomas Willems
Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at 10:29 AM
“Mark was one of the nicest persons I have known. I had the joy of working Friday night football games as a referee with Mark for many years. We always had a great time and he loved what he was doing. He will be greatly missed. My condolences to all family and friends. R.I.P. Mark. ”
- Dan Altena
Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 7:56 AM
“To the family of Mark. You have my deepest sympathy. Mark and I went to college together, at Westmar in Le Mars. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. ”
Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 7:56 AM
“Like many, I was shocked to get the news of Mark's passing. We had just talked a couple days before he passed and he was doing well. Mark was a classmate of mine at Graettinger. He was a great friend, an exemplary educator/administrator, a proud Dad, and a genuinely good, humble guy! He was a sports enthusiast to say the least and I loved talking sports/stats with him. One of the hardest transitions for him was not being able to ump/ref. No doubt he's umping a baseball game up in God's country! Rest easy my friend! You will be missed by many, and likely more than you could ever have imagined. ”
- Lori Park
Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 7:56 AM
“Mark was a leader not just in his area but across the state, he will be missed. God bless him and his family. ”
- Brad Rose
Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 7:56 AM
“Mark was a true servant leader to his students, school, and community. He was part of the leadership team for the Iowa High School Athletic Directors Association for over 15 years as a Historian and displayed servant leadership is all of his endeavors. A life well lived!!”
- Harley Schieffer of the Iowa HIgh School Athletic Directors Association
Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 7:56 AM
“Mark will be missed by all of the people whose lives he touched. He was a great friend and left a great legacy for everyone. ”
- Tim Thomas
Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 7:56 AM
“Mark was a great college friend who I shared many laughs and good times with during our Westmar days. A passionate sports fan and a dedicated referee! My prayers are with his family.”
- Jay Prescott
Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 7:56 AM
“Mark was one of the first students that I taught and coached at Graettinger, Iowa. He was compassionate, polite and always respectful of people. Many years later I ran into him as he officiated and taught school - he hadn't changed one bit. He was still the same person that I had always admired. I am saddened to hear about his passing at such a young age. God bless his family!”
- Dennis Mozer
Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 7:56 AM
“I met Mark through our association with the Iowa High School Athletic Directors Association. I always found Mark to be a very kind, caring person who put the needs of others before his own needs. His generosity, positive disposition, and pleasant demeanor will be greatly missed.”
- Bob Hoyt
Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 7:56 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mark. He was such a caring person and would do about anything to help people out. He will be missed by many.”
- Kevin & Julie Eekhoff
Monday, August 30, 2021 at 12:01 PM
“You have my sympathy in this time of your loss. Prayers for all during this difficult time. ”
- Marlin Schoonhoven
Monday, August 30, 2021 at 12:01 PM
“The state of Iowa, Mark's family and friends, and everyone who ever knew him or met him know that Mark was a terroifice educator, leader, administrator, and super human being and this is a huge loss to all. I'm sure glad I got to know him and certainly respect all he has done in the state of Iowa over the many years of his professional work! My deepest sympathy to the entire family and may God bless you all during these most difficult times! I was so saddened to read of his passing Friday evening!! I will send a memorial check to MMCRU this week in his honor!!!”
- Randy Krejci
Monday, August 30, 2021 at 12:01 PM
“A great person who was concerned more for others than self. A true service leader who I was proud to work with and call a friend. Prayers to the family and cherish the memories of a precious man who loved all to the maximum.”
- David Huff
Monday, August 30, 2021 at 12:01 PM
“Gosh I liked this guy! Hadn't seen him in years and so wish I would have connected with him sometime ago. My condolences to him and the family. ”
- Gregory S Loy
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