Mark Proctor Schlehr, a lifelong resident of Harford County, passed away from cancer on September 18th with his family at his bedside. He was 68 years old.
The son of George John Schlehr and Jane Proctor Schlehr, Mark was born in Hamilton, N.Y. When he was 18 months old his family moved to Bel Air. He attended St. Margaret School and later The John Carroll School where he graduated in 1972. He was a three-sport athlete for the Patriots, lettering in football, basketball and baseball. In 1999 he was inducted into the school’s athletics Hall of Fame.
“Mark was the ultimate sports fan but mostly favored baseball,” said his brother, Michael. “He played the game, coached it and was a huge Oriole fan. The last time he smiled was when his son Ben whispered to him that the O’s had just clinched a playoff berth.” Along with his brothers he was an original season ticket holder for Ravens’ football dating back to 1996, the franchise’s first year in Baltimore.
Mark coached the Yankee Rebels Baseball Club for several summers before joining the staff at his high school alma mater. He served as the Patriots’ jayvee baseball coach for 10 years and as a varsity assistant for one year before retiring from coaching.
After high school Mark attended Western Maryland College where he played linebacker for the Green Terror. He finished his education at Towson University, earning a bachelor’s degree in English.
“Mark majored in English because that’s where his interest was academically,” said his oldest brother, Peter. “Professionally, however, he took another direction because he had a penchant for numbers. He couldn’t solve an algebra problem, but he understood financial figures. He studied and prepared on his own for the CPA Exam and passed it.”
Most of Mark’s accounting work centered around tax preparations. His focus professionally for over four decades was as a licensed Maryland Certified General Real Estate Appraiser. It’s estimated over the course of his career he appraised over 12,000 residential properties in an area that included eight counties and Baltimore City.
Mark is survived by his wife of 49 years, Kathleen, who was his high school sweetheart, sons Jonathan of Biglerville, Pa., and Benjamin of Bel Air, brothers Peter (Sandra), Michael (Mary) and Christopher (Joyce), and grandchildren Layla Caudill, Evan Caudill and Locryn Caudill. Mark was predeceased by his sister, Kathleen Marie Joines.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that contributions be made to the Chesapeake Cancer Alliance: uchfoundation.org (select CCA from the menu bar).