Mark Vinzant Dies at 80

Mark Vinzant

Mark Vinzant transitioned from his life here on earth June 1 at the age of 80. He lived a life full of joy and valued his life as a gift every day.

Mark suffered a spinal cord injury at the age of 16 that changed the course of his life. With his strong will and determination, he was able to graduate from high school, then college, all the while rehabilitating himself physically. After college, he served in the Peace Corps and lived in Somalia for two years. This experience was the beginning of a lifelong passion to help others. He loved Somalia, the people, and its rich culture. After his Peace Corps experience, he moved back to the United States just long enough to realize that it wasn’t where he wanted to be.

In 1971 he moved to St. Croix with his then wife, Mary Jeanne, and his two young sons, Bo and Max. He immediately knew that St. Croix would be his forever home.

Mark worked for the Virgin Islands government for 30 years before retiring. His passion was helping others with disabilities. He worked for vocational rehabilitation then with the VI Developmental Disabilities Council. He was chapter director for St. Croix Special Olympics for many years as well.

Mark never let his own disabilities keep him from living his life to its fullest. His greatest legacy was not only helping so many others but also the network of wonderful friends he had both on St. Croix and around the world. He always had a joke and loved to share a laugh. He will be missed by many.

A celebration of life is scheduled for 4:30 p.m., Sunday, June 25, at Sylvie’s Place, 146 Estate La Vallee Belvedere. Please bring a dish to share; drinks will be available at the bar.