Obituary: Mark Robert Hopkins, (7/13/22)
Mark Robert Hopkins, 73, of Mountain Home, died at a local care center on June 2, 2022. A cemetery interment will be held at Mountain View Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 5, 2022, with a celebration of Mark’s life to follow at 2 p.m. at the American Legion. The cremation was in the care of Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel.
Mark was born in New Orleans on November 12, 1948 to Albert Leo and Ailene Ruth (Lahtinen) Hopkins. A few years later, the Hopkins family moved back to the Mountain Home where Mark grew up, running down 8th Street with his brothers and cousins.
After graduating from Mountain Home High School in 1967, Mark attended the University of Idaho where he studied architecture before being drafted into the United States Army. After serving as deputy in Fort Ord, Mark returned to Mountain Home where he and his brother worked at the sawmill. He eventually started working in construction, where he found his true talent as a finish carpenter. In 1981 Mark moved his family to Soldotna, Alaska to support the oil boom. While in Alaska, he got to know his extended family, the Robinsons. After a few years, Alaska’s economy began to struggle and Mark returned home to Idaho where he would live for the rest of his years.
Mark was a hard worker, but he enjoyed hunting, camping, snowmobiling and hiking. He hiked to the top of Mount Borah with his son Tony at the age of 66! He loved cars and in his youth owned some of the nicest and fastest cars in town. He was known for his long and entertaining stories, which he liked to repeat often, especially if he could share a laugh.
He was predeceased by his father Albert “Hoppy” Hopkins, his mother Ailene Hopkins, his stepmother Rosie Hopkins and his brother Dale Hopkins.
Mark is survived by his three children Kendra Butterfield, Anthony Hopkins and Travis Hopkins, his brothers Ken Hopkins, Mike Hopkins, Carl Phelps and Preston Phelps, his granddaughters Ryann and Samantha and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends .
The family would like to express their gratitude to the nurses and caregivers at Country Living Retirement and Treasure Valley Hospice for their compassion and kindness.