It is with great sadness that the Classic Company announces the death of its long-time Official Charleston Summer Classic Veterinarian, Dr. John Anthony Malark of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Dr. Malark passed away Sunday, September 6, 2015 with his family by his side.
He was born on December 6, 1958 in Providence, Rhode Island to Barbara Sisto Malark and Morris D. Malark. John graduated from Hope High School and completed his undergraduate and graduate work at Michigan State University. In addition, he completed a large animal internship at the University of Georgia and a surgical residency at the University of Florida. He was a member of Christ Our King Catholic Church.
John was the owner of Edisto Equine Clinic and was the only board certified equine surgeon in the state of South Carolina. He was a very devoted husband, father, son and friend. John had a very large presence and acted as a mentor to many. He was often seen and heard on the sports field coaching, supporting and guiding many children, including his own. John was a devoted sports enthusiast, and especially loved his Michigan State Spartans. His family and friends remember him as a generous leader with his time, talents and treasures. He will be deeply missed by the equine community for his dedication to his clientele and patients.
"John supported the Classic Company from the very first shows in Charleston. He will be greatly missed by all of us and our deepest condolences go out to his family," commented Bob Bell, President of Classic Company.
He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Dr. Carmela M. (Chmielewicz) Malark, of Mt. Pleasant, SC; Son, Connor James Malark and Daughter, Cara Nicole Malark, both of Mt. Pleasant, SC; Parents, Barbara and Morris Malark, of North Providence, RI; Brother, Steven Anthony (Gail) Malark, of North Providence, RI; Sister, Mariann (Joseph) Rachko, of North Providence, RI; nephew, Jared Rachko, of North Providence, RI; and many loving cousins and friends.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, 1520 Rifle Range Road, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina 29464. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held at Christ Our King Catholic Church on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 10:30 AM and burial will follow in the Mt. Pleasant Memorial Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made in his honor to the Charleston Animal Society, 2455 Remount Rd, North Charleston, SC 29406, and American Association of Equine Practitioners. Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at www.McAlister-Smith.com.