Mark Ideus

Born May 23, 1951 in Houston, Texas, Mark passed away quietly at his home surrounded by family on October 25, 2015 after a 12 1/2 year battle with kidney cancer

Advent Lutheran Church

5820 Pinemont Drive,

Houston, TX 77092

November 7th, 2015
at 2:00 pm

A reception to follow immediately after in the Fellowship Hall.

The Memorial Service

Donations in Mark's Name
Can be made to CanCare, Big Brother Big Sister, or the Kidney Cancer Association.  Please use the notification email of

Memories of Mark

Methodist Journeys was so moved by Mark's story they created a featured video for their website. Mark epitomized the perfect patient. He remained physically fit, active, and donated his time until the end of his life.

Eulogy Read at all Varsity Games

Mark's Memorial Slideshow

This compliation of photos was created by Mark's sister for his memorial service. 

Condolences for Mark 

The Houston Chapter of the TASO honored Mark by reading the following eulogy with a moment of silence before all 102 varsity football games over the weekend of October 29-31, 2015. 


On Sunday, The Houston Football Chapter of the Texas Association of Sports Officials lost one of their own. Mark Ideus, Football Chapter President, succumbed to kidney cancer after a 13-year battle. Mark officiated for 27 of his 37 years in the Houston Chapter as a Referee and Back Judge. He was a Lifetime Member of the Houston Chapter and TASO-Football.  He served the Houston Chapter as President for 2 terms, Vice President, 2 terms as Treasurer, and multiple terms as division representative.  Mark started and ran the Chapter’s Evaluation Program.  In 2006, the Greater Houston Football Coaches Association honored Mark with its Distinguished Service Award for his contributions and service to the game of football and the community.  Tonight the members of the Houston Football Officials Chapter work with a heavy heart and ask that you join them in a moment of silence for Mark Ideus, their fallen friend and mentor.


The entire Ideus family has been touched by the outreach of support and kind words from everyone who worked with Mark with the TASO. 

The Houston Chronicle has created another webpage to leave your memories and condolences for Mark.


Also see his obituary, that was printed in the paper on November 1, 2015.

Mark Ideus was a dedicated counselor to 36 people with cancer since 2010. He gave people hope and comfort by sharing his story and his struggles. Read his CanCare story here.