Mark Eugene Hagley (60) passed on January 20, 2023 in his home, surround by family, after a short illness. A gathering of friends and family will be held on Sunday, February 5, 2023, at The Parlor (119 Washington Ave, Ames, IA 50010) from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. to celebrate Marks life.
Mark was born on April 30, 1962, in Greenville, Kentucky. He subsequently grew up in Lima, Ohio, and Omaha, Nebraska, where he graduated from Burke High School in 1980.
Mark attended Iowa State University, where he earned a masters degree in sociology. He then spent his career working as an academic counselor in the Sociology Department at Iowa State. Mark enjoyed his colleagues and students a great deal and was dedicated to his work and the university. He enjoyed Iowa State sports. Banter with his siblings over varied allegiances was a great source of fun during football and basketball seasons. He enjoyed motorcycle riding with his loving wife, Starlene, with whom he had numerous side trips in this life. Mark and his daughter Taylor shared a passion of music which kept them connected in a special way.
Mark was a gentle, thoughtful soul with a brilliant sense of humor. He was quiet and insightful and loved to get along with people. His kindness and humor will be horribly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Starlene, daughter, Taylor (Bailey), Joyce (friend), siblings Mike Hagley, Carol Watkins and Cynthia Braden as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Also, step sons Daniel Bellile (Vera, Lupé) and Terence Baptiste (Lauren, Niko & Rowan, Mercy) He was predeceased by his parents, Norman and Janet Hagley.
Memorial contributions can be made to BACA (Bikers Against Child Abuse): iowa.bacaworld.org/central-iowa-chapter/
Online condolences can be made to www.grandonfuneralandcremationcare.com
Any time anyone asks why I came to Iowa State, I tell them the deciding factor was Mark Hagley. I met him during my campus tour- he told me all about the Criminal Justice program here. He was so genuinely proud and passionate about the program, and not to mention kind and friendly in general, I made my decision practically on the spot. If everyone at ISU was any where near the same level as Mark, surely this was the place to be. I admit, I did not interact much with him after that day, and I never got to know him well. But Mark left a huge positive impact on a near stranger, and it's easy to imagine how many others lives he touched as an academic advisor. He was a good man.
My condolences to his family and friends.
I’m so sorry to hear of this. Mark was a very nice man. I always enjoyed talking with him when we would run into each other. My deepest condolences to Taylor and family.
Mark was one of the first people that I met at Iowa State. Very soft-spoken, kind, and gentle. As my academic advisor, he made my life very easy. I thank him for that. Even though I only talked to him a few times, he still positively impacted my experience at Iowa State. Thank you, Mark. My condolences to his family and close friends.
Mark was my academic advisor the last three years at Iowa State. He was the most kind person I’ve known here. No matter what doubts I had in myself, Mark always made sure to let me know he believed I could do great things. I hope he knew how much of an impact he made in this university and community. I am so sorry to hear about his passing and wish his family and friends so much love. ❤️
I'm so sorry to hear about Mark's passing. I have nothing but fond memories from God Squad. He was always friendly and kind. My thoughts are with all of his family. Sharon Gift
I am sorry that Mark has died so suddenly and too young. He loved his family and will be missed by us all .-
I'm so sad to hear the news of Mark's passing. Way too young. I worked with Mark in the LAS College. Prayers to his family.
Am so very sorry to hear of Mark’s passing....
Mark was an intern with my office in emergency management. He was a great guy and we had polite but wonderful spirited discussions about life, music, religion and politics.
My sincere condolences to his family.
I worked alongside of Mark as a colleague and later as his supervisor for his entire career at ISU. Even when we disagreed, there was never a question about his passion and integrity in advocating for students. Mark was dedicated to his career and the well-being of the hundreds of students he advised. All of us lost a great friend and colleague and the entire ISU community is saddened by his untimely death. Rest in peace old friend, knowing that you made a difference in all the students you advised and mentored. You will be missed.
As a colleague and friend, Mark was one of the first people I met and came to know at Iowa State. We shared an office suite in East Hall for years, so our paths overlapped on a daily basis. He was a friendly face and always had kind words for me and others who walked through the door. I observed his impact on students in guiding them through academic decisions and life lessons! His passing leaves a big hole in our world. But his impact will be felt for a long time! Sincere condolences to Mark's family and friends.
It did not take either of us to become close like brothers , for that I am so very thankful. I will
Miss you r presence on this earth but will
Cherish the memories I do have of you. Much Love and Godspeed into the universe.
I met Mark, at the time to me he was Mr. Hagley, when I came to ISU to explore a degree in Sociology. I had been to four different collages previously, and Mark was a big reason I chose Iowa State University and stuck around to finish my Bachelors. He was the first advisor that I had that cared about me, about what I wanted to do, and encouraged my passions. He was more that a student advisor, he was someone I felt safe coming to when I struggled with every day life. I cleaned his office more than once, while he talked to me about his daughter, whom he cared about more than anything else. After graduation he stayed a supportive figure in my life, even when I switched gears and got my Masters in Interior Design. Mark made a difference in my life and I am so glad that I had the opportunity to know him. I can only imagine the loss that must be felt in his community, and especially in his family. Please know that I am sending you love and you are in my thoughts at this difficult time. May he live on in all of the lives that he touched and all of the hearts that loved him.
Champ and I were very saddened to hear this news. We had only met Mark a couple of times but thoroughly enjoyed time we spent with he and Starlene. We know he will be greatly missed by many.
Mark took over the academic advising job in the Sociology Department from me when my family and I left Iowa State University to move to Fargo, North Dakota. Mark was a great guy and I knew my students were in great hands. While at ISU, Mark and I participated in the Hapkido club and our daughters would trick and treat together. We stayed in touch over the years and even got together at several NACADA conferences. My thought and prays are with his family and friends - Kevin Kettner
Mark was my office next door neighbor for several years at Iowa State. I enjoyed chatting with him, laughing with him, and buying tickets to the french toast breakfast that he sold every year for the organization he volunteered for. Mark was always willing to help, always advocated for his students, and just a genuinely nice guy. He'll be missed my many. I offer my sincere condolences to his friends and family. - Monic Behnken
I was an advisor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for over twenty years and enjoyed seeing Mark at monthly meetings and on campus or in the Campus Town neighborhood where we both lived. Mark was a gentle soul with a "caring voice" and attitude that made you feel he had all the time in the world for you and your concerns. I appreciated his comments at Advising Council meetings and realized that his students and their welfare were a priority for him. He was instrumental in helping develop a new major in Criminal Justice that became a popular major at Iowa State. Since I retired in 2020, I have seen him less frequently, but whenever we have run into each other, I have enjoyed our conversations and keeping up with him. I will miss him, and I am sure the students whom he advised will miss him tremendously.
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