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Elvin "Bud" Mardock

February 14, 1930 ~ September 28, 2019 (age 89)


Bud Mardock, passed peacefully into glory on Saturday September 28th, 2019. He is now home, in the presence of His Lord.

Bud was born on Valentines day, 1930, in Booker Texas, to his loving and godly parents, Estelle and William Mardock. His mother was a bible scholar and teacher, and his father was a business owner. Bud adored them both, along with his five siblings, Elenita, MaryLou, Wilma, Cliona and Bill.   From his earliest of days, he loved hard work and serving others. His care and provision for his family, even as a young boy was marked by many acts of sacrifice. As a young man, he worked in his father’s saw mill and eventually helped manage the business. He graduated from George Fox University in Oregon where he sang in a dynamic quartet, played sports and met his beautiful wife, Shirley. From there he went on to begin what would become a distinguished career as an educator and administrator.

He was beloved by his students, teachers, staff and co- administrators in Union school district of San Jose. He was especially renowned in the deaf and hearing-impaired community, where he collaborated with multiple professionals and organizations, including Stanford University, to implement and orchestrate a ground breaking program at Oster Elementary, that soon expanded into numerous schools in the area, and opened remarkable doors for this community. 

There are no adequate words to describe his role as husband, father, grand-father and friend.  His adoration, respect and care for his wife Shirley and their winsome, sweet relationship was exceptional. Bud poured his heart and soul into his children and grandchildren. We were lavished with unconditional love, quality time, playfulness, wisdom, creative outings, enormous generosity and so much more. To his grandchildren, he was the definition of a hero. We are eternally grateful.

Bud was also an extraordinary friend and mentor.  His sincere care, his availability, his passion for meeting needs, his wise counsel, his humor, and his enormous welcoming heart touched so many lives.

Bud’s deep passion for his wife, family, friends and community was surpassed only by his passion for God. He deeply loved and faithfully served the Lord all his life; offering his beautiful singing voice, directing choirs, providing strong leadership, giving wisdom in counseling and much more.  His tireless service in numerous capacities, much of it behind the scenes, was a blessing to countless people.

He is survived by his sister Elenita Bales, his children Janice Mardock, Larry and Amy Mardock and Curt and Christie Mardock; his grandchildren and their spouses Jeff and Debrorah Mardock, Elyse and Jason Wellman, Jeannette Arnold, Darci Mardock, Hannah Mardock and David Mardock; his great-grandchildren- Maya Valdez, Judah Wellman, Scarlett Wellman, Jack Mardock and Benjamin Mardock, and many other loving relatives.

There will be a viewing on Sunday October 6th from 1:00-5:00 pm at Darling and Fisher Chapel of the Hills (615 North Santa Cruz Avenue, Los Gatos).

His memorial service will be Monday October 7th, 7:00 pm at Venture Christian Church in Venue 2 (16845 Hicks Road, Los Gatos).

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October 6, 2019

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Darling & Fischer Chapel of the Hills
615 North Santa Cruz Ave.
Los Gatos, CA 95030

Memorial Service
October 7, 2019

7:00 PM
Venture Christian Church
16845 Hicks Road
Los Gatos, CA 95032

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