Mark Thomas Dorau died from Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) on Oct. 31, 2019, at West Park Neurology & Rehab Care Facility in Cleveland, Ohio. He was 54.

He was born Oct. 6, 1965, to Kathryn DeJak and Laurence Dorau in Selma, Ala.

Mark gravitated to the underdog, sensitive to those with similar struggles. He had a “big personality,” big dreams and big ideas. Mark’s journey included a variety of jobs, dabbling as a waiter, scuba dive instructor, assembly line worker, business owner, and chef, to name a few. He loved music, was an avid reader, loved to cook, loved to eat, loved his family, loved a good practical joke, and above all else, he loved his pets. Mark was quick to trust and befriend, giving family and friends fun and colorful nicknames along the way.

The effect of this cruel disease stole his essence. We lost our Mark long ago.

Mark is survived by many friends and family. A special thank you to Uncle David for opening his home to Mark for many years, without hesitation. Thank you to the caring staff at West Park Neurology & Rehab.

For our “Moose,” our “Sparky,” please consider a donation to Frontotemporal Dementia research, http://www.theaftd.org.

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