Mark H. Hulings, devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, business colleague, community leader and friend, died peacefully on September 13, 2017 at his home in Corpus Christi. He was 94.
Mark and Margie, his precious wife of 56 years until her death in 2009, arrived in Corpus Christi in 1961 with their three children, establishing what would become deep roots in the community as they began their business ventures (initially, Caterpillar tractor dealership, B.D. Holt Co., and later, Energy Industries, Inc.) with B.D. “Pete” Holt and his family. As the businesses succeeded and grew, Mark, through his countless cherished relationships with employees, customers and business associates, would touch the lives of thousands of families not only in Corpus Christi, but also throughout Texas, other states and Canada. His advice and counsel was sought out by other local businesses and organizations, serving many years on several boards of directors, including those of Corpus Christi National Bank, State National Bank (Robstown), Driscoll Children’s Hospital, and Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce. After he retired and sold his interests in the businesses he founded with Pete Holt, he continued to support the business activities of his family with his advice and wisdom, including the Vista family of car and truck dealerships. For many years, Mark was an active member of Corpus Christi County Club, Corpus Christi Town Club and Corpus Christi Yacht Club and served as a director of each and as President of the Town Club and Commodore of the Yacht Club, which he joined in 1963 to introduce his young children to the sport of sailing. Mark and Margie gave generously to many community organizations to help improve the quality of life for everyone in Corpus Christi.
Born in Farmington, Kansas on April 10, 1923, Mark grew up on a farm in Northeast Kansas near Atchison with his parents, Mark and Francys Hulings, and his brother, Bud. Following completion of his primary and secondary education at the small rural schools he attended as he was getting his real education doing chores around the farm, he enrolled as a freshman at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. His college education was soon interrupted by World War II after December, 1941, and Mark returned to work on the farm before entering the Navy in 1944. When the war ended, Mark returned to Kansas State and earned both an engineering and a business degree.
After college, the two most significant events in his life were about to occur. First, he took a job with Caterpillar Tractor Co., moving to Peoria, Illinois in 1949 to go into its management training program. When he finished the training program on the factory floors in Peoria and an equipment demonstration tour that took him throughout the central states, he moved to Fargo, North Dakota to become the company’s district representative for a territory that included the province of Saskatchewan in Canada. And, then, on a business trip to Saskatoon, he was introduced to Margie Richardson Carpenter who he would soon marry on August 18, 1952. Mark, Margie, and Margie’s daughter Ann, who had lost her father in the war, made their new home together in Fargo where Mark and Mary were soon born. The family moved to South Texas in 1956 when Caterpillar transferred Mark to its territory headquartered in San Antonio.
Mark is survived by his children: Margaret Ann Radcliffe; Mark John Hulings and wife Janet; Mary Hulings Sterett and husband Billy; grandchildren: Murray Campbell; Brian Campbell; Lyn Barbier and husband Tom; Mary Campbell; Margaret Hulings Low and husband Trey; Mark James Hulings; Matt Sterett; Robby Sterett and wife Kristen; great grandchildren: Graham, Ben and Maggie Barbier and Ellie Grace, Evie and Graeme Low; nieces and nephews: William G. McBean; Susan Nazarenko; Robin Turner; Craig Hulings and wife Diana; Holly Hulings.
Mark also leaves behind several special caregivers who helped him and his family care for him after his health began to decline. The love he received from Gilbert, Chris, Jose, Daniel and Pam is deeply genuine and greatly appreciated.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, September 26 (11:00am) at Seaside Funeral Home Chapel, 4357 Ocean Dr., Corpus Christi, TX 78412. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the charity of your choice.