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Mark Alan McCleary

Posted By Jessica Twiford On December 3, 2021 @ 10:37 am In Obituaries,Outer Banks | 6 Comments

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Mark Alan McCleary, 51, of Corolla, NC died unexpectedly Thursday, November 25, 2021.

Born in Toledo, Ohio on March 23, 1970, he was the only child of Patricia (Kuhn) McCleary and the late John McCleary. When he was 2, they moved to Tucson, AZ where Mark grew up. After graduating high school, he attended the University of Arizona and ASU and worked as a chef and greengrocer.

In 2003, he married the love of his life, Kristina Rodatz. Since 2008, they have been Corolla’s adored bakers along with their daughters Bailey and Peyton at the Northern Lights Bakery.

He had a smile, a kind word, a fresh donut, or a stunning cake for everyone. Known to many as “Cheffy,” he will be remembered as a caring friend, loving dad, and an adoring husband. When not in the bakery he was with his family in the kitchen, or on a drive up the beach, or boogie boarding. Mark always had a new fascination, podcast, or video to share. He is remembered by his friends as being a listener with solid advice who loved all children. Nevertheless, he sometimes suffered from the misconception that he was an inadequate friend and father. Mark always had a smile so when his friends reflected, “He could have at least left a note – one that would have simply read, ‘Here’s my butter chicken recipe’” it’s because they knew he would laugh with them. They are all shattered by this loss.

A service will be held for Mark on Monday, December 6, 2021, at 12:00 pm on the grounds of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse where he spent many happy days with his friends and family. It will include a live video broadcast. You are welcome to tune-in or come in person.

If you wish, a donation to the Corolla Fire Department is suggested as that’s something near and dear to Mark’s heart.

Twiford Funeral Homes, Outer Banks is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.TwifordFH.com.

To view Mark’s service, please visit:


Meeting ID: 948 4140 3743

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Condolence from Garth Washburn on December 3rd, 2021 2:37 pm

You will be truly missed Mark. Fly with the angels my friend.

Condolence from Jacob Vreeland on December 5th, 2021 5:13 pm

Thanks for the smiles and laughs, my friend. It was a pleasure working next to you. You will surely be missed by all.

Condolence from Frank on December 7th, 2021 6:39 pm

Our deepest condolences to you and your family. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Frank and Joann Rivera
Tucson, Arizona

Condolence from Dee Acosta on December 12th, 2021 12:29 am

Heaven will benefit from a soul such as yours my friend. You will be missed but never forgotten.

Condolence from Martha sedgmer on December 12th, 2021 4:31 pm

So sorry for your loss. Northern lights bakery was my favorite place to come when we would be in Corolla we were just there September 2021 . I came in the bakery almost every day

Condolence from lynn brownell on February 16th, 2022 3:50 pm

We have just found out about the loss of Mark & though its very late, wanted to send our condolences.
We have been coming to your bakery since your girls were quite small & enjoyed watching them grow
& take on responsibilities at the bakery. Mark was a constant presence when my friends & I walked over
each afternoon for our daily cappuccinos & some wonderful treat. He was always ready for a quick
chat no matter how busy you all were. Years ago he made a carrot cake birthday cake for my son who
now has his own family! Until we started bringing our grandkids down we were usually at the bakery
at the beginning & end of the season & were so happy when you were open in Oct or April. We hope
you all are hanging in there w/so many memories. If you continue w/the bakery we will be there w/
the many hugs we missed giving all of you those many months ago. Lynn & Bill

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