Passionate. Gifted. Hard-working. Funny. Beloved.
We honor the memory of a longtime collaborator – and say a sad goodbye – to our colleague Mark Goeke, who passed away unexpectedly earlier this week.
Mark was a 30-year veteran of Chicago Scenic and Local 2 IATSE Stagehand. He was a gifted carpenter with deep experience in creating compelling experiences – from award-winning museum installations to cruise ship escape rooms, Christmas holiday experiences, and everything in between.
There is so much to say about Mark’s work, but mostly we remember him as a dear friend. He had a big, warm personality – Mark was an extrovert in a field that typically draws introverts. And we loved him for it, especially his well-timed jokes and the ease he had with different accents. It was a good day at Chicago Scenic when Mark took to the PA system to announce something in a Scottish brogue or a Southern drawl.
Mark loved to scuba dive – he was always looking to the next trip. And he loved his dog Mia, who often came to work with him and ran with the handful of other dogs that brighten our days here.
Our hearts go out to Mark’s family and friends – many of whom are Chicago Scenic colleagues who will miss him beyond words.