November 27, 1958 – August 25, 2014
Mark Loren Amundson died unexpectedly this past August 25th in an ATV accident at Sutton Bay, South Dakota. Mark was part of a long family tradition of helping children. As a young boy, Mark got to know some of the kids in the Children’s Home Society (CHS). This organization helps abused and neglected children find a loving family and Mark’s parents would bring kids to their home to spend the holidays together. This left a lasting impression on Mark and he was motivated to assist CHS ever since.
Mark’s profession as a physical therapist in the PGA Tour help him befriend some of the world’s best golfers. He then had the idea to invite these players to come to Sioux Falls and play in a benefit event for the Children’s Home Society. The ‘Orion Classic’ was born in 1996 and has been running annually ever since. Thanks to Mark, this golf challenge has raised about $5 million for the Children’s Home Society. Mark was a visionary man that used his passion for golf to benefit the kids. The ‘Orion Classic’ will continue as his legacy event to help children and families in need.
Mark’s relationship with the Los Cabos Children’s Foundation began in November of 2012 when he and his son, Danny, received a contract to assist in the organization and development of the 2014 Fred Duckett Challenge golf tournament. Their firm, Inside the Ropes, agreed to take on the challenge of weaving into the fabric of a great golf tournament the programs and children in dire need that LCCF served throughout the year. The presence of these children in banners on the tees, in the names of the tournament flights and teams, during the donation challenge and in photos and posters around the meeting areas brought a whole new dimension to the tournament and a genuine profound awareness of the identity and important work of the Foundation. Mark was also a personal supporter and donor to the children of LCCF as well.
On behalf of all at LCCF, it is with a heavy heart we say goodbye to such a genuinely charitable man, who was both a friend and co-worker of the Los Cabo’s Children’s Foundation, the people of South Dakota and the needy children of the world. Thank you Mark and God Speed.
Los Cabos Children’s Foundation