Mark Leon Grams, MD

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Mark Leon Grams, MD

July 16, 1950 - October 03, 2018

Mark Leon Grams, MD ELFRIDA, Ariz. - Mark Leon Grams was born in Glencoe, McCloud County, Minnesota to Lester Carl Martin Grams and Esther Amanda Marie Klukas Grams on the 16th of July 1950. He was their first and only son. Mark had one sister, Jean Marie Grams Berquist. His parents and sister preceded him in death. The family were active members of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Stewart, Minnesota. Mark graduated from Stewart High School in 1968, attended Mankato State College, and went on to graduate from Creighton University School of Medicine in 1975.
Mark was 68 years, 2 months and 18 days old when he passed away on 3 October 2018 at his ranch in Elfrida. He had been in and out of the hospital during the summer with heart and kidney issues. In August, assisted by hospice and several caregivers, he was finally able to return to his ranch where he wanted to spend his final days. He enjoyed the ranch and being able to see the legacy of his work in his orchard, his grape vines, gardens, pond and alfalfa field.
Being able to go home he was able to see all the steers, horses, chickens, the rooster, his cats, Jinx and Grits, and the family dogs. Especially his best companion, Belle Boyd, his loyal and faithful dog. Mark's life was always busy and full following his 30 plus year profession as an Emergency Medicine physician. He helped countless people. Mark was named one of Phoenix, Arizona's Top Emergency Medicine Doctors. Mark and his wife, Janet Weatherholt Grams, had also been foster parents to over 20 medically challenged children over several years. He was a loving and giving son, brother, husband, step-father and friend. He had a passion for planes, trains and automobiles that developed at an early age. He earned his pilots license and he enjoyed buying and selling cars. Lots of cars! Mark Leon Grams was a gentleman with a kind soul who loved life, people, animals and nature. Mark was loved and well respected by all who knew him.
Mark's often spoke of the respect he had for the elderly physician gentleman who was his cadaver in medical school. He said he learned so much from him that he too wanted to help a medical student learn as he had. Mark graciously donated his body to the University of Arizona Medical School Willed Body Program in Tucson. A memorial service is planned at the conclusion of his donation. Mark suggested that donations could be made in his memory to the Tombstone Small Animal Shelter in Tombstone, Arizona or the Elfrida Public Library in Elfrida. He will be missed by many who's lives he touched.
Published on October 20, 2018
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