May 14, 1979 - June 13, 2023
Mark Ruiz, age 44, of Newark, DE, passed away unexpectedly on June 13, 2023.
Born in Milford, DE on May 14, 1979, he was a son of Carlos and Gregoria Ruiz. After graduating from Sussex Central High, he went on to study Fine Arts at the University of Delaware and received his Master’s degree in Art Education at Delaware State University. Mark was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to travel to Japan in 2008.
He taught elementary art for 18 years, in both the Lake Forest School District, and most recently, at Old State Elementary in the Appoquinimink School District.
In 2008, Mark met Julie, and now have 2 beautiful children. He loved exploring and traveling with his family and was able to turn anything into an adventure. Mark most enjoyed being out in nature; hiking with his family, working in the yard, and in the past, practiced the art of Bonsai. Most recently, he was working on portrait painting, particularly of his children.
He is survived by his wife, Julianne; children Kyler (6) and Avery (3); parents, Carlos & Gregoria; brother, Edward; sisters, Wendy (Abraham) Rivera and Leslie (Usiel Chavez) Ruiz; parents-in-law, Ed and Suzanne Murphy; sister-in-law, Jackie (Tim) Murphy; brothers-in-law, Eric (Megan) Murphy and Josh (Molly) Murphy; 5 nephews; and 3 nieces.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 1 pm until 3 pm on Tuesday, June 20, 2023, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a memorial service will begin at 3 pm. Interment will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mark’s memory may be made to the National Bonsai Society, 3501 New York Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002.