Mark Ellis Salter

Mark Ellis Salter, 52, of Denver passed away unexpectedly on October 29, 2023.  He was born at 2:49am on June 7, 1971, in Raleigh, NC to Randolph and Martha Salter.

Mark was a very entertaining child. He began walking at just 9 months old and began speaking in full sentences before the age of 1.  His mother Fern, a resident apartment manager would bring Mark around with her. He spoke so well that they believed that Fern was a ventriloquist carrying him around. He was beloved by his grandfather, who would steal him away from his mom and show him off to all his friends.

The family moved to Mint Hill when Mark was about 5 years old for athletic opportunities like tee ball, soccer, football, baseball, and he excelled at them all. Along with being an athlete, Mark was very smart and very artistic as he was a skilled drawer. He was even riding a motorcycle before his feet could touch the ground.

He graduated from Independence High School in 1989. He then spent some time in Washington State after graduation before entering the Navy for a short amount of time.  After leaving the Navy, he moved to California and started selling cars. Not long after, his brother Randy went and joined him. California is where he met his first love; boats. Mark and Randy loved to visit their paternal grandparents in Daytona Beach.

Soon after, on Thanksgiving Day 2000 Mark met Nancy in California while she was dropping off her daughter Alexa. As soon as Mark laid eyes on her that was it. He wiggled his way next to her on the couch and they played pinball.

The next summer, Nancy and Alexa moved in with Mark in California on the peninsula in Long Beach. He fell in love with Alexa as hard as he did Nancy. He took ‘his’ daughter under his wing and embraced, championed, supported and protected her like his own. He also had to learn how to love dogs. He loved his “package deal” from the very beginning. Mark proposed to Nancy outside their house on the beach in 2001 with a banner behind a seaplane. They were married on October 12, 2002. They spent a lot of time on boats in Long Beach where Mark worked at Long Beach Yacht Sales. They also enjoyed many trips to Catalina where Mark’s captain skills were unparalleled. He was a jack of all trait, he always knew what to do to solve any problem, make friends with all who crossed his path, loved harder and laughed full heartily than anyone.

In 2004, Mark and Nancy welcomed their first son Brayden into the world. He was so excited to throw the ball with his boy. He had him playing soccer and baseball at age 3 and football at age 4. He was so proud of his brilliant and sweet boy. He cried tears of joy when Brayden made the Chancellor’s List. Three years later in 2007, his second daughter Chloe was born. A fearless adrenaline junkie just like her dad. Mark was in awe of her. He encouraged her to try anything and everything. He believed she could do anything she put her mind to. She was his boat parking protégé and he couldn’t have been more proud of her.

Regardless of cost, Mark wanted his family to have the very best. He always said, “I’ll take care of it”. From snowboarding to traveling together as a family, he worked hard to make sure his family got to experience many things and do what made them happy. 

The Salter Family moved to North Carolina in 2015. Mark was ecstatic to bring his family back to where he grew up. He was excited to be living close to his best friend and brother Randy, his beloved mother Fern, and join his dad at American Marine Liquidators where he successfully managed the shop and ran the show.

Besides his loving wife, children, and large family; Mark is survived and loved by countless and adoring friends from all across the country. 

The Family will receive friends on Friday, November 3, 2023 from 4:00PM to 6:00PM at The Good Samaritan Funeral Home. A Prayer Service will take place on Saturday, November 4, 2023 at 2:00PM at Holy Spirit Catholic Church 537 N NC 16 Business Highway Denver, NC  28037. A livestream of the Prayer Service from Holy Spirit is available at this link: Mark Salter Prayer Service Saturday 2:00PM

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mark’s memory can be made to his children’s education fund that will be established at a later date.

7 Responses to Mark Ellis Salter

  1. Dennis matheney November 2, 2023 at 7:10 pm #

    Good man.. lots of memories.. contagious smile👍😂

  2. Craig Diorio November 2, 2023 at 10:42 pm #

    We are not promised a tomorrow. Mark left us too soon. He was the very first friend I knew and had here in Lake Norman when I moved here. He always had an infectious smile on his face, backed up with kind words and laughter. He was always at the ready to give all and help a friend. The boat yard will certainly be sadly different henceforth! My last conversation and memory with Mark, was full of joy and laughs. I will just have to hold on to that. I’ll see you later on the other side my dear friend. You will be deeply missed.

  3. Tex November 8, 2023 at 5:15 pm #

    To my old friend, (Salty Dog) We shared so many laughs together! May the sun always shine on your face, and the wind to your back so you may fly up to the heavens. Until we see each other again old friend.

  4. Amanda Rowan November 8, 2023 at 6:11 pm #

    I can remember the day I met Mark!! Chip and I walked into Marine Liquidators to “discuss buying a boat”. We left with the “No Compromises”!!
    Mark came to our rescue when the old girl left us in the middle of the lake, and laughed hysterically when I told him I was a pirate and taking over his boat instead !
    So many precious memories of Mark and Chip. What an amazing friend. You will be missed by so many.
    Please give Chip a big hug from me… til we met again 💕

    • Nancy Salter November 10, 2023 at 2:27 pm #

      Amanda, I know they are up there together, Chip playing the guitar and Mark singing along with him. Thank you so much for sharing this one of many amazing memories.

  5. Nancy Salter November 10, 2023 at 2:28 pm #

    Amanda, I know they are up there together, Chip playing the guitar and Mark singing along with him. Thank you so much for sharing this one of many amazing memories.

  6. Glenda Kendrick December 12, 2023 at 8:41 pm #

    My Deepest condolences to you and your family
    It touches my heart to learn another Angel has been called home so soon.
    Mark was so helpful to help me with my first boat and he was so eager to please.
    His laughter and jokes will be forever missed by so many
    A beautiful soul is never Forgotten

    Sincere condolences


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