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  1. I’m so sorry for your loss. I knew Mark as a great person. Always ready to make someone laugh or to say a kind word. God bless you and Mark.

  2. A great loss for all of Eastern NC. Marco made all of us feel like he was your best friend. A true and genuine person. Oh, a great DJ too. You will be missed my friend.

  3. I was so shocked to get the message this evening from my brother about this tragic event. My prayers are with my cousins and especially Stevie.

    All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. This is certainly tragic. Having lost close relatives similarly I want to encourage his family to take one minute at a time. Let the tears fall for they will water the memories which will live on forever.

  5. I’ve known Mark for over 25 years. He was a funny,caring, kind and loving soul. We will miss him dearly. May God comfort you and bring you peace durning this time.

  6. Mark was so full of laughter, smiles and joy making all his friends feel better no matter the high school situation. Mark was quite the radio jockey in high school and would keep us in tears with his own version of any song that played. He was always up for a road trip after school frequenting the 7-11 or burger joint for a tide-me-over with friends before practice or games. He entertained the whole time!

  7. I am so very sad and sorry for your loss. Marko was an awesome guy and his laugh still remains in my heart and mind.
    I will miss him and the OBX will never be the same without him.
    Godspeed my friend.

  8. Loss of an Icon. My forever radio travel partner all those years of commuting from OBX to E.city. You made me laugh, your voice was comfort. I’ll miss you. Hugs to your loved ones. Rest in peace you big cuddly man🫂😽☮️

  9. Stevie you have to know Mark loved you and we would often speak of you off air. So, Cynthia and I share our condolences at the sadness you must be feeling, God bless you.

  10. Mark was my friend. He taught me a lot about radio, and radio production. I often kidded him about being a NC State fan. Prayer to his family, that includes his radio family and his radio fans. I will never forget you Mark!

  11. The family of Mark would like to thank. Rick Loesch, owner of East Carolina Radio, and his staff at 102.5 the Shark. All of you are the reasons Mark loved his job and considered you his “extended family”. Thanks also to all the supporters of “Marko in the Morning”

  12. Marco was a wonderful disc jockey. No one could ever replace him….his forgotten 45 and tough trivia were so much fun. But musical Bingo was his ultimate achievement .He was one of a kind and my heart is broken because he had so much to offer and will be missed terribly by his devoted fans. Love Nancy D from Kill Devil Hills

  13. Words,cannot say my sadness , I grew up with Mark and we had alot of good times. He always wanted to be a disc jockey. He made a great one and will never be forgotten. I’m sorry mrs stevie .You will always be on the air and always in memory.

  14. No one will ever replace Marco. He was one of a kind. I loved musical bingo at Jolly Roger and his tough trivia question every morning. And his forgotten 45 was wonderful. He was such a likeable person and will be missed terribly. I will never forget him. Nancy D’Andrade

  15. No one will ever replace Marco. He was one of a kind. I loved musical bingo at Jolly Roger and his tough trivia question every morning. And his forgotten 45 was wonderful. He was such a likeable person and will be missed terribly. I will never forget him.

  16. He was someone people looked upto. He was loved by a lot of people. My husband and him worked on a lot of Parotthead functions. May God be with his family.

  17. Prayers for the family and friends of Mark. He truly was a once in a lifetime person you would meet that could make you smile and treated you with such kindness. His laughter was contagious. He is DJ skills out of this world. I am blessed to have meet Mark and will never forget him. Until we meet again my friend ❤️

  18. I am so very sorry for the loss of a great friend. I had the best time with Mark always. God bless his family and friends who are struggling now.

  19. Mark was one of the nicest, most genuine people I worked with in 47 years of radio. We kept in touch regularly. I never thought that the last time I spoke with Marko… a couple weeks ago when he was in the hospital, would be the last time. You were so looking forward to getting back behind the mic. R.I.P. my friend. You’re already greatly missed by many.

  20. I’m shocked at the loss of a great guy! I was the Public Affairs Manager at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City for almost 6 years. My radio was always tuned to the Shark, as I not only loved their music, but loved Hearing Mark there as well. He was always a positive man, and I enjoyed seeing him at all the live events he hosted all through the area. I now live outside of Pittsburgh, but I get down in the area often, and i always tune in to hear what Mark is up to. He will be sorely missed by so many people, and I am proud to have called him my friend.

  21. Marco was such a sweet, friendly, fun loving guy. He always made you feel at ease if you were nervous. I enjoyed listening to him and will miss his wit, his laugh, and his great personality.

  22. I’m so sorry for this loss to his family and many friends. Mark was always warm and generous with his time and talents. He will be missed.

  23. I am so sorry for your loss.
    I always loved listening to him on the radio. I will miss his voice, his laughter,
    and seeing him at events. I am so sad.
    Sending love & prayers to his Family.

  24. Stevie, Wayne, Chris, Faye and Patricia: I was so saddened when I learned your loved one was the person tragically killed last week in the accident on the shortcut. My heart hurts for each of you. Sending hugs and saying prayers for peace and comfort.

  25. I live in Washington, NC. For many years I listened to “Marko in the morning” and really enjoyed his show. His one of a kind voice and radio wit made my mornings great. I met him in July 2017 at Jimmy’s Seafood Restaurant when he was doing a live remote there. I was blown away, not what I ever expected. But it was a highlight of my OBX vacation. He was very polite and took the time to speak with me. He will be greatly missed and mornings will never be the same. You and the rest of his family are in our prayers. He gained his wings and has flown to Heaven but he will never be forgotten and “Marko in the mornings” will never be the same. May God bless your family.

  26. Truly heart breaking. He and my father were great friends. Give pops a big ol
    smooch for us Marky Mark! Miss you friend!

  27. Stevie, i never knew Mark was your son, and you may not remember me its been a long time since we have seen each other. I was heartbroken to here of his horrible accident. I pray that your sorrow will soon be replaced with a smile someday when you think of his great since of humor. Tracey , formally of Pasquotank animal hospital

  28. Miss Stevie,
    I’m sending you warm thoughts and prayers. Marko was a great friend who we loved very much. He will be missed and always thought of fondly.

  29. I first met Mark around 1982 when I was working for WKJX in Elizabeth City. We actually lived together for a short time and were very compatible roommates. We were reunited when I took a job at East Carolina Radio and we picked up as if no time had passed. We shared so many laughs together and we were always there to help each other when we needed it. They just don’t come any better than Marko. I love him and will miss him dearly. I send loving and healing vibes to the Johnston family. You raised one of the best…

  30. Stevie,
    My heart is breaking for you over this tragic loss. I will never forget this sweet soul. My prayers are with you and your family.

  31. Wow I lived in NJ but vacationed in the Outer Banks for the last four years. It was the. That I was introduced to his radio station 102.5 The Shark
    Loved the music and his voice so sad that he is now gone . Rest in peace Marco may you enjoy glorious mornings eternally!

  32. My sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Mark St. John. He is a one of a kind guy. One of the funniest and happiest people I ever had the pleasure of being around. My best and favorite “good ole days” include Mark and Andrew. I always smile when I think about their laughter and jokes. He will be missed so much by many.

  33. I’m so sorry to hear about his passing. The first time I met Mark was almost a year ago and he pulled up and parked on the sidewalk and need help with his phone. He was truly a kind person and was a joy to help and work with. I hope that his family finds peace in the loss of a great person.

  34. My prayers go out to Marko’s family and friends he will be truly miss by all. My ten year old grandson, Logan would call Marko in the morning on his way to school. And ask Marko to play a Beach Boy song for him. And sometimes Marko would say Logan’s name over the radio as who ask for the song. That would make his day to hear his name on the radio. It is simple things like that makes Marko a fan favorite DJ. A Beach Boy song that comes to mind that might being fitting for Marko – I Get Around.

  35. This has been a difficult time for all, as Mark and I generally spoke about Voice Tracking on WOBR on the weekdays. I hope the family and friends can find peace.

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Mark H. Johnston

September 1, 2022

Nags Head- Mark H. Johnston died tragically in Currituck County September 1, 2022 at the age of 57. He was born in Norfolk, VA May 28,1965 and was preceded in death by his father Earl H. Johnston.

Mark or “Marco” or “Mark St. John” as he was lovingly known throughout the Outer Banks, was a popular and well-known local radio personality for years. He was a morning talk radio host on 102.5 “The Shark” and hosted “Marco In The Morning.”  Marco’s smooth voice and jovial personality interconnected the local beach communities in countless ways over the span of his career.

Mark is survived by his mother, Rosa “Stevie” Leary Northwood of Elizabeth City, NC; two uncles, Wayne Leary (wife, Fay); and Christopher Leary (wife, Patricia) all of Shawboro, NC; other relatives; his radio family; and countless friends.

The family will honor Marco’s preference for cremation. A private memorial gathering will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, Marco’s family gratefully suggests that memorial donations in his honor be made directly to Interfaith Community Outreach (ICO) PO Box 1663 Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948 or at www.interfaithoutreach.com.   Please share condolences with the family via the online register at www.gallopfuneralservices.com. Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.

Condolences

Tina Blackburn Burris

I’m so sorry for your loss. I knew Mark as a great person. Always ready to make someone laugh or to say a kind word. God bless you and Mark.

Tim Albert

A great loss for all of Eastern NC. Marco made all of us feel like he was your best friend. A true and genuine person. Oh, a great DJ too. You will be missed my friend.

Edie Meiggs Wombolt

I was so shocked to get the message this evening from my brother about this tragic event. My prayers are with my cousins and especially Stevie. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Tina Phronjia Bradley

This is certainly tragic. Having lost close relatives similarly I want to encourage his family to take one minute at a time. Let the tears fall for they will water the memories which will live on forever.

Roy and Jennifer Heath

I've known Mark for over 25 years. He was a funny,caring, kind and loving soul. We will miss him dearly. May God comfort you and bring you peace durning this time.

lawrence

Mark was so full of laughter, smiles and joy making all his friends feel better no matter the high school situation. Mark was quite the radio jockey in high school and would keep us in tears with his own version of any song that played. He was always up for a road trip after school frequenting the 7-11 or burger joint for a tide-me-over with friends before practice or games. He entertained the whole time!

Johni Baird

I am so very sad and sorry for your loss. Marko was an awesome guy and his laugh still remains in my heart and mind. I will miss him and the OBX will never be the same without him. Godspeed my friend.

Sarah Wagoner

Loss of an Icon. My forever radio travel partner all those years of commuting from OBX to E.city. You made me laugh, your voice was comfort. I'll miss you. Hugs to your loved ones. Rest in peace you big cuddly man🫂😽☮️

Nick & Cynthia Artis

Stevie you have to know Mark loved you and we would often speak of you off air. So, Cynthia and I share our condolences at the sadness you must be feeling, God bless you.

C. P. "Buster" Nunemaker, III

Mark was my friend. He taught me a lot about radio, and radio production. I often kidded him about being a NC State fan. Prayer to his family, that includes his radio family and his radio fans. I will never forget you Mark!

Tom Charity

So long Mark.you had a great run. WS an honor to be your colleague and friend.Tom Charity

Wayne Leary

The family of Mark would like to thank. Rick Loesch, owner of East Carolina Radio, and his staff at 102.5 the Shark. All of you are the reasons Mark loved his job and considered you his “extended family”. Thanks also to all the supporters of “Marko in the Morning”

Nancy D'Andrade

Marco was a wonderful disc jockey. No one could ever replace him....his forgotten 45 and tough trivia were so much fun. But musical Bingo was his ultimate achievement .He was one of a kind and my heart is broken because he had so much to offer and will be missed terribly by his devoted fans. Love Nancy D from Kill Devil Hills

Robbie and Ashley Barnes

Words,cannot say my sadness , I grew up with Mark and we had alot of good times. He always wanted to be a disc jockey. He made a great one and will never be forgotten. I'm sorry mrs stevie .You will always be on the air and always in memory.

Nancy D'Andrade

No one will ever replace Marco. He was one of a kind. I loved musical bingo at Jolly Roger and his tough trivia question every morning. And his forgotten 45 was wonderful. He was such a likeable person and will be missed terribly. I will never forget him. Nancy D'Andrade

Nancy D'Andrade

No one will ever replace Marco. He was one of a kind. I loved musical bingo at Jolly Roger and his tough trivia question every morning. And his forgotten 45 was wonderful. He was such a likeable person and will be missed terribly. I will never forget him.

Linda and Sterling Sadler

He was someone people looked upto. He was loved by a lot of people. My husband and him worked on a lot of Parotthead functions. May God be with his family.

Lisa Lovelace

Prayers for the family and friends of Mark. He truly was a once in a lifetime person you would meet that could make you smile and treated you with such kindness. His laughter was contagious. He is DJ skills out of this world. I am blessed to have meet Mark and will never forget him. Until we meet again my friend ❤️

Diane Bennett

I am so very sorry for the loss of a great friend. I had the best time with Mark always. God bless his family and friends who are struggling now.

Ed Histed

Mark was one of the nicest, most genuine people I worked with in 47 years of radio. We kept in touch regularly. I never thought that the last time I spoke with Marko... a couple weeks ago when he was in the hospital, would be the last time. You were so looking forward to getting back behind the mic. R.I.P. my friend. You're already greatly missed by many.

Thom Spagnol

I’m shocked at the loss of a great guy! I was the Public Affairs Manager at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City for almost 6 years. My radio was always tuned to the Shark, as I not only loved their music, but loved Hearing Mark there as well. He was always a positive man, and I enjoyed seeing him at all the live events he hosted all through the area. I now live outside of Pittsburgh, but I get down in the area often, and i always tune in to hear what Mark is up to. He will be sorely missed by so many people, and I am proud to have called him my friend.

Holly

Be at peace my friend.

Barbara Minter

Marco was such a sweet, friendly, fun loving guy. He always made you feel at ease if you were nervous. I enjoyed listening to him and will miss his wit, his laugh, and his great personality.

Monica Thibodeau

I’m so sorry for this loss to his family and many friends. Mark was always warm and generous with his time and talents. He will be missed.

Mary Lanham

Stevie and family, so very sorry for your loss. Mark will be missed by so many. Prayers for all!

Victoria Williams

I am so sorry for your loss. I always loved listening to him on the radio. I will miss his voice, his laughter, and seeing him at events. I am so sad. Sending love & prayers to his Family.

Debra Sanderlin Williams

Stevie, Wayne, Chris, Faye and Patricia: I was so saddened when I learned your loved one was the person tragically killed last week in the accident on the shortcut. My heart hurts for each of you. Sending hugs and saying prayers for peace and comfort.

Brian Rushton

I live in Washington, NC. For many years I listened to “Marko in the morning” and really enjoyed his show. His one of a kind voice and radio wit made my mornings great. I met him in July 2017 at Jimmy’s Seafood Restaurant when he was doing a live remote there. I was blown away, not what I ever expected. But it was a highlight of my OBX vacation. He was very polite and took the time to speak with me. He will be greatly missed and mornings will never be the same. You and the rest of his family are in our prayers. He gained his wings and has flown to Heaven but he will never be forgotten and “Marko in the mornings” will never be the same. May God bless your family.

maria chewning

Truly heart breaking. He and my father were great friends. Give pops a big ol smooch for us Marky Mark! Miss you friend!

Tracey Morgan

Stevie, i never knew Mark was your son, and you may not remember me its been a long time since we have seen each other. I was heartbroken to here of his horrible accident. I pray that your sorrow will soon be replaced with a smile someday when you think of his great since of humor. Tracey , formally of Pasquotank animal hospital

Tracey Morgan

Tracey , formally of pasquotank animal hospital

Lizzie Verbel

Miss Stevie, I’m sending you warm thoughts and prayers. Marko was a great friend who we loved very much. He will be missed and always thought of fondly.

Doug Perry

I first met Mark around 1982 when I was working for WKJX in Elizabeth City. We actually lived together for a short time and were very compatible roommates. We were reunited when I took a job at East Carolina Radio and we picked up as if no time had passed. We shared so many laughs together and we were always there to help each other when we needed it. They just don't come any better than Marko. I love him and will miss him dearly. I send loving and healing vibes to the Johnston family. You raised one of the best...

Courtney J Quillin

Stevie, My heart is breaking for you over this tragic loss. I will never forget this sweet soul. My prayers are with you and your family.

Janet Treier

Wow I lived in NJ but vacationed in the Outer Banks for the last four years. It was the. That I was introduced to his radio station 102.5 The Shark Loved the music and his voice so sad that he is now gone . Rest in peace Marco may you enjoy glorious mornings eternally!

Tonya Byrum

My sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Mark St. John. He is a one of a kind guy. One of the funniest and happiest people I ever had the pleasure of being around. My best and favorite "good ole days" include Mark and Andrew. I always smile when I think about their laughter and jokes. He will be missed so much by many.

Ryan Beck

I'm so sorry to hear about his passing. The first time I met Mark was almost a year ago and he pulled up and parked on the sidewalk and need help with his phone. He was truly a kind person and was a joy to help and work with. I hope that his family finds peace in the loss of a great person.

Travis Simpson

Will forever remember our daily funny encounters and only for you. GO PACK!

Anita Simpson

You are sincerely missed and will forever be in our hearts.

Ron Wayne

My prayers go out to Marko’s family and friends he will be truly miss by all. My ten year old grandson, Logan would call Marko in the morning on his way to school. And ask Marko to play a Beach Boy song for him. And sometimes Marko would say Logan’s name over the radio as who ask for the song. That would make his day to hear his name on the radio. It is simple things like that makes Marko a fan favorite DJ. A Beach Boy song that comes to mind that might being fitting for Marko - I Get Around.

Brent Todd

This has been a difficult time for all, as Mark and I generally spoke about Voice Tracking on WOBR on the weekdays. I hope the family and friends can find peace.