Mark Allen Brandt

December 10, 1971 ~
December 1, 2020

On December 1, 2020, one of the kindest souls in the world passed away unexpectedly in the state of California. Mark Allen Brandt, age 48, of Allendale, was born on December 10, 1971, in Zeeland, Michigan. He was a graduate of Hudsonville High School and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from Baker College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was actively pursuing a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Grand Valley State University at the time of his death. He leaves behind a beautiful wife, Maria (Mora) Brandt; and six wonderful children, Brittany Murray, James Murray, Joey Murray, Jacob Brandt, Jayden Brandt, and Holly Brandt; his parents, William and Patricia Brandt; brother and sister and their children, William Jr. and Heidi Brandt (Cecelia), Debra and Charles Bateman (Logan, Elizabeth, Micah, and Aliyah). He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Edward and Pearl Brandt, and Peter and Florence Schneider. Mark was a retired military veteran. He proudly and actively served his country for 20 years as a member of the United States Air Force. He served in the USAF Civil Engineering Prime Beef unit 927, rank E7, Master Sergeant. He was a true gentleman that would do anything for anyone. Mark was a selfless man and will be missed by many. They say, “the good die young”, and the world lost one of the best. Mark was a family man. He enjoyed watching his children play sports, camping with his family, hunting with the guys, and traveling. He was active in his church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the Grand Valley Ward. He also served several years on the Hudsonville Community Fair Board. He supported and loved his wife and helped her build and establish her massage therapy business. Together, they were seeking to give back to the community by establishing a nonprofit to help fellow veterans cope with chronic pain and P.T.S.D. syndrome through participation in a program called Veterans Helping Veterans. Mark left this world and his family suddenly while traveling to California to help care for his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Sally and Jesse Mora of Stockton, California. Mark never hesitated to do what needed to be done for his family or his country, believing and living out the motto “leave no man behind”. A private family funeral service will be held on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, at 11 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2780 Leonard St. NE, Grand Rapids, with Bishop Neal Buckwalter officiating. The service will be broadcast live. To join in the service virtually, follow the link The meeting ID is 236 696 2747 and the passcode is 062293. A graveside service with military honors will be held at Georgetown Township Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet the family Tuesday, December 29, from 5-8 p.m. at Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf Funeral Home (Grandville) 4145 Chicago Dr. SW. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to help cover Mark’s final expenses. These can be made through: or or Maria-Mora-140 (Venmo). Condolences may be sent online at

Tuesday, December 29
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Wednesday, December 30

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December 31, 2020 12:43pm
Maria, Bill & Pat and family, We have been and will continue to pray for you at this time of sorrow & pain. May God wrap his arms around you and give you comfort. Bob & Barb

- Barbara Ricord

December 31, 2020 11:16am
My prayers go out to you and your family! May God help you heal your broken heart. Mark was a very loving husband and father to you and your children. Mark loved you unconditionally and would do anything for his family/friends. Mark will be missed but he will be with you in spirit for all eternity . Love the Duke Family

- Audrey Duke

December 30, 2020 7:17pm
From mom and dad to Maria and all the children, we will miss him very much and we loved him very much and we know he is with our Heavenly Father now watching and looking after all of you. We love him and love you Maria and kids, we you love Mom and Dad. Maria and children and Bill and Pat; I am so very sorry for you tremendous loss, Mark was a good man with a kind and good heart and a wonderful soul. A very good Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Uncle, and great friend. I’m praying you’ll have quiet times for healing tears to soften the heartache, and for Gods love to fill the empty places and bring you peace in this tremendous loss you have experienced. Love you, Veronica 🙏

- Mom Dad and Veronica

December 30, 2020 3:21pm
It is hard to imagine the pain of losing such a young son, husband and father. We can only offer ours sincere thoughts and prayers as an indication of our concern for his passing. I was able to have connection with the family. starting with Bill Sr., as a teacher at Hudsonville High School and enjoyed that opportunity. Please know that I send my best wishes to you at this time.

- Larry Byle

December 30, 2020 1:46pm
Pat, Bill and family - my heart aches for you. Praying for God's comfort during this time.

- Pamela Boone Slagter

December 29, 2020 7:55pm
Maria, Our heartfelt sympathy to you and the family in the passing of Mark. May the Lord bless you and keep you during this difficult time. Ron & Bea

- Ron & Bea Brandt

December 29, 2020 7:53pm
Maria, Our heartfelt sympathy to you and the family in the passing of Mark. May the Lord bless you and keep you during this difficult time.

- Ron & Bea Brandt

December 29, 2020 7:50am
An amazing man was the guest of honor at his heavenly court of honor, his mission here fulfilled in the eyes of the Lord. Because we were not equipped from the outset to deal with the transition we call death, our humanness cannot fathom the separation and loss, especially suddenly, of the one to which our souls were joined. Rest in his freedom, know that he will always be with you in spirit until the day when you are reunited, and that part of you is there with him. We love you and pray for you to carry on in your shared vision. En Agape.

- Dave & Laura Chapman

December 28, 2020 3:16pm
Maria, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Mark was a wonderful man and friend. He loved you and the kids so much! He will be missed. Kissingers

- Rebecca Kissinger

December 28, 2020 3:11pm
Maria, I can't believe that you have lost your beloved husband. Please know that we have been praying for you and the kids everyday. Love you.

- Jean MacDonald Ledsworth

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