Mark’s Legacy of Light

Mentors International is mourning the loss of our beloved CEO and President, Mark L. Petersen. After a brave battle with cancer, he was called back home to his Father in Heaven. Mark passed away May 29th at 11:00 am. He died surrounded by his family. He was very calm and peaceful as he passed.

His family has asked that in lieu of flowers, that a gift be made in Mark’s name to Mentors International. (See below.) Read his obituary. 


Mark served as the CEO and President of Mentors International for over 10 years. He lovingly mentored, guided, and directed this organization and brought it to where it is today, a beacon of hope in the countries that we serve.

Mark loved Mentors International and was dedicated to the mission of helping others become self-reliant. He knew many of our clients by name and he genuinely cared for each of them. Not only did he care about our clients, he cared for the staff and mentors that worked with him.

As the Mentors International Staff and Board, we are very grateful that we have been mentored, inspired, taught, and led by such a great man. Mark has passed on his light and torch to us and we will carry on his legacy of shining our light for others, and helping to give hope to the world’s poor.

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