A celebration service honoring and remembering the life of Mark David Hammett was Thursday, March 24, 2016 at First United Methodist Church. His nephew, Pastor Matt Archer and Dr. Ray Crawford shared words of comfort. Mark was laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery. He passed away at his Claremore home on Monday, March 21, 2016, at the age of 56.
Born Dec. 26, 1959 in Claremore, Okla., Mark was one of five children born to James Bevis and LaNelle (Elam) Hammett. He grew up and received his education in Claremore. He graduated from Claremore High School with the class of 1978. He attended Rogers State University but his career experiences came from growing up as the son of successful restaurant owners. The Hammett House Restaurant was Mark's first place of employment as a teen. And he never had to look for a job after that. With many of his mother's recipes committed to memory and much on the job training, Mark, along with his brother Jim eventually owned and operated the family business. The brothers were fortunate to have their sister, Mary, at the front door welcoming guests that frequented the highly regarded establishment.
When the restaurant was sold, Mark continued to work in food service, this time as a food service manager for the Claremore Veterans Center. He has been the cornerstone of that facility's food service department since it opened in 1988. Though he never served his country in the military, he embraced the opportunity to be of service to his friends and heroes who were the residents of the center.
Mark was a man who devoted himself to each task at hand. And his work was no exception. Though the restaurant had hundreds of customers, he knew most of them by name. And while at the veteran's center, with its three hundred plus residents, he chose to become acquainted with each. His philosophy was that they may have little control over some areas of their life, but they certainly should be able to choose their favorite meals. If a steak was requested, Mark prepared it as ordered.
Not only did his position at the veteran's center bring multitudes of rich friendships; but, it also brought an introduction to best friend and wife, Amy. With both working at the center they met and began a life together beginning with their marriage on Sept. 26, 2008 in Springdale, Ark. Claremore has been their home ever since.
Mark's devotion to his wife, his family, his friends and his work enriched others in countless ways. His sense-of-humor kept a smile on not only his own face, but also on all who knew him. He was loving, caring and compassionate. A void will be left in the hearts and lives of each one he touched.
He is survived by his wife, Amy of the home; siblings Susan Hammett Krackov, Jamelle "Jai" Hammett Archer and Beth, Skip and David Yates; numerous nieces and nephews; Amy's parents, Sharon and Don Capsey; Amy's sister and brother-in-law, Alison and Brian Farris, and Amy's brother, Christopher Capsey; and his faithful furry "kids", his labs, Oliver and Daisy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James B. Hammett and LaNelle Hammett Yates; his brother, Jim and sister, Mary and nephew Trevor Hamilton; brothers-in-law, Tuck Archer & Larry Krackov.
Published on March 24, 2016