Mark Anthony Chatman Sr, was born to Edward Chatman Sr and Ernestine Chatman in
Ypsilanti, Michigan on Sunday, December 27, 1959. He passed away on Friday, March 27,
2020 peacefully at home at 60 years young. Mark was survived by his wife Charlene Chatman,
his son Mark A Chatman Jr and daughter Keanna D Chatman. He is also survived by his
brother William Lawence Hunter, sister Katherine Bell and brother Edward Chatman Jr., nieces
Donielle, Megan, Maria, Kia, and nephews Corey, Delano, E.W. Jermaine, and Austin. He was
preceded in death by his older brother Marvin and his nephew Trey.
Mark served in the ARMY and was a retired veteran and a faithful Michigan and Browns fan.
The name CHATman was truly exemplified in his love to talk and get to know others. People felt
comfortable in confiding in him knowing that he kept the confidence of others. He would stop
and talk to anyone and easily remove their walls and fears with just a few words. Although he
wasn't big in stature he was huge in personality, love, passion and skills. One thing he loved to
say was that he was “A jack of all trades but a master of none.” He knew just enough about
anything and everything to start a conversation, hold a debate and connect with you on a
He was a lover of music, teaching his family about Prince, Anita Baker, Bootsy Collins, The
Funkadelics, New Edition and more. A few of his favorite songs were New Edition - Can You
Stand the Rain?, O’Jays - Stairway to Heaven, DruHill - I Love You and he and his wife's special
song Earth, Wind and Fire - September. His love of fashion was obvious as he consistently
marched to the beat of his own drum, trying new styles and using his experiences traveling in
the military with his wife as inspiration. Having traveled to Germany, France, Denmark, Korea
and all across the United States he was well traveled and well versed.
Whether it's talking about music, or being extremely handy he was always willing to teach.
There was always a project around the house, the yard or one the cars that he was doing and
trying to get his children to help with. His wife Charlene would quickly tell you, “He could not sit
still!” Even when he broke his leg and was on crutches, he continued to coach basketball or at
home not on crutches tearing the sink out and doing other random projects because
complacency was not in his nature for himself or for his family.
Above all things he was fierce about family and loved them even when it seemed like he was
being tough. Even if he was upset with you, no one else was allowed to say a word against you.
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will
find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11: 28-30.
He will be laid to rest at the Dayton National Military Cemetery. A large celebration of life will be
held at a future date once Covid-19 has subsided.