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Mark Edward Hoffmann, 58, passed away at home on Nov. 13, 2016. He was born Sep. 7, 1958 in Mill Valley, California, to Edward and Marceita Hoffmann. He attended Buchholz High School in Gainesville, Florida, and went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Florida, and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Trinity Evangelic Seminary. Mark went on to set up a private counseling practice. He first practiced in Chicago, Illinois, and later in Alachua County, Florida.

Mark, as a young man, was an avid outdoorsman, and a self-taught biologist. He became quite knowledgeable about the plants and animals of this region. From time to time, many of his animal friends resided in his parents’ home. One of his grandmothers would not visit his parents’ home until all of Mark’s serpents had been removed from the premises. As an adult, Mark focused on his chosen career, in which he was very effective. Many individuals benefited from Mark’s wise, common-sense counseling.

Mark is survived by his wife, Susan; parents, Edward and Marceita; sons, Joshua, Zachary, Christopher, and Marky; daughter, Amanda; grandson, Dillon; sister, Rebecca, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. He will be greatly missed by these and all who knew him.

Graveside services and interment will be held at the Forest Grove Cemetery, Alachua, Florida, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 at 2 p.m.

Arrangements have been placed under the direction of Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Chiefland Florida, 352-493-0050 and Cross City FL, 352-498-5400. Please sign the online guest book at rickgoodingfuneralhomes.com.