Mark Kent Lumley

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Mark Kent Lumley “Coach Lum”, retired Baylor Softball Coach, passed away after a long battle with cancer Sunday, December 27, 2020.

Celebration of Life: 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 30, at Meadowbrook Baptist Church, 1207 N. Old Robinson Rd., in Robinson with Dr. Cary Killough officiating

Mark Kent Lumley (Coach Lum), retired Baylor University Softball Coach, passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer on December 27, 2020. A Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday, December 30 at 11am at Meadowbrook Baptist Church. Dr. Cary Killough will officiate.

Due to COVID-19 limited seating is available. Everyone is required to wear a mask while inside the church building and social distancing must be observed. For those who are unable to attend may view the service on the church’s website at https://www.meadowbrookbc.org/live or may be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/MeadowbrookBaptistChurch and on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/meadowbrookbaptistchurch

Mark was born November 21, 1955 in Ironton, Ohio. As a child, he moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where he grew up and graduated from Central High School. During his childhood, he was blessed by a loving couple, Bob and Linda Wise, who he aspired to grow up and be like because Bob was an amazing coach with a beautiful wife. Coach Wise made a tremendous impact on Mark and his best friends: Jim Morley, Pat McCormick and Don Beaudry. After high school, he moved to Tucson, where he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Arizona.

Coaching became his life. Coach Lum spent 13 years teaching and coaching at Flowing Wells High School in Tucson, Arizona, where he led the softball team to state in 1993 and 1997. He coached the Caballeros to a No. 5 final national ranking by USA Today in 1997. He was named the 1998 Arizona Coaches Association Coach of the Year. In 2014, he was inducted into the Flowing Wells High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

In 1998, Coach Glenn Moore brought Lumley to LSU to coach alongside him. In two seasons, Lum guided his hitters to a final ranking of 21st in the NCAA in 1999 and No. 8 in 2000.

Lumley came to Baylor in 2000, with Coach Moore. In his 20-year career assisting Moore with the Baylor Softball team, he made four world series appearances, coached many All-Americans, and traveled around the world with FCA on numerous mission trips. As Lum would say, “I am living the dream.”

In 2005 and 2006, Lumley was recognized for his outstanding work by USA Softball. As assistant coach with Team USA, he helped lead the team to a gold medal at the 2006 World University Games.

With all his coaching accomplishments, Lum’s proudest moments in life were when students accepted Christ into their lives. He led hundreds of young people to the Lord. He knew that ultimately that was how his time on earth should be spent so that he would see them again in heaven one day.

On December 28, 2012, Mark married the love of his life, Stacey, and gained three sons. Their family is actively involved at Meadowbrook Baptist Church in Robinson.

Mark was preceded in death by his mother, Crystal Arnold, three brothers, three sisters and father-in-law, Jimmy Fielding.

Lum leaves behind his loving wife, Stacey; sons, Mason and DJ of Robinson, Trey and wife, Emily, of Ramstein, Germany; mothers in-law, Rhonda Fielding and Ginger Tindell of Waco; father in-law, Stan Tindell of Waco; numerous sister in-laws, brother in-laws, nieces and nephews, including his closest nephew, Mike Arnold and wife Debbie, of Windham, Maine. He also leaves behind his Baylor University family, including his best friends and brother and sister in Christ, Glenn Moore and Britni Newman.

A special thank you to Pam Lumley for staying by Mark’s side through each battle with cancer.

Memorial donations may be made to Community Healthcare of Texas (Providence Hospice), Baylor University Softball or Meadowbrook Baptist Church.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Sharron K Blakney

    Psalm 34:18
    The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit
    Yes and Amen❣
    Keep sweet memories, let go of sorrows,
    and always remember you all will be together again. ❣& 🙏🏼
    Sharron Blakney

  2. James Bourg and Paul Leeper were to very close friends of Lum. We will keep in in our prayers We will
    miss him a lot and have a lot of memories of him when we came to baylor to a Baylor softball tournments.

  3. Robert and Linda Wise

    How do you say Goodbye…let’s say we will see you soon…God is so good and has Blessed us with a life time of Friendship. Mark was a special person..will always be in our hearts!

  4. Laura Miller and the MBC VBS Team

    Stacey,

    We are so saddened to hear of Mark’s passing. We know he is healthy and well in the kingdom of heaven. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers!

    With Love,
    Laura Miller and the MBC VBS Team

  5. Terry Elaine and Kendall Cross

    It’s been such a pleasure to know Coach Lum. He will always be remembered for his little grin and chuckle sense of humor but mostly remembered for his kindness and faithfulness. God has gained a wonderful angel. You will be missed Lum. We love you!
    Terry, Elaine and Kendall Cross.

  6. Mark has left me with many wonderful memories. I will
    Cherish our times together and no one could love their Brother in law any more than me. He leaves a huge void in my life and so many others. What
    Wonderful testaments as a Christian he leaves behind!
    I will miss him! Love you Stacey and boys!

  7. Armando, Elsa, Rebekah, Armando, & Katy Quiroz

    Coach Lum;
    Thank you for impacting my life & that of my family. I have a million great memories which I will treasure forever. You are indeed 1 in a 1,000,000. I will never know a man who always put others ahead of himself. So happy you are now living in the Kingdom of God. We never deserved you but we sure did love you. May God Bless your Family. “EXPECT TO WIN”
    ✝️❤️💔🙏🥎🎓🇺🇸

  8. Lum:
    Thank you for making one of the biggest impacts on my life and my career. You and Glenn mentored me and impacted more than any other human being on this planet. I hope I am as impactful, courageous, strong, and living life to the fullest everyday like you did. You are an amazing example of what someone can accomplish in such an short time here. I’ll never forget you and look forward to seeing you in Heaven again someday. Love ya Homey.
    Love – Dog

  9. Rick and Debbie Fielding

    We are so sorry for your Loss! Mark is in a Better place now and we Know he is no Longer suffering. We will keep You and Family in our thoughts and Prayers!

    With Love,
    Rick and Debbie Fielding and Family!

  10. What a blessing Mark was to so many people, including me, as I helped care for him in his last weeks. I thank Stacey and family for the honor of allowing me, and the entire Providence Hospice team to assist in preparing him for his final journey home. I will always remember his beautiful prayers.
    Respectfully,
    Kathy Davis

  11. What a gift our fish dinner date was where I got to meet Mark! I loved how he lit up talking about how he and Stacy met and how God led him along his coaching journey. Great love is a true inspiration and it is an honor to have had these moments. My heart goes out to you. You have a large C family awaiting the days ahead where we can throw arms around each other and Stretch together❣️
    Many Many hugs and Beans,
    Kristen Lovey

  12. Tom and Lana Waden

    To The Mark Lumley Family,
    OUr thoughts and prayers are with the Lumley family at this time. Coach Lum was a man of many things to cherish and remember. May he RIP!

  13. A great friend and coach! He blessed all who knew him.

  14. To the Lumley family,

    I was reading an article regarding recent passing and was directed to the obituary for Mark. It was really well written and shows he was a fine man.
    I did not know him.

    My wife and I are dealing with the recent passing of her mother and it is not easy.

    Mal Haley
    Esperance
    Western Australia

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