Mark E. Divis
Date of Birth
December 9, 1961
Wahoo, Nebraska
Entered into Rest
February 9, 2017
Valencia, California
Memorial Mass Directions

Monday, February 27, 2017 ~ 7:30 p.m.
St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church ~ Wahoo, Nebraska


American Cancer Society or St. Wenceslaus Church

Mark E. Divis, 55, of Valencia, CA, died February 9, 2017 at his home in Valencia.  He was born December 9, 1961 in Wahoo, NE to Charles and Shirley (Diffey) Divis.  He attended Wahoo Public Schools and graduated in 1980.  In 1984, Mark received his Bachelor of Science degree in music education from the University of Nebraska.  He taught music for one year and then moved to California to be with some of his college friends.

In 1987, he became a Deputy Sheriff in Los Angeles County in California and later in his career he was elected as the Vice President of the Sheriff’s Union.  He held this position until four years ago when he was diagnosed with cancer.  Mark served his country in the U.S. National Guard for several years.

He is survived by his wife Sharon; daughter Samantha (Eddie) Unger; son Tony; sister Ann (Paul) Ellenberger; brother Greg; two step-children; father Charles; father-in-law Bert Tolbert; and a host of relatives and friends.

Condolences for Mark E. Divis
  1. Sandi
    • February 13, 2017 - 6 years ago

    I have fond memories of Mark from High School. Thanks for all the memories you have made with me. You were truly a kind and loving friend. Forever in my heart you will be.

  2. John Carter
    • February 15, 2017 - 6 years ago

    Mark was one of those people who was most fun to be around. Always positive and upbeat, kind and willing to help anyone.
    I am so lucky to have known him and shared so many laughs together.
    He loved his friends but most of all his family. Mark talked all the time of his love for Sharon and the kids. A real family man and someone to look up to and try to emulate. He used to say he was the luckiest man alive.
    He will always be missed. RIP my friend.

  3. Julie Petrelli
    • February 16, 2017 - 6 years ago

    Mark, you changed my life in many ways and I am forever grateful to call you my friend and mentor. Mark, I miss you already and I am praying for healing for your family. I’ll never forget you!

  4. Rita C. Villa
    • February 17, 2017 - 6 years ago

    I pray that God will grant all of Mark’s family strength and peace at this very sad time. I got the opportunity to know Mark and work with him while he was serving ALDADS. He was always generous with his time and willing to assist me during the audit. He was so very brave as he fought this battle with cancer. I admired his spirit greatly. You can take solace in the fact that he is no longer suffering.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Rita C. Villa

  5. Pete Brodie
    • February 17, 2017 - 6 years ago

    Mark was thoughtful and fun to be around. He
    was always concerned about helping the membership of ALADS and spoke often of his family. He will be truly missed. R.I.P.

  6. Bill Penzo
    • February 17, 2017 - 6 years ago

    I still remember the first time I met Mark nearly a decade ago; his physical presence, warm personality and smile filled the room. He was a true “gentle giant”; a great public servant as a Deputy Sheriff, and great association leader as ALADS Vice-President. My deepest condolences to his family, and all of his many loved ones. Our lives have been made better by getting the opportunity to know Mark, and he is missed.

  7. Jerry Bartek
    • February 21, 2017 - 6 years ago

    Sending a short note of acknowledgment from the Charles Bartek family to our childhood friends family. We have wonderful memories of Mark dating back nearly 50 years ago. My personal oldest memory was having a large and admired beer can collection with Mark. God Speed and being a Godly man means that he is now in heaven.

  8. Richard Emerton
    • February 21, 2017 - 6 years ago

    I was Mark’s staff instructor when he attended the LASD Academy, Class #237, 1st Platoon. Mark was an inspirational leader of his training platoon and fellow recruits. After graduation I lost track of his career with the department, but occasionally heard of his dedication and motivation to improve the working conditions for his fellow deputies as a ALADS Board Member. Our careers somewhat paralleled each other as I served with ALADS. My thoughts and prayers are with Mark’s family. It was a pleasure and privilege to have known Mark. Thank you for your service as a LASD Deputy. R.I.P.

  9. Jim Fauver & Beverly Miller
    • February 22, 2017 - 6 years ago

    Our sincere condolences to the Divis family.
    A fine young man who attended school with
    the our youngsters in Wahoo.
    May God Bless each one of you in your
    family’s time of grief and loss of Mark.
    You are in our thoughts & prayers.

    Jim Fauver & Bev Miller

  10. • February 22, 2017 - 6 years ago

    Our sincere condolences to the family.

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