UNIONVILLE>>A fund established to help pay for the college education of a Unionville man who died last week after dedicating his life to helping youth at the Unionville Recreation Association, has raised more than $20,000 in just three days.
Mark Powers, a 1985 graduate of Unionville High School and was always at the URA complex on Doe Run Road, died at the age of 47 at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital. He is survived by his wife Cathie, daughter Kasey, 22, and son Colton, 17. A funeral service was held Monday, March 9 at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Unionville.
“Mark had a huge influence on the improvement of the URA,” said a statement placed on the URA web site. “Facilities and the URA Baseball program itself, making it arguably the best recreational baseball program in the area. While Mark wore many hats for the baseball organization, the ones he held closest to his hearts were that of Coach, Mentor and friend to everyone he came in contact with.”
At the fundraising site gofundme.com (www.gofundme.com/markpowers), more than $20,000 was raised by 81 people. The funds raised will be used for educational expenses of his two children. Kasey attends West Chester University where she is currently a junior. Colton is currently pursuing the college selection process.
URA is pledging a match of all contributions up to a total of $15,000.
“Mark’s dedication to URA Baseball continued even after his children grew out of the program,” the URA statement said. “Whether it would be for the annual improvement and startup of the snack shack, or simply making some of his famous pulled pork at our tournaments that he was so proud of. Mark’s commitment and dedication inspired many to follow his lead and give back as well.”
Powers owned his own business, Powers Plumbing and Heating. He was a former firefighter and loved the outdoors.
Surviving in addition to his wife of 23 years is his daughter, Kasey and his son, Colton. In addition to being survived by his parents and grandmother, he is also survived by his brothers, Brian Powers of Quarryville, PA and Michael Powers, wife Lindsay and daughter Camryn, of Downingtown, PA, and mother-in-law Peggy Yanoviak of Phoenixville.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.devlinrosmoskepp.com.