In Memory of Mark Nishio(1992 - 2016)
- Mark Nishio
- Birth Date
- August 22, 1992
- Ascension Date
- June 22, 2016
- Local Church
- UC Columbus
Following is a testimony by Following is a testimony by Mark's father, Hiroyoshi Nishio.
Mark Nishio was born at home during the hot and muggy summer of ‘92 in St. Louis, MO with a midwife and Unificationist prayer champion Earlice Wrice in attendance. He is the fourth child and third son of Hiroyoshi & Susan Nishio. His family moved to Indianapolis, IN in first grade, having previously been in Atlanta, GA and Detroit, MI. He taught himself drawing, winning recognition in a city-wide competition. He moved to Columbus, OH where he was homeschooled awhile and attended Dublin Coffman high school. His first job was a cook at a diner while attending the community college.
An avid cyclist, Mark’s his first long distance ride was between Indianapolis, Indiana and Columbus, Ohio with his two brothers when he was 20 years old. It was getting dark on the unlit two-lane highway they were riding as they reached the outskirts of Columbus. Technically they had reached their goal, but it was still 45 minutes from home by car. Mark would not be robbed of his goal and was long gone when his older and wiser brothers were picked up: home—sorta. Mark rode on alone to finish the journey.
Last year he had a serious motor cycle accident which took more than three months to recover from and to start back at the bicycle shop he managed. This year he started to study in college again following in his older brother’s footsteps to be a mechanical engineer. This last Sunday was Father’s day and I visited his apartment and had such an enjoyable time. He showed me how he did his sit ups and pushups in his physical conditioning class, and corrected my push up form. He always gave me a hug when we greeted each other and said, “I love you” when we parted. The night before the accident, he came to our home and my wife, Mark, and I sat at the dining table for several hours while he worked on his math homework. Before he left we called his older brother in Canada and wished him “Happy Birthday”. The boys chatted a bit and Mark headed home. We held up the phone so that his older brother could hear the roar of his Harley Davidson as Mark drove away. He lived a life that my daughter said was, “like a ball that always returned, through difficult times or accidents; he always came back and kept going forward, showing his love and kindness to others.” I am really proud to have him as my son and appreciated discovering that love and beauty can be so profound. His life and personality did not fit into a normal box. His spirit went to the spiritual world where I cannot reach him in this physical dimension but he planted the seed of love and kindness in all of us. Although I miss him greatly I hope you can cherish his seed of love and kindness and live well.
- 12:00 PM (EST)
- June 26, 2016
- UC Columbus Church, 4303 Indianola Ave., Columbus, OH
- The prayer vigil will be held in place of a viewing.