VisitationGearty-Delmore Plymouth Chapel
Plymouth, MN 55446
*The video of Mark's service will be available in the afternoon of December 28th.*
MARK A. MYHRA
Mark A. Myhra, a talented youth hockey player who grew into a prominent Minnesota attorney and, most importantly, a devoted family man and Catholic, died on December 18, 2021, in Plymouth, Minnesota. The cause was pancreatic cancer. He was sixty-years old.
Mark was born in Minot, North Dakota, on April 4, 1961, to Don and Marge Myhra. When Mark was still a young boy, his father bought him a pair of figure skates, dyed them black, and sent Mark to an outdoor rink to learn hockey. For the next fifteen years, Mark barnstormed rinks from Winnipeg, Canada, to Washington D.C. as a youth-hockey phenom. Often, his mother—the great hero of his life—stood on the frigid snowbanks watching.
In 1979, Mark arrived in South Bend, Indiana, as a freshman on a Navy ROTC scholarship. There, at Notre Dame, the three pillars of his future life were established. First, under the guidance of Father Richard Conyers, C.J.C., Mark became a committed Catholic. Second, he opted for the Marines over the Navy, ultimately completing the Marine Officers Candidate school at Quantico, Virginia. Third, and most importantly, he met his future wife, Lynn Rukavina. After graduation, Mark served in the Marine Corps for five years as an infantry officer with First Battalion, Seventh Marines. He was honorably discharged as a Captain. On January 2, 1988, six months before his discharge, Mark and Lynn were married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Winona, Minnesota.
Mark attended law school at Loyola University in Chicago. Soon thereafter, Mark and Lynn moved with their growing family to Minnesota. While still a young lawyer, in 1993, Mark co-founded the Greene Espel law firm in Minneapolis. In 2006, Mark moved to Boston Scientific, ultimately rising to Senior Managing Counsel. Both in private practice and as an in-house counsel, Mark was known for his selfless servant leadership. Over his three decades in practice, Mark inspired countless young lawyers to lead with their finest qualities. In 2021, Mark received a lifetime achievement award from Minnesota Lawyer as an Attorney of the Year for Outstanding Contributions to the Profession, an award that received support from across the Minnesota bar.
Mark’s most meaningful contributions were at home, where Mark and Lynn raised their five children: Nicole, John Paul, Paige, Amanda, and Daniel. The family are congregants at Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Wayzata, where Mark was a regular at daily mass and a devoted community member. Mark’s formula for family success was simple: let the children see how much he loved their mother. For Mark, as he would later describe it, the great victory of his life was that he loved Lynn just as much as he did when he first met her.
Mark died at home after a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife and children, six grandchildren, his mother, and his three siblings.
The visitation and viewing will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 26, 2021, at Gearty-Delmore Funeral Chapel at 15800 37th Ave. N., Plymouth, MN, 55446. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 27, 2021, at Holy Name of Jesus Parish located at 155 CR-24, Wayzata, MN 55391. All are welcome to all events. In lieu of flowers or gifts, Mark requested that donations be given to The Retreat Recovery Center in Wayzata. Donations may be made by calling 952-476-0566 or at this link: https://info.theretreat.org/donate-giving-form.
Visitation one hour prior to service.