We Remember

WEST, Mark Gerard

On June 6, 2020, Mark West (57) passed away suddenly and unexpectedly, while doing what he loved most, mountain biking. He leaves behind Leah, his wife and best friend of 18 years; their three-year-old son, Aedyn Blu; his mother Sophia of Winnipeg, MB; his sister Cathleen (Paul) of Winnipeg, MB; his nephew Michael and his children Eli and Colton; his nephew Andrew and his children Arthur and Chloe; and his nephew Mark (Jenna) and their children Hazel, Willow and Jack. He will also be missed by his mother- and father-in-law Noreen and John; sister-in-law Danielle (Phillip) and their daughter Alana; his brother-in-law John (Elizabeth) and their daughters Charlotte, Madeline, Abigail, and Penelope; as well as many more extended family and dear friends including the Epic team. He was predeceased by his father, Arthur (d. 1981).

A Viewing (9:00 am) and a Funeral Service will be held to honour Mark, due to the current pandemic restrictions it will be by invitation only, however, the family would like to invite all who would like to pay their respects to join by Livestream on Saturday, June 27, 2020, at 10:00 am (see below). In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to The Aedyn Blu Education Fund. Funds may be sent to leahwest@live.com

The family will also hold a celebration of Mark’s life on the anniversary of his passing, Sunday, June 6, 2021, including a scattering ceremony on the mountain bike trail where he spent his last few moments. It will be a time to come together, especially considering all those who wish to attend the Funeral Service but are unable. More details will be made available closer to that date.

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The Aedyn Blu Education Fund Link: leahwest@live.com




  • Patricia Kora Kossler says:

    So very sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. I appreciate the time I got to know Mark and Leah when you lived in Montana. God bless you Leah and your beautiful son. May you both share and hold the memories of Mark close to your hearts.

  • John Jediny V says:

    Mark was an amazing person, an honest person and friend, and also my first brother. The world’s currently weaker without you, but it’s nice to know wherever you’ve gone, we will follow you to eventually. Be content and honorably complacent without guilt; you’ve lived and earned a hell of a life and left a lot of people that will never forget you. I will miss you until I join you someday.

  • Howard Kruschke says:

    Sam and I were very saddened to hear of Mark’s passing. Our heartfelt condolences to the entire family. We have very good memories of spending time with Mark when he was living on the south shore of Lake Tahoe and we were living on the north shore. Both working on different projects. That’s how I know Mark these past 25 years…thru work. An honest Real estate professional with an abundance of integrity and a reputation as a straight shooter. Rest easy Mark.

    • Bobbie Contrini says:

      I’m so very sorry Leah. My heart, love, and prayers go out to you and your son. If you need anything, let me know.. 🙏🏽❤️

  • Rich Hamilton says:

    Really sorry to hear that Mark has passed on. On a professional level, Mark was someone that I looked up to…just this week I had a question for him that no one else could answer. We shared a common interest of anything with 2 wheels. We always had a great time MTB’ing and Mark actually took the step of buying an adventure style dirt bike to join in on numerous trips exploring the backroads and trails of Southern BC…there always seemed to be some crash, mechanical breakdown, joke that made you laugh until you cried or just good old comradery that happened on these trips which we’d talk about for days after! Leah & Aedyn Blu can surely take solace in knowing that there are plenty of great memories floating around out there about Mark! June 6, 2021 is on my calendar.

  • Karolynn Davis says:

    We were so stunned and saddened to hear Mark’s earthly adventure had come to such an untimely close. It’s still so hard to grasp. I gratefully have very fond memories of Mark as a friend, as a teammate in Mammoth, CA and as my boss at Silver Creek/Granby Ranch, Colorado. He was a rare, kind, sensitive, fun and spirit-centered human being with whom I am grateful to have crossed paths, shared some good times with, and to have co-generated and celebrated some awesome successes with during an exceptionally rich professional phase of our lives.. It truly was a pleasure. I’ll never forget how he came to life in a whole new way when he met the love of his life, his beautiful and talented soulmate angel, Leah. He was simply ecstatic. I have no doubt he’ll always be right there with you and Blu, Leah, just a faithful breath or thought away. Wishing you an extraordinary unfettered soul journey, Mark…you will certainly be missed, and always fondly remembered (with a chuckle or two thrown in); and Leah, I wish you indescribable comfort and the miraculous peace that passeth understanding as you navigate this leg of your journey with your beloved Mark ever present in your and Blu’s hearts, minds and lives…just in a new and different way. I know you and Baby Blu made his dreams come true, filled his cup, and made his life complete. May you both always be aware of the phenomenon of his eternal love. May God Bless and keep you both.

  • Glenna says:

    I didn’t get to know Mark all that well because most of the time spent with him was in silence, breathing deeply at yoga. But before and after class he was always so kind and we’d chat for five minutes or so. He was a supporter of the arts and always had a smile for everyone – just one of those really nice people you feel lucky to have contact with every few days who always makes you feel better. He will be greatly missed. My sincerest condolences to the entire family.

  • Julie Armani says:

    Dear Leah and Aedyn, I am so, so sorry for your loss. I wish I could be there for you. I’m always here. Take care.🙏

  • Shelly Vida says:

    I did not get to know Mark very well, only the times he was supporting Leah in her creative endeavours. His kindness and strength shone through and I know he will be sorely missed. Much love to his extended family and to Leah and Blu in learning to live with him in their hearts.

  • Fred Field says:

    Dear Leah and Aedyn,, I am so sorry for your loss. Mark was a loved by many. Young and handsome man. It sounds like he was well loved.

  • Michael Ghosteau says:

    Mes sincère sympathie Leah avec beaucoup d’amour xx

  • Suzanne Attew says:

    I am sorry to hear of Marks unexpected passing 🤯😢
    I know you are limited to guests at Marks memorial so I will be at home watching although if there is room at the service let me know as I can be there!

    Xoxo 🤗🤗🤗🤗❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • jean Ramette says:

    Toutes mes pensées vous accompagnent dans cette douloureuses épreuves. Que Dieu vous bénisse.

  • Glenn Willson says:

    I am so sorry Leah … Sending thoughts and prayers for you , your precious son and family .. Glenn Willson

  • The Menge's says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss Leah I’m sending prayers and hugs for you and Aedyn. Mark will be truly missed xoxoxo

  • Sonia Benezra says:

    Dearest Leah,
    I took the time to read the many messages of condolences for your beloved husband Mark, as I never had the opportunity to meet him. It’s so obvious that he was a truly special human being. I pray that you and BLU and your entire extended family are spared further pain and grief. May his memory always be a source of comfort and love as you move forward. Sending you healing thoughts and prayers. God bless you all
    All my love dear Leah…thinking of you all❤️🙏

  • Gary Rombough says:

    So sorry Leah. Even though I never met him, I will remember him

  • Ella May says:

    My deepest condolences to you, Leah, Blu, and the family. May you be surrounded by Mark’s love from heaven. May you be consoled that he is safe with our dear God and walks on His endless pastures, playing his beautiful music. May Mark Rest In Peace and your hearts be at ease. With all my love, Ella May

  • Gerard and Jo Simair says:

    Leah and Blu
    We’re so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Harold Castell says:

    Dear Leah, I didn’t know u and Mark personally… I’m just one of yours fans..
    I have not words to say that can change.. the fact Mark passed, but let me say, i’m so sorry.. and God, please, give Leah the resignation and strength necessary to move on, with her beloved son.

  • Thomas Arnason says:

    Deepest condolences Leah, Blu and family. 🙏

  • Betty Behrens says:

    My deepest sympathies Leah, Aedyn and family and friends. Prayers to help you thru these difficult times – now and time to come.. Mmay Gods promise of life eternal bring you comfort that you will be united someday. Stay strong and God bless a.ll.

  • Grant Barnes says:

    Dear Leah,
    I’m still in disbelief and so sorry Leah. When I see this picture of Mark and Blu I have a big smile as it reminds me of Mark’s kind and caring way. He will be sorely missed but leave a positive imprint in our hearts. He left so suddenly but was able to leave this life doing what he really loved doing which is a blessing. 🙏🏻

  • Mary amp Michael Andrisano says:

    Our hearts break for you and Aedyn! So hard to believe he’s no longer on our physical plane but the good news is that Mark does see you and and you’ll always have gentle reminders of his presence around you both! Oxoxox

  • Joseph Lucki says:

    I am sorry to hear of Mark’s passing so suddenly. My deepest sympathy to you and your family and to my sister Marks mother Sophia and to mark’s sister Cathleen. I watched the live stream and it lead me to tears. I haven’t seen Mark for a long time and he sure resembled his father Arthur. Rest in Peace Mark.

  • lou degagne says:

    mes plue sincere condoleance a leah et a son fils

  • Eric Muehleisen says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, Mark will always be my friend, now him and Art will guide your son, so sorry, so sad and so much in memories, so SAD

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