Mark Robert Heath, age 65, of Portland, Badge 714, passed away Tuesday evening Sept. 17, 2019, in Muncie at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital.

He was born July 10, 1954, the son of Robert and Eileen (Hunsburger) Heath. He was married May 16, 1998, to Stephanie Whiles, who survives.

He retired in 2010 from the Portland Police Department after 30 years. He had served as assistant police chief, a member of the Drug Task Force and a firearms instructor. 

He was a 1973 Portland High School graduate and 1977 Vincennes University graduate. He was a member of F.O.P., Asbury United Methodist Church and Portland Elks Lodge. He was an owner and breeder of several harness race horses and was active in shooting sports, hunting and fishing.

Surviving are his wife Stephanie; one son, Spencer Baker of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; two daughters, Shalee Myron (husband: John) of Pennville and Abigale Heath of Portland; two brothers, David Heath (wife: Tracy) of Portland and Brad Heath (wife: Tari) of Lebanon, Ohio; two grandchildren, Collin and Alyse Myron; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, at 1 p.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church with Pastor Allison Yankey presiding. Burial will follow in Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 1 p.m. at the church. 

Memorials can be made to Jay County Cancer Society.

Baird-Freeman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

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