Mark Conrad Shaw, son of Vincent Shaw and Agnes Dubois was born on August 12, 1963 in California. His mother and step-father moved around quite a bit in Mark’s early years, living in California, Minnesota and South Dakota. At age 10, Mark moved to the Spirit Lake Nation to be closer to members of the Shaw family. He attended school at Fort Totten and reconnected with family and made new friends.
Mark lived and worked in the area and also worked in Grand Forks ND for a time as a welder. He and Sherry Guy were parents to Markkie Shaw and Mark Shaw Jr. After returning to the Fort Totten area, Mark continued to work as a welder, working for Spirit Lake Housing and other work for the Spirit Lake Tribe but after hours he was everyone’s mechanic. He could fix any car or truck. For the past few years, he has made his living as an auto mechanic.
Mark married Tonda Littleghost on July 1, 2016 and they made a life together, working together on their house, yard, gardening, tending flowers, beading and making their house a home inside and out. They were lovingly raising two of their grandchildren Toni Owlboy and Marquel GreyBear. Mark enjoyed rummaging and Thrift Stores and spending time with close family and friends.
Mark was a quiet, humble, private man but he always did his best to provide for his family. We will hold Mark in our hearts forever.
Mark’s loving family include his Dad, Vincent Shaw Sr.; wife Tonda; oldest children Allene (Austin) Belgarde and Alyssa Shaw, children Markkie Shaw and Mark Shaw Jr., step children Kara Shaw, Keisha Shaw (Peter), Vincent Shaw III, Chase Shaw, Myron Lambert Jr., Kaylene Lambert and special step-daughter Karen Lambert; many other grandchildren; siblings Kristy Lohnes, John Lohnes, Benjie Swiftbird, Audie Swiftbird, Carrie St. Pierre, Meda Shaw, Mary Shaw, Mena Shaw, Shobie Shaw and Julius Shaw; many dear nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his mother Agnes Littlewind, son Mark Michael Shaw, brothers Vincent Shaw Jr. and Vincent Shaw, sisters Francine Delorme and Berdine Littleghost, grandparents Lillian and William Shaw and Lily and Alfred Dubois, uncle Andrew Shaw Sr. and many other beloved relatives.
Casket Bearers will be Julius Shaw, Audie Swiftbird, Derrick Dauphinais, Mark Shaw Jr., Vincent Shaw III, Shobie Shaw, Raymond Shaw and Whalen Shaw Sr.
Honorary Bearers are Vincent Shaw Sr., Ardiss Shaw, Whalen and Renita Shaw, Corrine Shaw and family, Rhea and Dwight Smith, Pepper Iron Moccasin, Louis Shaw and family, Ila McKay and family, Cindy Blacklance and family, Pastor Larry Thiele and family, Bernadine Littlewind, Helena Littleghost and family, Roberta Littleghost and family Londa Keo and family, Rhonda LIttlewind and family, Brenda Jackson and family, Connie Rainbow and family, Michael “Chaske” Thompson III and family. If we forgot to name anyone, please forgive us, it was not intentional.
A Wake for Mark will be held on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at the Fort Totten Recreation Center beginning at 5:00 p.m. with a time of prayer and remembrance at 7:00 pm. The procession to Fort Totten will leave at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday from City Plaza in Devils Lake. The Funeral Service will be on Thursday, August 5th at 10:00 a.m. at the Fort Totten Recreation Center with Reverend Larry Thiele officiating. Burial will be in Raven Hill, St. Thomas Episcopal Cemetery.