May 6, 1964 – July 28, 2022
Mark Alan Nichols (MAN), aged 58, died on July 28, 2022, after a brave battle with brain cancer, surrounded by his family. He was born on May 6, 1964 in Ogden, Utah, in Kent to Florence Farr Nichols.
Mark grew up near Forest Green Park; he and his brothers ran the neighborhood. They spent all their time outside roaming, exploring and causing trouble. They were known to all the neighbors as “those Nichols boys.” He was a well-rounded athlete; he excelled at ski racing, church basketball, and tennis. Mark was humble, kind and a friend to all.
He graduated from Ogden High School in 1982, then attended Weber State University and eventually entered dental school at the Medical College of Virginia (MCV), graduating in the top 5 of his class in 1993. VA Hospital in SLC, Utah, before joining his father in his family’s dental practice in South Ogden, Utah, where he practiced dentistry for 28 years.
Mark met the love of his life, Melissa Hoffmann, at Alpine Sports, where they both worked. They were married on July 19, 1991 at The Deer Valley Lodge. Mark and Melissa were truly best friends while raising their children side by side and constantly traveling the world together. They had three wonderful children. Mark had a very special relationship with each of his children and loved spending time with them. His main goal in life was to teach them to be good people, to brush their teeth and not to take life too seriously. Together they loved going on adventures, boating on Lake Powell and Hebgen Lake, and visiting national parks. They loved skiing, playing tennis and pickleball, hiking, exploring and watching shows in their theater. The greatest joy in Mark’s life was his family; he was happiest when they were all together
Mark was an avid member of the Boy Scouts of America and received his Eagle Scout Award at age 13. He remained active in Scouting throughout his life; he attended every campout with his boys during their time with scouts. He was also a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Mark was a very sociable and friendly person. He saw each of his dental patients and employees as true friends. It’s been said we need more Mark Nichols in the world!
He is survived by his wife of 31, Melissa, and his children: Riley (Abbie), Abby, Benjamin (Camille), and his two puppies, Gary and Vince; his grandson, Nash; his parents; and his 4 siblings: Terrie (Mark) Meadows, Jill (Steve) Webber, Chris and Craig (Missy).
A celebration of Mark’s life will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2022, from 6-8 PM at the Weber State Alumni Center, 1235 Village Drive Ogden, UT 84403.
We would like to thank the Huntsman Cancer Institute and Intermountain Homecare and Hospice for their assistance, reassurance and outstanding care.
Instead of flowers, we ask that you spend that money to make memories with your family. And don’t forget to do as Mark used to say, “Get busy livin’ or get busy dyin'”.
Arrangements entrusted to Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd.
Express condolences to the family at: www.lindquistmortuary.com.