Mark Mirbaba

mark mirbaba

April 25, 2023

Mark Mirbaba, a mighty warrior who fought bipolar disorder since 2003, lost the battle on Tuesday, April 25, 2023. Mark was born in Oklahoma City, OK, lived 5 years in Tehran, Iran, Green Bay, WI and the last 24 years in Leonia, NJ. Mark loved all sports, and his favorite teams were the Yankees, Rutgers and the Green Bay Packers. On any given day, you would find Mark at the gym, working out, training, or in the summer the Jersey Shore. His career in the Hospitality Industry, he worked in New York City and New Jersey, and simultaneously worked alongside his father helping him to build his rug and restoration business. He and his father traveled the Middle East, Africa and Europe and created many fond memories and met a lot of wonderful people along the way. Mark was a fun-loving, big-hearted, who adored his niece above all, and taught her all about sports. A loyal friend who possessed a unique compassion for those less fortunate, who suffered or were challenged, that stemmed from his own experience of emotional pain. Whatever he owned in his life, it was always given away…. and even at his parting, he had in place his donation of his whole body to Rutgers University.

Mark's final years were difficult ones, both for him and those who loved him. The last 9 months he suffered the deepest depression, worked closely with his physician's, in and out of hospitals, but nothing worked out for him. Mark studied Sport Management at Rutgers University; he was shy 14 credits to receive his BA. This past January he worked with a counselor at Rutgers and was planning to return to Rutgers to complete his credits and then continue in our nation's "First Apprenticeship for a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor" fighting the Opioid Epidemic in New Jersey.

So often people who have a mental illness are known as their illness. People say that “he is bipolar” or “he is schizophrenic.” Over the coming days as you talk to people about this, please do not use that phrase. People who have cancer are not cancer, those with diabetes are not diabetes. Mark was not bipolar – he had an illness called bipolar disorder – Mark himself was a kind soul, beautiful child of God. The way we talk about people and their illnesses affects the people themselves and how we treat the illness. In the case of mental illness there is so much fear, ignorance and hurtful attitudes that the people who suffer from mental illness needlessly suffer further. Our society does not provide the resources that are needed to adequately understand and treat mental illness. Someday a cure will be found, but until then, we need to support and be compassionate to those with mental illness, every bit as much as we support those who suffer from cancer, heart disease or any other illness.

Mark will be forever missed by his loving parents, Masoud and Kate, his sister Mariam June and Jamie, sister Martamena and Phil, his niece Nyla-Rose, Zuri, Kiwi, and Pebbles all in New Jersey, and the many extended family members in California, Colorado, Iran, Texas and Wisconsin. He now is home with his babies Mashti + Maggie, his German Shepherds.

" I LOVE YA TA THE MOON AND BACK" Mark had such a love for family, we thank God for sharing him with us these past 41 years, we learned the true meaning of love.

July 22. 1981 – April 25,2023

Mark

A Mighty Warrior

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life…

I Timothy 6:12

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  1. Fly to the Angels. You are free now. We will always love and miss you my brother, Marky Boy.

  2. You will be missed but never forgotten. You have captured a place in our hearts. Fly High! Rest in Peace, Mark!

  3. Fly high and go with the angels to that better place, Mark! Rest in Eternal Peace!

  4. Fly high and sing with the Angels Mark.
    You have touched so many lives, you will be loved and missed by many!

  5. I met Mark over 20 years ago, when his sister and I became good friends. He always treated me like one of the family. The days in the yard with all of the Mirbabas bbqing and just spending quality time, were some of our best memories. Despite the internal struggles you faced Mark, you always had kindness and compassion in your heart. I know you are at peace now and that gives me comfort but selfishly I wish you were still here. Rest peacefully my friend, until we meet again.

  6. I bartended with Mark about 20 years ago. During one of the darkest times of my life, Mark recognized my struggle. Without saying much, he put his massive arm around me and was simply present. He made a huge impact on me—I never got to thank him—and I’m sure he had no idea. Mark also showed me it was possible to choose sobriety. He was transparent about his journey and he was one of the first people I knew to get sober. I now have 4 years and he was a pillar in starting my journey. I will always carry Mark in my heart. He was always so proud of his family and talked a lot about his family and his travels. My deepest condolences to you, his family. May his memory be a blessing

  7. I am so devastated by the passing of Mark. He was one of the most courageous guys I’ve ever known. He was like a brother to me. He mentored me to become sober and to get my life together. He was always uplifting and guided me with his positive outlook on life. I had met Mark while working in the city. I admired him so much. He was a little intimidating at first but never looked down on me or belittled me. He always spoke so highly of his mother and father and family. He was a one of kind and will be missed so dearly. Thank you Mark for being my Angel here on earth and help getting my life together. Through your work I will help others and keep your legacy. There is no beginning nor an end. We will meet again. Until then my dear friend and brother. My heart breaks for your family. Especially your parents. Rest in eternal peace.

  8. Mark was like a son to me, he filled the hole in my heart when I left my family to come to US. I remember looking forward to seeing him on the weekends and just hung on to him and even though he was just a toddler, he never pushed me a way, he had the biggest heart and a generous soul. He was taken from us too soon but he touched so many lives. He is now with his Heavenly Father and he is in peace. But losing him hurts so much. I carry his love and my grief with me for the rest of my earthly life.

  9. I am sad and so sorry for loss of Mr. Mark.
    Mr. Mark help me and me family. I met Mr. Mark in California long time ago. He help me family. I love Mr. Mark. I am so sorry. Mr. Mark man of God. I pray for you and you family. Thank you Mr. Mark for your help. God bless you soul of the God. Amen.

  10. I am still in shock and can't believe that I am unable to see my brother Mark anymore. He was such a true gentleman who shared his room with me for couple months when I entered into US. He was always supportive and gave me confidence to stay strong when I moved into US.
    I can't forget his smiley face and his kind words. My sister (Marjan and I) spent good times with Mark and his family and we never forget those days.
    Rest in peace "Marky Boy"- You will be missed.
    Masoud Tehrani

  11. This man was the best dude! I can’t believe I won’t see you!!!!! I’ll miss seeing you at the gym and your fun loving spirit! We had a lot of laughs and lots of good work outs at the gyms. Working on my legs. You will be missed bro. You will be missed! Love ya! Your dude- Josh

  12. It’s hard to believe that almost a year has passed since we lost Mark. Mark, you will forever be my dear sweet cousin who loved his family more than life itself. I will always remember you as a person with an incredibly kind and generous heart who wanted nothing more than to be loved and accepted. I hope that deep down, you knew how much your family loves you and that you found peace. Love, Melody

  13. Marky Mark,

    I will never forget your beautiful smile and your warm heart. Everyone misses you so much. Please watch over your family. Your absence really hurts. I find comfort knowing you are at peace and we’ll all see each other again someday. May your memory be eternal.

  14. Sweet Marky boy, jayat khalist, delam barat tang shode. I miss you intensely and wish you were here with us. I miss your warmth, your undying loyalty to your family and the love you showed all of us. I will never forget our conversations along the Seine in Paris and the laughs we had playing tennis that one summer. Your light continues to shine bright in all of us. Your loving cousin, Michael

  15. Marky “Mashti” I hope that you are looking down on all of us with your big smile and big caring heart
    There is not a day that goes by since you have left us I dont think of you. You were my lil bro-I will
    Never forgot our kebab times together as a family or our tennis matches- you were a fierce competitor. I miss the time we had and your trips to visit us in California and Colorado esp on your birthday- I will always love you- may you rest in peace and know that we are thinking of you always.
    Love you – Moz


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