On June 18th, 2022, Mark Russell Babin entered into the arms of his Heavenly Father at age 27. Mark was born on May 21st, 1995 in Walnut Creek, California. By 1997, he and his family had returned to Baton Rouge, their hometown, where Mark would spend his life.
Mark was an exceptionally gifted person. From a young age, it was clear he had an incredible intellect, determination, and a bold spirit. As he grew into an adult, he honed his gifts. He was a classical pianist, and could perform the technically challenging Nocturnes of Chopin or Sonatas of Mozart upon request. He had “perfect pitch” so perfect, he could tell you your motor boat was humming at a B flat. He was a skilled percussionist in the orchestra pit or at the drum kit and played in jazz bands, concert bands, marching bands and rock bands. He loved classic rock music, often saying he was born 40 years too late. He also loved modern “jam bands,” especially in a live settings. He played in several rock bands in his life, most recently with the Baton Rouge group “One-Trick Pony.” Everyone can enjoy the sound of his drums with them on Spotify.
To say he excelled in his schooling is an understatement. He graduated Catholic High School of Baton Rouge with the honor of Valedictorian, plus a National Merit Scholarship and full ride to college. He achieved the rank of Eagle in the Boy Scouts of America. He attended Louisiana State University where he received a degree in Electrical Engineering and performed in the drumline of LSU’s beloved Golden Band from Tigerland.
Following graduation, he found employment as an Automation Control Systems Engineer at Emerson. He most recently was temporarily assigned in Safety Instrument Systems at the Pennsylvania Chemicals Project near Pittsburgh. His colleagues remember him as reliable, eager to accept responsibility, and constantly striving for excellence. Outside of his music and his career he loved his family, video games, fitness, nutrition, cooking, politics and investment. He was a very sensitive soul, something that was most evident in his interactions with his cats and his dear mother. He will be remembered for the profound love he held for his immediate and extended family.
Mark was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Ben Roumain Babin and Bertha Bergeron Babin, and his maternal grandmother, Mary Alice Fontenot. He is survived by his parents Russell Anthony Babin and Paula Fontenot Babin, his maternal grandfather Leonard Glynn Fontenot, his brothers Kyle Babin (Sydney) and Daniel Babin, and his many dear cousins, aunts, uncles, and nephew Bennett.
An evening visitation will be held at Resthaven on Thursday June 30th, from 5 to 8pm. On Friday July 1st visitation will begin at St. Jude Catholic Church at 9:30am followed by 11:00am Mass of Christian Burial, followed by interment at St. George Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, we request donations to the Baton Rouge Chapter of NAMI, The Bridge Center for Hope, or the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center.