Mark Wright

Our joy, our love, our security, Mark Wright departed from this earthly life on Saturday, November 8th, in the presence of his family. Mark Steven Wright, died at the age of 64, too young by our standards, but according to God’s will. Mark was at peace with his calling home. A memorial service is scheduled for 10:30am, Tuesday, November 11 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 220 Rock Prairie Road, College Station, Reverend Jonathan Murray officiating.

Mark was born in Laredo, Texas, to Harold Bell and Othella Coffman Wright, who preceded him in death. He was truly a family man and wonderful husband to his soul mate of 42 years, Nina Little Wright. Mark and Nina brought into this world two wonderful daughters whom he cherished, Wendy Elizabeth Wright and Sally Suzanne Wright.

Mark valued education and completed his graduate and undergraduate degrees. He earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Biochemistry at Texas A&M University. Mark worked for 34 years first for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and then as a member of the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University. He received the President’s Meritorious Service Award for outstanding service to Texas A&M University in 2008.

Mark was an active and integral member of the Bryan/College Station community. He spent countless hours volunteering at St. Michael’s Episcopal School. His volunteer duties ranged from being a member of the board to repairing and renovating the current campus. Mark was also vital in the formation of Covenant Presbyterian Church. He served in multiple ministries – church life, fellowship, and technology. In addition, Mark volunteered to cook meals for his church family every week. Mark was a joy to many and his storytelling will be cherished by those who knew him.

Mark is survived by his wife Nina Little Wright; his daughters, Wendy Elizabeth Wright and Sally Suzanne Wright and Sally’s wife, Karen Altena Wagner; his sister Gail Wright Trgovich and niece, Megan Michelle Trgovich; his sister-in-law, Sara Jane Little and partner, Barbara Shaver. Mark will be missed by his family and many friends and colleagues.

Memorial donations can be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church, 220 Rock Prairie Road, College Station, Texas 77845. Expressions of condolences can be made at


  1. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Mark was an integral part of the Entomology Department Family and will be dearly missed. His kind spirit was truly amazing.

  2. Dear Nina, Wendy and Sally,

    I hold you in my thoughts and prayers. Though Mark’s passing is/was sudden and swift, may you be long comforted by his deep love for each of you.

    In sympathy,
    Linda Windle

  3. Mark will be missed by many. Over the years I have enjoyed regular Friday “Nerd” Information Technology lunches and Mark’s observations on IT, biochemistry and many more topics.

    His willingness to serve, compassion, and upbeat personality has been and will continue to be a great example to me.

    It will take a team of people to fill Mark’s shoes… at work, home, church…. I am sure he is now serving the Lord because Mark was never idle,


  4. Lora, I’m so very sorry for your loss. Please know that God only takes the best. It will be hard but, with each passing day the tears will stop falling and you will have joy in your heart once again!

  5. Mark was a kind and generous man and will be missed by many. My condolences to the family who are in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Absolutely shocked and so sorry for your loss. Mark was a great guy who would stop whatever he was doing and respond to others needs or questions.

    Best to you and family.

    Donald Clark and Joanne Lupton

  7. Dear Nina and family,
    I’m so sorry to learn of Mark’s passing. During the difficult days ahead, please know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers. May God Bless and comfort you all.

  8. Nina, we all here at Urban are so sorry for your loss (and ours). Mark will be missed greatly, and I cannot believe he is gone. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  9. Mark was my friend and valued coworker. He was always upbeat and positive. He was ever available with help, advice and encouragement. Many times I would poor out my consternation and frustrations to him only to hear him sympathize and remind me of scripture and God’s love.

    I confided in him and he never let me down. I rejoice in his finally reaching home because we often shared during weekly lunch meetings that “real living hasn’t started yet.” It has for Mark. Bless the Lord.

    I will miss his wry wit and friendly sense of humor. He was a rare gift.


  10. Nina and family,
    I was a graduate student in the Urban Center years ago. As was the case for countless graduate students who spent time there, I had the good fortune to be positively influenced by such a wonderful, caring man. I am honored to call Mark my friend. I am so sorry that he left you too soon, but of course the wonderful memories will remain with us all.

  11. I will miss my best friend, Mark, too much, and was able to talk to him before he passed for at least one hour thanks to God. I can’t imagine why God had to take him so early, but as Mark said he was ready and God told him it was his time so how can you argue with that? My condolences to Nina and the girls and know you will see your beloved husband and father again in the future. It is just a little time before you see him again, and hopefully I will too. God take care of my best friend, Mark, and know God has a job for him in heaven now. God bless you all, Jane

  12. Very sorry to hear about Mark. We were in scouts together for many years and were in school together from grade school on. Glad to have seen him at the class reunion this year. May the good Lord give you strength!

  13. Dear Sweet Nina and family,
    Oh, my God! I was so shocked and saddened to read this. My heart goes out to you. Nina, I always enjoyed chatting with you at BHS. I pray that God gives you strength. Love and hugs to you dear Nina! Nancy Fuchs

  14. Mark was one of my best friends, and I still after all this time miss him so much. I am more than sure Nina and the girls still miss him too. I wish God hadn’t wanted Mark so soon, but thank you God I was able to talk to him for some time on the phone the day before he died. I still can’t believe he is gone and I will always miss my best friend, Mark. God keep him safe and with Jesus always!!

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