-- — Mark J. Lee, 26, Kansas City, Mo., and formerly of Batesville, died Sunday, July 1, 2012, in Kansas City.
Born Aug. 15, 1985, in Mount Vernon, Ill., he was the son of Debbie (Meyer) Hargitt and Jeff Lee.
A graduate of Batesville High School, he excelled in basketball and tennis. His teams routinely advanced to the regionals and semistate. He worked in the information technology department for Cerner Corp., a medical software company. A favorite part of his job was traveling to hospitals throughout the country to help them with device integration onto the system.
Like many young men, he was a vibrant personality with many interests. A huge sports fan, Mark was an avid IU basketball fan, a Tennessee Vols football fan and, with a cousin pitching in the Washington Nationals farm system, a baseball fan as well. Besides sports, others shows he enjoyed were “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Seinfeld.” He liked attending rock and hip-hop concerts with Lou Reed, Neil Young and Wilco among his favorite artists. Quiet time at home might have found him picking on his guitar, getting out to go biking to relax or maybe swinging by Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ, his favorite food haunt. His infectious smile and laugh were unforgettable.
Mark is survived by his mother and stepfather, Debbie and Clay Hargitt, St. Paul; father Jeff Lee, Indianapolis; brother Christopher Lee, Columbus, Ind.; stepsisters Samantha and Katie Hargitt, Indianapolis; and grandparents Don and Kay Meyer, Greensburg, Ralph and Nancy Lee, Indianapolis, and Fred and Estelle Hargitt, St. Paul.
Visitation is Thursday, July 5, from 4-7 p.m. at Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Friday, July 6, at St. Louis Catholic Church.
Burial will be in Springhill Cemetery near Greensburg. The family requests memorials to Batesville Community Education Foundation or the Ripley County Humane Society.