Mark E. Vaughan


March 24, 1948 - January 8, 2018


Mark Edward Vaughan, 69, Mitchell, SD died Monday, January 8, 2018 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 am Friday, January 12 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell. Burial with Military Honors will be in Servicemen’s Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 pm Thursday with a prayer service at 7:00 pm at the Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell.

Mark Edward Vaughan was born March 24, 1948 in Detroit, MI. He graduated from Hazel Park High School and attended Auto Tech School. In 1968 he joined the US Air Force and was stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base and there he met the love of his life, Mary Hawkins. On September 5, 1968 they married in Rapid City. Mark joined the South Dakota Highway Patrol and had a long and prosperous career with the SDHP and Davison County Sheriff’s Department. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. Jesus needed another fisherman to feed the multitudes, so He called Mark home. Mark was a kind and generous person and will be deeply missed by all whom loved him.

He is survived by his wife Mary of almost 50 years, three sons: Brad (Kim) Vaughan of Indianapolis, IN, Marks S. Vaughan and Jason T. (Kristi) Vaughan of Mitchell, 10 grandchildren, the apples of his eye, one future great-grandson and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and uncle Jimmy.


Thursday, January 11, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Scripture service begins at 7:00 PM

Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Friday, January 12, 2018
10:30 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
222 N Kimball St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Chris Finney on January 13, 2018
Mark was a joy to work with when I was a dispatcher for the Mitchell Police Department. He always had a smile and a joke for me and made me laugh countless times. My thoughts and prayers to the family.
Posted by Pam Pollreisz on January 12, 2018
Prayers to all of you. Mark (HP-74) was an awesome man to work with when I worked at the Mitchell Police Dept. He remained a friend after both of our lives turned to different careers. He will be missed by many. May you rest in peace.
Posted by Craig and Gena Anderson and Family on January 12, 2018
Thoughts and Prayers to Mark's Family. He was a great man.
Posted by Jung myers on January 12, 2018
Sorry to hear of Marks passing. Thoughts and prayers to the family
Posted by Mike & Jayne Jonasen on January 11, 2018
Mary and Boys, so sorry to hear for your loss. Enjoyed working with Mark when we lived in Mitchell and always had a lot of respect for him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Posted by Barbara (Esche) Timms on January 11, 2018
Sympathy to Mary and your family.
Old friend from Rapid, now in Okla.
Posted by Hank(HP-51) and Marcia Bayne on January 11, 2018
Enjoyed may years working with Mark. Hunting and fishing was always an adventure. Learned a lot form him. RIP my friend.
Posted by Bill Mickelson on January 11, 2018
To Mary and the boys,
Mark is a peace now. Thank you Mary and boys for sharing Mark with us. He was a delight to work with and be around. May you all be comforted by his friends in the days to come. Mark...thank you for your dedicated service to this nation and state.
Posted by Wes Williams HP 160 Ret. on January 11, 2018
worked with Mark, always had a smile, loved his fishing and hunting in the NE corner of SD, the HP family lost a good friend. Rest in Peace,
Posted by Kelly Gross on January 10, 2018
I always knew I had a great backup when HP74 was on patrol when I was 8-1C for the Davison County Sheriff's Office. I always looked forward to the 10-10 2800 at midnight. was a great pleasure to work with Mark in law enforcement and was always someone I respected. RIP Mark!
Posted by Doug Blomker on January 10, 2018
I worked with Mark while I was stationed in the Mitchell squad while I was in the Highway Patrol. He had a great way of mentoring the new Troopers and was always ready to help if you needed it with a smile. RIP Mark, you will be greatly missed!
Posted by Shirley Brown on January 10, 2018
You have my sympathy Mary along with your family..
Posted by Jerri McKinley on January 10, 2018
Father God bring comfort and peace to Mark's family. Ron and I enjoyed him so much and he was a great servant and protector of the people of SD.
Posted by Jeff & Mary Lanning on January 10, 2018
Mark was there when I started with the Highway Patrol. A lot of good memories. It was nice having him as a neighbor for the last 10 years. Rest in Peace Buddy. Condolences to Mary and the boys.
Posted by Larry Englund on January 10, 2018
Enjoyed working with Mark for many years. Sorry for your loss. Many stories with Mark that bring a smile.
Posted by Greg Ingemunson on January 10, 2018
Worked many times with Mark while on the Highway Patrol. He always had a smile for you.
Posted by Bill Woodall, Retired Officer,Indiana on January 10, 2018
Mark was a great hunting and fishing buddy. I'll miss you! Condolences to Mary and son.
Posted by Brad Bortnem on January 10, 2018
My thoughts and prayers to Marks family, knew him well as a Trooper. He will be missed that's for sure. I was able to spend a lot of time with him and he taught me a lot. Thank you Mark your a dear friend.
Posted by George Martin on January 10, 2018
Sorry to hear about Mark's passing I enjoyed working with him in EVOC on the patrol rest in peace
Posted by Wade Hoefert (Kingsbury County 42-1B) on January 10, 2018
Rest in Peace my friend. You were a great mentor, friend, and guide. May the pheasants fly in abundance and the fish keep biting for you my good friend.
Posted by Kevin Grebin(HP-77) on January 10, 2018
Had a great time working with Mark on the Highway Patrol in Mitchell 1984-85. Rest in Peace Officer. . Prayers for the Vaughn family during this time.
Posted by Robyn Bartunek on January 10, 2018
My sympathies to the family. Mark was a heck of a nice guy, I always appreciated he's love for antiques and was always happy when he came across a cribbage board for my collection. Prayers are with his wife during this difficult time.
Posted by Dave Snyder on January 10, 2018
RIP Mark always enjoyed visiting with you and having a few laughs.
Posted by Paula,Preston,Tyler Herrera/Melissa & Garrett Loen on January 10, 2018
Sorry for your loss. He was a great man and will be greatly missed.
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