Memorial services were held today at St. Augustine Catholic Church for Mark Lester, who was education director at the Museum on Main. Mr. Lester died Tuesday at his home. He was 48.
He was described by friends and family as a very creative, talented man who excelled in teaching history, particularly to children.
Mark was born in Livermore and raised in Pleasanton, attending Walnut Grove, Harvest Park, and Amador Valley High schools before going to St. Mary's College in Moraga, where he graduated in 1984.
Teaching was Mark's vocation, and he had students ranging in age from elementary through high school in private schools in the Bay Area and at the YMCA childcare center in Fremont. He came back to his hometown as education director for Museum On Main and the Amador/Livermore Valley Historical Society. Recently he had been promoted to museum manager.
Mark created many valuable programs, including the popular Lark in the Park series, which taught children (and their parents) local history based at individual parks in Pleasanton. His programs for school children visiting the museum also were highly acclaimed.
Many young people also enjoyed the crafts projects he offered on the museum lawn during special events downtown. This summer, Mark split his duties between the museum and the city's newest park, Alviso Adobe on Foothill Road, where he could share with visitors his love of local history.
Mark brought smiles to many he encountered. He loved Pleasanton. His hobbies included hiking, and collecting hats (which he used in his museum presentations), flags, and coins.
Mark is survived by his mother, Beverly Anglin of Pleasanton; his sons Nicholas and Christian of Modesto and Pleasanton; his daughter Jacquie of Modesto; his brother and sister-in-law Michael and Rosalinda Lester of Fremont and their children, Megan, Shawn, and Jessica, and several cousins.
He was pre-deceased by his father, Lloyd Lester; step-father Bob Anglin; sister Mary, and brother Matthew.
More than 100 attended Saturday's memorial service at St. Augustine, where he was a member since childhood. Private interment followed the service.
The family suggests memorial donations to Mark Lester Memorial Scholarship, c/o Museum On Main, 603 Main Street, Pleasanton, CA 94566.