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The Utah Funeral Directors Association Awards Rookie Recognition to Mark Thomas Howard of Berg Mortuary.

On November 10, 2016 members of the UFDA Board, represented by Justin Ford, Vice President, and Brad Walker, District II Director, were pleased to visit Berg Mortuary to present the Rookie Recognition award to Mark Thomas Howard. Mark was presented a nice plaque and award certificate. He will also be given a free registration to the 2017 Annual Convention along with two free banquet tickets.

Mark was recommended for this award by Todd Jenkins who said, “He is a dedicated young man and is so willing to do what he needs to get the job done. He is great with the families he makes arrangements with and is becoming more and more knowledgeable as to our profession. Lots of positive growth in this young man!”

Mark is a native of Utah having been born and raised in Kearns, Utah. He spent much of his youth playing all types of sports and anything that kept him active, specifically basketball and football along with mountain biking, fishing and anything to do with being outdoors. He graduated from Kearns High School in 2003, and then served an LDS mission in the Philippines San Pablo mission. Upon returning home he attended Salt Lake Community College and during that time met his future wife, Leann Sorensen. They were married in February of 2007 and a year later moved to Lehi to live with and take care of his grandfather. This experience eventually lead to Mark’s desire to pursue a career in the funeral industry.

After attending the University of Utah Mark returned to Salt Lake Community College and received his Associate's degree in Mortuary Science graduating in 2014. While attending school he was fortunate to complete his apprenticeship through Berg Mortuary and Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Home and Cremation Center. After graduation he re-turned to Berg Mortuary as a Licensed Funeral Director where he continues his devo-tion to serving families and the community. Mark currently lives in Lehi, Utah with his wife Leann and their three children. He continues his passion for sports and the outdoors going camping and fishing with his family as often as he can.

Congratulations to Mark! We look forward to working with and developing friendships with him as we all strive to be the best we can be.