Longtime Texas State University spokesman and journalist Mark Steven Hendricks died Jan. 3 in San Marcos from complications related to diabetes. He was 63.
Hendricks’ colorful academic career eventually brought him full circle to serve as spokesman for the university that awarded him a journalism degree in 1981.
He worked for 25 years at Texas State after stints as an editor at the Laredo Times and as a city and news reporter for the San Marcos Daily Record.
Diana Finlay Hendricks, Mark’s wife of more than 12 years, remembered him as a man who got way too much enjoyment out of higher education.
“It would only fit that he would wind up in San Marcos with a 25-year career as the director of the University News Service and the spokesman for the university,” she said. “When people asked me what my husband did, I said he worked for the university, and when news breaks, he fixes it.”
She said Mark spent years in the trenches covering news and sports, then moved to a different set of trenches handling crises at Texas State.
“When controversial things happened, he was the one who stepped up to explain,” she said.
Hendricks was born in Spokane, Wash., on June 10, 1953, and grew up in or near military bases where his father, U.S. Marine Corps Col. Clayton V. Hendricks, was stationed.
As the son of an officer, Mark always understood the value of service to his community and to other people, Diana Hendricks said.
No matter how controversial an issue, or how difficult a situation became, she said Mark always strove to lead with compassion — a lesson he made sure to pass on to his children and young journalists taking up the craft at Texas State.
“His ultimate love was writing,” Diana said. “If he wasn’t writing something for the university, he was writing something for himself or me or for that circle of friends.”
Family and friends have created a memorial website to share stories about Hendricks and links some of his work at markhendrickstribute.com.
A celebration of Hendricks’ life is scheduled for Jan. 22 at the Texas State University End Zone Complex at Bobcat Stadium, 1100 Aquarena Springs Drive, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.