Mark Alan Godale
MARK ALAN GODALE, of Aurora. June 16, 1970-June 13, 2022. Beloved son of Margaret L. (nee Dozer); dear father of Chase, Ellis, Avery, and Kendall; brother of Stephen P. Godale. Family will visit with friends at Hope Lutheran Church, 456 S. Chillicothe Rd., Aurora FROM 9-11AM Monday June 20, where services will be held at 11AM. Interment Aurora Cemetery.
Born on June 16, 1970 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio to Margaret Louise (nee Dozer) and Charles Louis Godale. He was the grandson of the late Louis and Dorothy (Stromberg) Godale and David and Bessie (Jessup) Dozer. Mark died on his father’s birthday, June 13, 2022 at the age of 52. He is survived by his ex-wife, Jennifer (English) Finefrock; daughters, Chase Alexandra, Ellis Victoria, Avery Sophia, and Kendall Virginia; his mother Margaret, and his brother Stephen; his uncle, Donald and cousins David and Karen Dozer. Mark is preceded in death by his father, grandparents, and aunt Muriel Dozer.
Mark graduated from Aurora High School in 1989 and Akron University in 1994 with a B.A. in Graphic Art and Design. He has worked for Adcom and the Cleveland Water Department for the City of Cleveland as Art Director.
Mr. Godale enjoyed art and photography and all sports, especially soccer, but his real passion was for running. He has qualified and ran the Boston Marathon for 26 consecutive years, the Ohio Buckeye Run, the Burning River Run, which starts at Squires Castle and through the Metro Parks system for 100 miles. Mark has also represented the United States numerous times running with the American Track and Field teams in Holland, France, Greece, Japan, South Africa, and Patagonia in South America where he won.
Some of his highlights include:
1995-2000 First Overall: Ohio-Michigan Marathon, Silver State Marathon, Almost Heaven Marathon, Carolina Marathon, and Phoenix Desert Classic Marathon
1997-2000 Represented the United States in four 100K World Championships (USA 100K Team)
1998 2nd Overall USA Track and Field 100K National Championship, 2nd Overall USA Track and Field 50 Mile National Championship.
1999 3rd Overall Badwater 135 Mile Endurance Run from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney.
1999 5th Overall USA Track and Field 50K National Championship
1999 USA Track and Field 50 Mile National Champion
Ranked 3rd in the world for 24 Hour Run
1999 USA Track and Field 24 Hour National Champion. (American recordholder for 162.4 miles)
1999 USA Track and Field Ultra Runner of the Year.
2000 Silver Medalist at 100K World Championship. (USA 100K Team)
For the next twenty-two years Mark continued to run in spite of a knee injury that occurred from a fall during a run through the Grand Canyon. Mark was stubborn and persistent, enduring relentlessly in all that he did. He loved his comradeship with fellow runners and employees. But most of all he always said “I love my girls”.