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Obituary: Mark Alan Dion

Published in The Laconia Daily Sun, February 10, 2014

SAN DIEGO — Mark Alan Dion, 41, of San Diego, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by loved ones on Jan. 31, 2014.

He was born to Susan and David Dion on Nov. 24, 1972. Mark attended Paul Smith Elementary School and graduated from Franklin High School in 1991.

Mark moved to San Diego in 1998. In 2001 Mark founded City Boxing. He enjoyed great success as owner of San Diego’s premier gym and training center for Mixed Martial Arts. Mark’s success led him to managing world class boxers and MMA fighters. He was well respected in the boxing and MMA community. He was a great adviser, motivator, and mentor for his fighters, employees, and friends. Mark was a positive role model for amateur and pro boxing and worked hard to represent all of his athletes to the best of his abilities. He was well known for his strong leadership, personality, honesty, and loyalty.

Mark enjoyed traveling and seeing all different parts of the world. He visited the Philippines, South America, Greece, Jamaica and Israel.

Mark experienced great success in all of his entrepreneurial ventures. He was strong-willed and determined. His loyalty and motivation enabled him to acquire all of his dreams. He had an infectious smile that made people happy. His stature as a man beamed confidence. Mark enjoyed the finer things of life, fast cars, living by the ocean, and great friends.

He is survived by his mother Susan Dion of Franklin, N.H.; his father, David Dion and companion Dolly Keyser of Franklin, N.H.; his brother Michael Dion and his wife Bianca Dion of New Hampton, N.H.; his half-brother Chad Dion and half-sister Lisa Dion. He also leaves behind two nieces, Piper and Ella Dion.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at 12 p.m. at the Thibault-Neun Funeral at 143 Franklin St. in Franklin, N.H. A celebration of life and luncheon will follow at Lochmere Country Club in Lochmere, N.H., from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations in Mark’s memory can be made to Compassionate Care for ALS.