Mark Joseph Bennett, 74

Mark Joseph Bennett, 74, passed away peacefully at his home in Ocean View, Del., on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, while surrounded by his family. He was born March 28, 1941, at his childhood home in Bethany Beach, Del.

Bennett graduated from Lord Baltimore School, in the Class of 1959, and received his U.S. Coast Guard engineer’s license from the Seaman’s Church Institute in New York in 1965. An original Bethany Beach native, his childhood home held the location of the town’s post office, and the family barn housed the town’s fire truck.

His life as an avid fisherman and outdoorsman paved the way for cherished family camping trips, hunting excursions and numerous fishing adventures, all the while marking him with the fisherman’s title of “Big Red.” Bennett would be most remembered for his love of the Lord, Jesus and his church. He was a steadfast member of the Ocean View Church of Christ for 75 years, serving as an elder for 33 years.

Bennett is survived by his wife of 55 years, Dee Bennett; his son, Jeff, daughter-in-law, Kim, and their children, Dillin, Jesse and Cody; his daughter, Lori Copper, son-in-law, Tim, and their children, Keeley and Austyn; his brothers, Raymond Bennett and his wife, Jean, and David Bennett and his wife, Sally; and his sister, Mary Beth Sparpaglione and her husband, Donald.

Services were scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, at Ocean View (Del.) Church of Christ. Graveside services were to follow, at Old Paths Church Cemetery, Georgetown, Del. Arrangements were by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Ocean View, Del. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are welcome for The Delmarva Family Camp, c/o Ocean View Church of Christ; 55 West Ave.; Ocean View, DE 19970. Condolences may be sent online at