OBITUARY: Mark Nicholas Seifert Sr.


Mark Nicholas Seifert Sr. of Mt. Juliet, TN passed away on Monday, October 31st, 2022 surrounded by his loved ones at TriStar Summit Hospital.

He was born on February 8th, 1967, to John Dupont Seifert and Sheila Catherine (Nilan) Seifert. He was born in San Antonio, TX at Fort Sam where his dad was stationed in the U.S. Army.

He spent the majority of his childhood in Garland, TX. He had a fun and eventful upbringing that he shared with his sister and 5 brothers. In school, Mark was involved in many extracurriculars like swim team, cross country, tennis, and debate (which is probably not surprising to anyone that knows him). Mark graduated from South Garland High School in 1985.

Mark could talk to anyone about pretty much anything, which makes sense why he was so successful working in sales. He went on to own a blues club in Downtown Nashville, Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar, located in the famous Printer’s Alley which won Blues Club of the Year thanks to all the love he poured into it. He worked hard and was good at anything he did but his biggest pride was his family.

He married his former wife Deanna Marie (Sharp) Seifert in 1987. Together they share 3 children and 6 grandchildren. He always told his kids, nieces, and nephews, “If you don’t have family, you don’t have anything.”

He was the dad who helped you learn to ride a bike, got the monsters out of your room, helped you pick out the perfect stuffed animal for bedtime, picked up your favorite snack at the store while thinking of you, cooked you gourmet meals at any time, read books to you, and took you shopping (even though he always said that he hated malls).

He remembered your little quirks and would never make you feel weird about them. He embraced people for who they were and he loved with his whole heart.

From a young age, Mark knew how to work a room. He was always an excellent host. He made sure everyone was, at the very least, comfortable but his main goal was to make sure they were happy.

One of the ways he showed his love to others was to cook for them. He was the best cook and started as a young kid. He actually cooked on a live TV show called, Talk of the Town. It may be the love he threw into the process, but to watch him in a kitchen was magical. He would cook gourmet meals with what seemed to be a million steps, but he always found it fun to do “pantry cooking,” as well. He would take whatever he had at the house and make it into something delicious.

Mark always looked out for others. He would give the shirt off his back to someone in need–quite literally. He stood up for what was right no matter who was against him.

Mark never met a stranger. He would greet people in passing with a chipper, “Howdy,” any chance he could. He was the definition of a “big kid,” and wore that title with pride. It’s that kid-like wonder that led him to his life partner of 15 years, Shari (Lippert) Totty. They frequented Disney World and probably had more fun than the kids there. Whenever the two would go out together, they would strike up conversations with others. If Mark noticed someone they were talking to was sad, he made a point to not leave the conversation until they were smiling. Mark and Shari would lovingly call these interactions their “appointments,” because it allowed them to leave someone better than when they found them.

Mark was a musical man. He could play the piano by ear, and it was always a beautiful tune. When he wasn’t playing music, he loved to listen to it. He loved all kinds of music (“Except techno!” he would say).

He laughed with his belly, and it was loud and contagious. He is a powerful force of love that will be missed greatly. Due to the sheer magnitude of his love, it will remain in the hearts of his family and those closest to him to be carried around and shared for many years to come.

Mark is survived by his life partner Shari Totty. Children Haleigh (Javier) Quiroz and Rose Seifert. Daughter-in-law Doris Seifert. Grandchildren Dorian Green, Mark Seifert III, Cruz Seifert, Harrison Seifert, Isabelle Quiroz, and Israel Quiroz. Mother Sheila Seifert. Siblings John (Terry) Seifert II, Heidi Seifert, Chris (Robbie) Seifert, Tim (Candice) Seifert, Jason (Tara) Seifert, and Nick (Kristine) Seifert. Mother of his children Deanna Seifert. As well as many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Mark is preceded in death by Father John Seifert and Son Mark Seifert II.

More information regarding services to come.
Please keep the Family in your prayers.


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