Mark J. Drabik

Mark J. Drabik

June 29, 1964 – January 18, 2022

Mark J. Drabik was born on June 29, 1964, in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Mark graduated from the US Merchant Marine Academy and entered the US Army in 1986. His first tour of duty was the “Hardship Tour” of O’ahu, Hawaii as a platoon leader of Bravo Company of the 214th Aviation Regiment.
He met his devoted wife, Barbara Thomas, in 1988 during their deployment to Japan for the US Army. They wed in 1991 and Mark lost the coin toss which resulted in Barbara leaving the US Army to take on the role of mother.
They had their first child, Matthias Drabik, on November 5, 1993, in Fort Irwin, California.
Mark became a member of the 3rd/160th, Special Operations Aviation Regiment, the Night Stalkers. Here, he commanded Bravo Company. During his special forces tour, their daughter, Guinevere Drabik, was born on February 16, 1996, in Savannah, Georgia.
Mark left Aviation to become a strategist and found himself at Offutt Airforce Base on the National Airborne Operations Center (NAOC). Mark had several deployments, including Operation Desert Storm and Afghanistan.
Mark spent his life devoted to his military service, where he retired as a Lt. Colonel for the US Army, and to his family. Once retired, Mark spent the remainder of his life focused on community outreach and giving back to those around him.
To him, the greatest achievement was the life he made with his wife and children, who were the root of his happiness.  Including his biological family, Mark had multitudes of loved ones that stemmed from his military and civilian life. He cherished everyone he encountered, and some of these became wonderful additions to his family.
The Drabik family would like to extend their gratitude to all his friends and the roles they have played in his life. Your love and generosity have not gone unnoticed, and Mark was deeply touched by every interaction, no matter how small.
Mark, Barbara, and the kids have returned to Hawaii throughout their lives, and the family will be taking him home to the Big Island in March.
Mark is survived by his wife, Barbara Drabik; children, Matthias and Guinevere Drabik; brother, Michael Drabik; and honorary daughter, Alex Snodgrass.

VISITATION: Sunday, January 23rd from 6pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by ROSARY at 7pm.  FUNERAL SERVICE: Monday, January 24th at 2pm, Mary Our Queen Catholic Church, 3405 S. 118th St.  Memorials will be directed by the family.

To view live broadcasts of the Rosary and Funeral Service, please go to and click the “View Live Cast” button on the home page.



  • Deborah Engel Posted January 23, 2022 5:03 pm

    I am deeply sorry for your loss. Mark’s absence will be felt by all.
    with heartfelt condolences,
    Ms Deb

  • Mr. Ray & Miss Vinnie Posted January 23, 2022 5:34 pm

    Praying that you will all find comfort in the memories of Mark and all those that are sharing in his passing. We will dearly miss him, as if we were also his family.❤

  • Tom Pope Posted January 23, 2022 6:01 pm

    My thoughts are with the family as I remember the great memories of serving with Mark in Afghanistan and again at PKSOI in Carlisle PA. He was a great soldier, friend and someone who will be missed but not forgotten. It is rare to find someone with his dedication, sense of balance and genuine care and dedication to friends, family and community. He was one of the best.

  • Stephen Cote Posted January 23, 2022 6:35 pm

    Stand Tall Sir, You are relieved. We have the watch, carry on. Hand Salute my Great Army Brother in Arms from your Navy Sailor friend and classmate. Rest peacefully. To Barbara, Mathias and Guinevere, may the great memories you have of him help ease the pain and grief of your loss. Sincerely and Respectfully Stephen Paul Cote

  • William Clayton Smith Posted January 24, 2022 2:10 pm

    I will always remember Mark as a great person to be around. We worked well together and he had a great sense of duty as well as a great sense of humor. We had some great 3 AM talks during out time at STRATCOM. You will be missed.

  • BENJAMIN Gibson Posted January 24, 2022 2:32 pm

    We will truly miss u daddyben and Tina and payden

  • Nancy Dupuis, Maya & Zackary Posted January 24, 2022 2:52 pm

    Our sincere condolences to the family, friends and other loved ones. We have met Mark once when he visited Canada for a friend’s wedding. He has been constantly in touch and asking of our well-being and calling our kids his Canadian niece and nephew. One of a kind man and so proud of his family. It was an honor to have known him and we will keep good memories of him and take example from him to be kind to others, always, and truly care. He was always insisting to write in French too. So here is for you dear Mark: ” Cher Mark, nous nous reverrons un jour, Pour l’instant, nous levons notre verre pour toi et nous célébrons ta vie! ”
    Nancy, Maya & Zackary

  • Your Darling Ex-adopted daughter Posted January 28, 2022 12:29 am

    There are no words for the news I received tonight. I am forever grateful for all that you have done in the last 27 years. You were truly the best “dad” I ever had in my life. Probably the only one who truly loved and cared for me the most. Now I shall plan to meet mom at some point and share some 151 in your honor.

    The ex-adopted daughter

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