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Mark Matthews Hammond

Died: Thu., Jan. 7, 2016

Celebration of Life

12:00 PM Sat., Jan. 16, 2016
Location: Florence Baptist Church

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Florence - Mark Matthews Hammond, age 25, of Florence Montana, joined our Lord on January 7, 2016. He was born in Great Falls, Montana on June 12, 1990 to Richard and Jana Hammond. He lived in Florence Montana for a few years until his family moved to Dillon Montana to start a new church, Stone Creek Bible Church, where his father still Pastors. While in Dillon, Mark attended Beaverhead County Schools, where he enjoyed, and loved, to play many sports and activities including basketball, football and wrestling. He also enjoyed woodworking and shop classes. During his high school years, he developed a love for ranching and horsemanship. While in high school he worked for a rancher and began to work at Les Schwab Tires, where he would continue for work, even after he was married. On July 17, 2010, he married his lifelong friend, Lorissa L. Johnson, in Florence Montana at Florence Baptist Church where her dad is still Pastoring. They resided in Dillon while their new life together began. In 2012, they were blessed with their first son, Hunter. Later that same year, the new family of 3 moved to Florence. Within the next few years they welcomed two more sons, Jeremy and Conner, to their family. They spent countless evenings playing together, watching movies and reading books. He was greatly loved by his 3 boys, dog Sam, and wife. While in Florence, Mark worked multiple jobs including, ranching and an assistant manager position in shipping at Specified Fittings. He enjoyed these occupations, but the one he loved the most was Montana Army National Guard. Mark joined the Guard in 2010. In the military he served with distinction, AIT graduate with honors, Hotel 8 training with recommendation. He worked hard and climbed up the ladder to the rank of Sgt, E5. “Hammy”, as he was lovingly called, made many lifelong friends. Many men and women that have contacted the family stating they enjoyed their time working, laughing and training with him. He was like a brother to them and he will be greatly missed. As I write about my husband, I recall him as my life’s greatest blessing; a wonderful gift from God. Like all couples we made mistakes, we came on hard times, we disagreed but we still loved each other through it all. There are many wonderful days, weeks, months and years that I will recall and ponder with great love. Mark was a good man, husband, father, son, brother, friend and coworker. I have had many people tell me that they enjoyed working with him and being around him because he was kind, fair, just and tried to be a good example. He did his best to take care of me and our boys. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him. Everyone that knew him knew he could fall asleep at the drop of a hat and would walk and talk in his sleep. Mark was a light and could make anyone smile. His jokes sometimes were dry but he still made you laugh. His eyebrows were crazy and every time I cut his hair I would have to cut them too. He loved making weird faces, watching movies with his family, repeating movie and history facts, hunting, ranching and horses, especially the memory of breaking his own. He always rated my meals a 10 point score and his favorite food was burnt toast. Our sons will hear stories and see pictures that will teach them about daddy as we wait for the day that we will see him again in heaven. The greatest decision Mark ever made was at the age of 13. He trusted the Lord as his Savior and put his faith in God. We tried our best to have a Christian home but, being a Christian does not mean that everything will be easy. Sometimes things are hard, but following God has rewards beyond measure. There are many daily blessings we had together and I still see God’s hand and help for me today. Mark now fully understands that God’s love can cover all and He gives second chances. Mark’s life was a witness and, as his wife, I want even his death to be a witness for God. I want to encourage you to look at your own life and find what you are missing. Is God a part of your life? I hope so but, if not, will you ask Him, with all of your heart, to forgive you of your sins and ask Him to come into your life and be your Savior? God loves you and wants the best for you but, it’s your choice; will you choose Him and know that Heaven is where you will be for all eternity? I pray that you will and I know that is what Mark would want you to do too. Thank you for your prayers, love and support during this time. God asks us to follow him and do our best no matter what. That is what I want to do and guide our boys to do as well. I know that God will bless you all for your kindness and help through this time in our lives. A celebration of Mark’s life will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 12:00 P.M. noon at the Florence Baptist Church, 5561 Old US Highway 93 in Florence.

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Dean and Peg Whitesitt
   Posted Thu January 14, 2016
Please accept our very sincere sympathy in the loss of Mark.

J.D., Kim, Katelyn, Lacey, Stephanie & Celina Pape
   Posted Thu January 14, 2016
Lorissa, Hammond & Johnson family,
We are praying for healing for all of you during this time of loss. There are no humanly words to adequately express the sadness you're feeling. It is a huge blessing to know God is working in your lives despite this tragedy. We will continue lifting prayers on behalf of all of you.
In God's Love,
The Pape Family

Harvey Family
   Posted Fri January 15, 2016
We are so saddened to hear that Mark has passed away; it seems like just yesterday that he and Jesse were the best of pals. We are praying for your family in this very difficult time.

"Grief never ends, but it changes. It's a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith; it is the price of love."

May the peace of the Lord cover and comfort you all.

In Christ,

The Harvey Family

Julie Lindseth
   Posted Fri January 15, 2016

DISH GARDEN WITH FRESH FLOWERS was sent by Fairview Baptist Church, Great Falls, MT.

Sending continued prayers. love and God's comfort to Lorissa, boys, and entire family and loved ones of Mark. Pastor Steve and Paula Mix, Staff, and Fairview Baptist Church Family

Mara Arlington
   Posted Sat January 16, 2016
Lorissa and family-
I cannot imagine your pain or the magnitude of your loss. Mark is so dearly missed by family and friends. Know that many are thinking of you and praying for you. So incredibly sorry for your loss. Mara

   Posted Sat January 16, 2016
I was informed of the passing of Mark by a friend...I am so sorry for the loss of a brilliant man and friend, father and partner. All of us here in Oregon wish the family the best and a peaceful rest for Mark. Thank you for the time we had...

   Posted Tue January 19, 2016
Dear Pastor Johnson and Chas, Pastor Hammond and Jana, Lorissa, and families. We can't understand God's plan but He still asks us to trust Him. Some times trust is hard when it hurts so much. Proverbs 3:5 says Trust in the Lord, but we often blow past the word Trust. Trust is complete like a child sleeping in your arms. He understands our questions like Why Lord.. Why did this happen. We won't know until heaven. I am thankful for a God that understands our emotions that we experience at a time like this. Sometimes we can say what can we learn from this. One would think nothing because of the pain, but He has already shown His hand of grace through a difficult time. I love you and am praying that God will comfort you as only He can. Love Mary

   Posted Wed January 20, 2016
Goodbye, old friend.

Elton Family
   Posted Thu January 28, 2016
My family and I would like to express our deepest sympathy over the loss of Mark.
May you find comfort in your loving memories and the warmth of family and friends. A scripture that has uplifted many who have experienced such a loss, is found at Revelation 21:4. There it describes a time when death and pain will be gone forever. We will even see our loved ones again who we have lost in death (John 5:28 & 29). It is our hope that these words bring you a measure of comfort during this difficult time as well. Once again, please accept our condolences as you deal with your loss.

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