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Mark A. Starr

Mark A. Starr

Monday, November 30th, 2020
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Mark Alan Starr, age 69, on Monday, November 30, 2020. Loving husband of Andrea (Breslouf) Starr. Cherished father of Benjamin, Daniel, and Jesse Starr and devoted “in-law” to Daniel’s fiancé Molly Etters, and Jesse’s partner Chelsea Heniges. He was preceded in death by his brother Paul Starr, and sisters Deanna and Susan Starr. Born in Michigan, he was the son of the late Newell Dean and Wilma (Dernberger) Starr.

Mark spent the last 60 years in Acton, where he and his wife were raised. His heart and soul are still part of his home of 41 years on the “farm” on Elm St. where they raised their 3 boys, and welcomed a revolving door of many others from grade school through graduation years. Heavily influenced by the summers spent on his uncle Bill’s dairy farm in Michigan, his love of horses and all things Country and Western brought three horses to fill the field right after purchasing the house. Dano, Red and Sandy became infamous among Acton residents, as did Mark, ultimately earning himself the nickname “The Elm Street Cowboy.”

Mark lived for sports, a trait he passed on to his three sons. In high school he excelled in soccer, track and basketball. He then attended UMASS Amherst, where he played basketball. His favorite story was about being “dunked” on by Julius Irving on his first day of practice. In his adult life, Mark's passion for sports transitioned to volleyball, at which he competed for many years. He then became the coach of the Acton Girls High School team, started the Acton High School boys volleyball program, and was named “Coach of the Year” during his tenure.

Mark was legendary for his generosity. As a lifelong builder, he always made himself available to help friends and family with projects, or to offer advice. No matter how busy, there was always time to lend a hand or sacrifice a weekend. Forty years of snowstorms had him up before dawn, plowing for friends and family - a task he never loved, but voluntarily completed to help others.

His kindness extended well beyond his circle of friends and family and recently, after retiring, Mark began a project to build a home for a disabled veteran. For years he talked about this project, and his burning desire to give back to those who made it possible for him and his children to enjoy a life of growing up in a town like Acton. With the Town’s generous donation of a building lot, his dream is coming to fruition. And with his long standing relationships in the construction industry, many have rallied resources around this project and are contributing many professional services. Come Home to Acton will be completed now not only to honor the veterans for whom this project was started, but for Mark as well.

Mark, we are all lost without you. You are sorely missed by your family and friends. Sleep in peace.

Your donations to Come Home to Acton will honor Mark’s legacy and forever keep his spirit alive. www.comehometoacton.org.

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robert breslof

Posted at 12:42pm
I will miss Mark very much. Everytime I saw him he always had something wonderful to say about many different things & with a smile all the time. He built kitchen shelves and a couchstand for my mother, Aunt Flo; & a garage ramp for Cousin Jim. One of his horses I rode was the last horse I ever rode. He left sudden & unexpected but was the best for my Cousin Andy, Uncle Maishe, Cousin John, Jesse, Daniel & Ben. A wonderful guy.

Nancy Cinamon-Murray

Posted at 02:39pm
Mark was an inspiration to all who knew him. His love of family (extended to all of Andy's cousins) was so evident in all he did. A wonderful husband, dad to three amazing young men, son, brother, coach, builder -- the list is long. Will think about Mark for the rest of my life. Andy, Ben, Dan and Jesse, I love you dearly and am so sorry for this unfathomable loss.

Christine Locke

Posted at 01:16pm
There are so many memories it’s hard to chose just one. He and Andy were such good friends. We met Andy at their first date, a New Years party at “the Mune”. Mark embodied the spirit of a true and loving friend. Always there to help and support. I always said once you were his friend you were his friend for life! Whether plowing, driving me to the airport at 3am to go see Andy at her dad’s in Jupiter or rushing over when I called Andy and said “I need your husband and a wrench!” You can’t make old friends and he was one of the best! I will miss him forever. Andy, Ben, Dan and Jesse I’ll be here for you forever!!❤️

Judy Katalina

Posted at 09:09am
The DCL Volleyball community has lost a true friend. I had the honor of coaching against Mark during his tenure at AB. AB and LS were long time rivals and the competition was always fierce. It was obvious from the time Mark started that he was passionate about the sport but more importantly was a fantastic role model for his athletes. He always treated them with respect and pushed them to be better both on and off the court. Whenever we arrived at the other's gym the first thing we did was hug each other and catch up on life. When the match started we were opponents but never "enemies". His character was evident when he would over rule an line judge's missed call against his own team. He would give us the ball when he didn't have to but that was the kind of person Mark was. Even after retirement he never missed an LS vs AB match home or away. Mark was truly special and I will miss him. My condolences to his family. Mark, my friend, rest easy.
Judy Katalina
LS vs AB Forever.....

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