Shon-Mark Christopher O’Donnell

Shon-Mark Christopher O’Donnell

March 30, 1970-July 13, 2021

VISITATION: Tuesday, July 20th from 10am to 11am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2207 Wirt St., followed by MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL at 11am. Private Family Burial.  Memorials will be directed by the family.

 To view a live broadcast of the Mass, please go to and click on the “View Live Cast” button on the home page.


Shon-Mark was preceded in death by Stephen Craig Schafer, Charles Paul Schafer, Mary Ellen Giitter Daley, Thomas Edward Daley, Patricia Ruth Gosnell, Gerald Matthew O’Donnell, Jimmy Brackett, and many aunts, uncles and grandparents from the Giitter, Daley, Schafer, Britten, O’Donnell, and Gosnell Families.  He is survived by James “Jim” Robert O’Donnell, Meredith Tuttle, William Patrick and Patricia Ann O’Donnell, Noreen and John Frenking, 15 sisters, 9 brothers, many, many nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Shon-Mark loved family and friends above all else.  Family was not always blood to Shon-Mark; it was people that he considered family and had special relationships with.

Shon-Mark was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and was adopted at birth.  His family moved to Madison, Wisconsin, then to Houston, Texas, and then to Omaha, Nebraska.  From Omaha, Shon-Mark moved to San Diego, California, back to Omaha, to Orlando, Florida, and then back to Omaha in 2003.

Shon-Mark and Jim met in 1991.

In 2013 Shon-Mark was reunited with his biological family.  He and his family were welcomed with open arms by each and every member of the Gosnell/Tuttle Family.  This is something that Shon-Mark cherished and brought him an abundance of happiness.

Shon-Mark was the life of the party.  He loved dressing up in blow up costumes, making balloon animals, entertaining, and tried to never miss an opportunity to see family and friends.

In his professional career Shon-Mark worked a multitude of jobs. The jobs that stick out the most are Disney World, Epcot Center, Disney Cruise Line, Info-USA, Physicians Mutual, and finally at Werner Enterprises.  At each place that Shon-Mark worked he developed and maintained strong friendships and strong working relationships with colleagues.  He found his way to Werner Enterprises as an IT guy at a trucking company, a place he never thought he would end up.  Werner Enterprises was the best and most rewarding job Shon-Mark had.  Every day he commented on how much he enjoyed what he was doing and that he finally found his forever job.  Forever came too soon.

Shon-Mark loved his family, friends, and peers at work with everything he had to give.  Shon-Mark died happy in his personal life, his family life, his work life, and had no regrets.

Rest in Peace Shon-Mark. You were loved by many and are sorely missed.




  • Erin Little Posted July 16, 2021 3:58 pm

    The first time I meet Shon-Mark and Jim I knew they were family! It was like finding that missing puzzle piece that you didn’t even know was missing. Shon-Mark will truly be missed but his smile and love will go on forever until we all meet again. Jim I’m so sorry for your loss. Please know our family is always here if you need us.

    Love Erin, Joey, Jalen and Caleb

  • Bernadette Olson Posted July 16, 2021 4:22 pm

    Shon-Mark you will be here in our hearts, till we meet again.♥️

  • Phyllis Doucette Posted July 16, 2021 4:23 pm

    Jim, I told you I would remember Mark with love and laughter. So I think it is appropriate to tell one of my favorite Mark stories.
    When we worked at info Group we were getting ready to go to lunch one day. We were in a hallway waiting for Mark. I turned just in time to see him take a couple step and then fall flat on his face. It was just like something you see in the movies. Normally one would rush to that person to see if they were ok. Not me. I broke out into hysterical laughter as I watched Mark pick himself up. I’m laughing now as I picture the whole thing in my mind.
    I’m sure he would want us to smile and laugh when we think of him.
    RIP Mark. I will miss you.

  • Diane Schafer-Mayse Posted July 16, 2021 4:37 pm

    What a beautiful tribute to Mark’s life!

  • Meredith Tuttlelog Posted July 16, 2021 5:53 pm

    Lord I miss him and Jim i am so glad we still have you and we will be connected forever.

  • Becky Sluiter Posted July 16, 2021 6:04 pm

    Our deepest love to Jim and all of Shon-Marks family and friends. I only met him once during a difficult time in my love and felt so loved. He was an amazing person who loved everyone. He will be missed.

  • Lacie Fields-Bacon Posted July 16, 2021 7:08 pm

    Mark was and is an an amazing individual that made such a happy place in all of our hearts. I can’t imagine his spirit not living among us each and every day.

    Jim and Mark (Shon) are an true example of true love, acceptance and kindness. A true couple of love.

    God bless both of them. I want the good Lord to wrap Jim in his blessings to overcome this tragedy..

    Keep the happiness and joy Mark (shon) brought to all of us alive.

    Truly one of a kind!

  • Sam and Paula Cooper Posted July 16, 2021 7:31 pm

    We love Shon-Mark.! We will miss him tremendously. .Sending love, hugs and prayers to Jim and all the family.

  • Chris Fullinfaw Posted July 17, 2021 6:08 am

    You will be missed Mark, you made everyone you came in touch with feel special, that you truly cared – you are a mensch!

  • Scott Klavins Posted July 18, 2021 5:31 pm

    When I see the picture of Mark-Shon above, I here his voice and his laughter. Mark you really enjoyed making others laugh and smile. You’ll be missed by many of your friends and co-workers from Physicians Mutual.

  • Cheryl DeWolf Posted July 19, 2021 8:05 am

    My heartfelt condolences to Jim & everyone that Shon touched in his life. Shon’s spirit & soul were so pure & so sincere. He lit up the room with his smile. I feel so fortunate to have met him. Much love.

  • Vicki VanAuken Posted July 19, 2021 10:10 am

    I worked Mark at Physicians Mutual and he was a “One of Kind” guy. He always had me laughing and wishing I was as creative as he was… Dinorama’s will forever make me laugh. Rest in Peace. <3

  • Dan Schmidt Posted July 19, 2021 1:46 pm

    Mark always brought a positive, fun-loving attitude to my interactions with him. He will certainly be missed by me and the others he interacted with. Rest in Peace.

  • Carolyn Barker Posted July 19, 2021 10:13 pm

    I didn’t know Mark for very long but in that short time he made a lasting impression. Friendly and uplifting in his approach, a partner in what we were trying to accomplish as a team, patient, funny, smart, kind… impactful. He will be greatly missed. I pray for peace, strength, and comfort for Jim and the family.

  • Heather Graham Posted July 20, 2021 8:15 am

    I will always miss our fun times and good conversations. I’m so glad you found happiness. Til I see you again little big brother

  • Stephani Humphrey Posted July 21, 2021 6:17 am

    Shon-Mark was everything described above. I had the pleasure of sitting next to Mark and watching his dinoramas form. He shared numerous stories from his past from family, to his Disney escapades, to his ‘life of the party’ moments with Jim. When Mark left Physicians Mutual, he left many friends behind; however, he continued to check in and share stories and he absolutely loved the home he found with Werner. May your light shine bright, Mark. You will be sorely missed.

  • Lisa Saarela (Svehla) Posted July 27, 2021 9:09 am

    Jim I am so sorry for your loss. I hope your wonderful memories of Mark bring you peace.


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