Mark Kiddie Obituary

Mark L. Kiddie
Mark Kiddie
Mark L. Kiddie

March 27, 1947 - July 18, 2009
Born in White Sulphur Springs, Montana
Resided in Cincinnati, OH
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Mark L. Kiddie died unexpectedly on July 18, 2009 in Cincinnati. He was 62. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, September 12, 2009 at First Christian Church, 2500 University Ave. in Des Moines. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are suggested to The Disciple Women at First Christian Church.

Mark was born on March 27, 1947, in White Sulphur Springs, Montana and grew up Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated from Roosevelt High School. Mark was preceded in death by his parents, Darrell and Helen Halliburton Kiddie. Mark was a 3rd generation member of First Christian Church in Des Moines.

A 1970 graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning and a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Mark founded Mark L. Kiddie & Associates Inc. in 1971. His career spanned more than 30 years and included numerous commercial and residential projects for a variety of clients across the country including renovations at the First Christian Church in Des Moines.

In recent years, Mark gained recognition as the director of the Boomer Esiason Sporting Clays Pro-Am, an annual charitable and sporting event that he helped launch in 1999. He recently completed his 11th year as the shoot's director and will be remembered as a driving force behind its success in raising more than $2 million to benefit cystic fibrosis programs conducted through Cincinnati Children's Hospital and the Boomer Esiason Foundation. In addition, Mark co-founded the Boomer Esiason All-American Sporting Clays Championship and World FITASC Challenge event, which began in 2007.

"Mark combined his experience in design, management, and marketing with his expertise in and love of sporting clays to benefit Cincinnati Children's Hospital and the tens of thousands of people who are living with cystic fibrosis," said Jack Cassidy, president and CEO of Cincinnati Bell Inc. and co-founder of the Boomer Esiason Sporting Clays Pro-Am. "As a man with tremendous friendships at home and around the world, Mark will be deeply missed."

Mark was a sportsman whose love of the sporting life started early, when at age 9 he began to accompany his father on shooting, hunting, and golf outings. While he gained significant expertise in golf and equestrian sports, it was the strict disciplines of skeet, trap, and sporting clays where he rose above and beyond the norm to participate in U.S. and international competitions.

In addition to winning the 1997 National All-Around Shotgun Championship, Mark was the U.S. Amateur Sporting Clays Champion in 1999; the USA Shooting International Skeet National Senior Champion in 1999 and 2000; and an English Sporting Veteran bronze medalist. As a five-time National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA) All-American and a member of the NSCA's Team USA, he was well-known and respected by shooting enthusiasts. Mark became a member of the Ohio Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame in 2000 and was inducted into the Ohio Sporting Clays Association Hall of Fame in 2007. He also represented Ohio as a delegate to the NSCA.

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First Christian Church
2500 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50310
Saturday, September 12, 2009
1:00 PM