Mark Lewis Trout, son of Lewis and Norma Trout, fought the good fight, finished the course, kept the faith, and went home to collect his reward on July 30, 2022, at the age of 68. Mark was the beloved husband of Linda Trout for 49 years. He was the proud dad of Jeremy Trout and his wife, Darlena and Jennifer Trout and her husband, Traver Pierce. God blessed Mark with the privilege of being Grandpa to his 5 grandchildren: Daniel Trout (son of Jeremy and Darlena) and Zachary Pierce, Josiah Pierce, Levi Pierce, and Bethany Pierce (children of Traver and Jennifer).
He graduated from West High School in Columbus, Ohio. He graduated from Kentucky Christian College (1975 and 1995) and studied at both Morehead State University and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
On July 24, he celebrated his 47th anniversary of his ordination into Christian ministry. During those 47 years, he served churches in Leechburg, Ridgway, Vanderbilt, and Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; Brunswick, Georgia; and Jacksonville and Dunnellon, Florida. His last congregation served was SonRise Christian Church, where he was their beloved minister.
Outside of the pulpit, Mark served in ministry at church camps in Pennsylvania and Florida and was active in Florida Bible Bowl Association. He worked for the National Park Service for two years and was a teacher and coach at Brunswick Christian Academy.
Mark was an avid collector of trains, history, trivia, and coins. Mark loved collecting coins and learning more about them. He served as secretary and president of the Jacksonville Coin Club and most recently secretary and president of the Ocala Coin Club; the Florida Token Society; and the Paper Money Society. He was also a current Governor of the Florida United Numismatists (FUN) where he helped them at the January and Summer FUN coin conventions. Mark loved giving educational programs at many coin clubs including FUN. He was an exceptional numismatist, collector, speaker and exhibitor.
As much as Mark enjoyed coins, he loved people so much more. His ministry wasn’t limited to the hours spent in official church work. He was kind to strangers, a friend of many, and eager to bring a smile to anyone’s face. He was quick to sense a soul in need, he attempted to ease the burdens he could and pray for the ones that he couldn’t. His faith in God, his kindness, and his joy-filled relationship with God are the heritage he has passed on to others who knew him and follow in his footsteps. But he wouldn’t want anyone to try to follow him – he would want them to look ahead to the same One he regarded as worth following – his Lord and Savior Jesus Jesus Christ.
Please don’t send flowers—Mark has requested instead that donations be made to the building fund of the church he last served and loved — SonRise Christian Church 11150 SW 109th PL Dunnellon, Florida.
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SonRise Christian Church
11150 SW 109th Place, Dunnellon FL