Mark H. Scheffler, Ed.D.

  • Born: November 5, 1946
  • Died: February 3, 2018
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Mark H. Scheffler, age 71, passed away on Saturday, February 3, 2018 after battling Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Mark will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 44 years, Carol Scheffler; son, Brian Scheffler and wife Tracey; sister, Janie Eichholtz and husband Bill; grandchildren, Reese Scheffler, Taylor Walsh, Kennedy Walsh, and Zach Walsh; nieces and nephews, Jeffrey Bailey, Matthew Bailey, Jennifer Self, Chris Bannon, Lance Eichholtz, Kristin Eichholtz, and Ashley Moore; sister-in-law, Mary Bannon and husband Richard; brother-in-law, Robert T. Burns, Jr; Aunt, Jane Scheffler.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Harvey and Nelda Scheffler. Mark was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas.

He graduated from Highlands High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Southwest Texas State University, a Master of Education degree from Our Lady of the Lake University, and a Doctor of Education degree from Texas A&M University. He started his 44-year career in education at South San Antonio ISD. He was a physical science and chemistry teacher, Administrative Assistant, and Dean of Boys of South San Antonio High School. He was the Assistant Principal of South San West Campus. The remainder of his career was spent with North East ISD where he served as Assistant Principal of Robert E. Lee High School, Assistant Director of Pupil Personnel Services, Principal of Theodore Roosevelt High School, Principal of Winston Churchill High School, and Associate Superintendent of Campus Administration and Personnel. After retirement, he joined The Executive Edge Group of Texas, Inc. and conducted training sessions in effective leadership development. To summarize his entire career, one can state that Mark Scheffler always considered what was best for children as the first priority in his decision-making. He enjoyed children and felt they keep one young in spirit and mind. Mark lived his life with the highest level of integrity, had a compassionate heart, and was a mentor to many.

Memorial service will be held on Friday, February 16, 2018, 11:00 a.m., at Alamo Heights United Methodist Church, 825 East Basse Road, San Antonio, Texas 78209, with Pastor Charlie Simons, officiating. A reception will follow the service in the church's Christian Life Center.

Special thanks to Dr. Suneetha Challagundla, Dr. Martin Wiesenthal, Dr. Rebecca Peters, and the Oncology nurses and staff members at the Methodist Hospital-Medical Center for their outstanding medical care, compassion, kindness, and friendship.

Memorial donations in memory of Mark may be made to MD Anderson Cancer Center at, American Cancer Society at, or the Association of Former Students-Texas A&M University at


Condolence & Memory Journal

I was so sorry to hear of Mark's passing. He had a major influence on my life back at South San and I can lay the blame for me going into Chemistry on no one else. Prayers and best wishes.

Posted by Alex Haas - Floresville, TX - Friend   April 24, 2018

I was so saddened to hear of Mark's passing. My deepest sympathy Carol and to your family. He will be missed by many. Loving thoughts, prayers and God's healing love to you Carol and your loved ones.

Posted by Kathy Nix - SAN ANTONIO, TX - Family Friend   February 21, 2018

Mr. Scheffler and I became acquainted through the N.E. Student Council Association. I was the sponsor at Madison H.S. and he was Associate Supt. with Student Council under him. We worked on many projects such as the All District Anti-Drug Rally and many, many meetings with our local student councils and the District and State committees. I learned so much from him and will be forever grateful for all the help he gave us. Everyone who knew him respected and loved him. My prayers go out to the family. God Bless a Great Man and his family.

Posted by Julie Goos - Comal County, TX - Coworker   February 21, 2018

I was saddened to hear of Mark's death. He was a good colleague and friend. He had a good heart and always put children first. My deepest condolences to Carol and family.

Posted by Wessley Robinson - San Antonio, TX - coworker   February 18, 2018

My condolences of your passing,it had been 50 yrs since our last meeting but it was good to see you again at our meeting for lunch with old timers fromHHH, good by my friend , GOD BLESS.

Posted by Lyman Davis - Seguin, TX - Classmate   February 16, 2018

My condolences for your loss, GOD BLESS !

Posted by John Skalbe - San AntonioKm, TX - Classmate   February 16, 2018

Very sorry for your loss he will always be remembered in our memories.

Posted by Cindy Friesenhahn ((Overstreet) - St Hedwig, TX - Friend   February 16, 2018

I was saddened to hear about the passing of Dr. Scheffler he was a wonderful person! Working with him was such a great joy! You will be missed Dr. Scheffler!! My thoughts and prayers are with you Carol and your family.

Posted by Judy Treviño - San Antonio, TX   February 16, 2018

We were principals in the same cluster and had respect for each other. We became part of the the "6th floor" and I appreciated that we could disagree behind closed doors but when the door opened, we respected our positions and did not interfere with what each had to do. He called me "Maw" so he became "Paw." He made a difference for so many people. Carol and Brian suffered along with him all these months and I pray that they will now experience that "peace that passes all understanding." Love you, Mark.

Posted by Shirley Kearns Hormuth - Friend   February 16, 2018

Our deepest condolences on the passing of Mark. We were classmates at Highlands High School and got reacquainted last year at the Highlands lunches that he coordinated. We shall miss him! Our prayers are with his family.

Posted by Joe Aceves - San Antonio, TX - Classmate   February 16, 2018

When I became superintendent in Northside ISD I became acquainted with Mark through Richard Middleton. When I would attend football games at Blossom when a Northside team was playing a Northeast team, I would always get to talk with Mark in the press box. I enjoyed so much my conversations with him, and especially talking about sports and things going on in education. I learned what a knowledgeable person he was, but also what a kind heart and the compassion he had for students. Although I did not work with Mark, I heard so many wonderful things about him as a school administrator. I know he will be missed, but know that I thought a lot of him not only as a school person, but as a kind, compassionate, and concerned person for kids. My prayers and thought are with the family!

Posted by John Folks - San Antonio, TX - Friend   February 15, 2018

Dr. Scheffler was respected by many. My deepest condolences to his family.

Posted by Shawn Hayden - San Antonio, TX - Acquaintance   February 15, 2018

Carol and Family: Please accept our sincere condolences. Harry has many fond memories of attending both Highlands High School and Southwest Texas State University with Mark and later working with him at South San Antonio ISD for several years. We shared some fun times (B.K-before kids) and I was honored to be a part of Carol and Mark's wedding party. We were all proud of Mark's many accomplishments in education and working with him when he was Principal of Churchill HS where are daughters attended. May God comfort you with many happy memories.

Posted by Harry & Amy Jo Baker - San Antonio, TX - Friend   February 15, 2018

My prayers are with your family. Mark was a special person we got to know during his time as a member of the FBI San Antonio Citizens Academy Alumni Association.

Jerry Cowan
Past President

Posted by A friend   February 14, 2018

You were a great principal and will be greatly missed by all who knew tou. Rest in peace with the heavenly angels

Posted by Michelle Dudley allen - Boerne, TX   February 13, 2018

Mark touched more lives than most of us can imagine: students, their parents, teachers and staffs, colleagues and associates. There was never a doubt that his first consideration was always what was best for the students. He held himself to high standards and expected the same of his associates. He was unfailingly supportive though no nonsense in encouraging his colleagues. He will be sorely missed as a mentor and a friend. May God hold him and his family in the palm of His hand.

Posted by Jackie Lipski - Riesel,, TX - Friend   February 13, 2018

My deepest condolences to the family. May Mark RIP.

Posted by Geneva Johnson - San Antonio, TX - Friend   February 12, 2018

Condolences to Dr.Scheffler's family. He was my principal at Churchill High School, class of 1995. He was a cool principal and you could tell he really cared about the students. I would frequently go into his office and chat with him. I would sit down and put my feet up on his desk and ask how his day was. HAHA, who does that & what principal allows that?! I was an athlete and the ladies basketball didn't get much support from the administration which I expressed to him and after that he started showing up to our games! It seemed like Dr Scheffler knew every student at our high school.

Posted by Evy Gonzales    February 12, 2018

Our deepest condolences to the Scheffler family. Mark worked along side my father, James Calhoun, for many years at South San High School. My father thought the world of Mark and enjoyed seeing Mark grow into an outstanding school administrator and leader. My father mentioned to me many times how very proud he was of all that Mark accomplished in his career and in helping so many students across San Antonio reach their full potential. Most of all, my father considered Mark to be a close friend who enjoyed many laughs together. On a personal note, Mark helped me and my family through a very difficult time when my father passed several years ago and I will always remember him for that support. I know my dad and Mark will be enjoying many more laughs together in Heaven.

Posted by John Calhoun - Plano, TX - Family Friend   February 12, 2018

"Our prayers are with Marks family. He touched the lives of so many people."

Posted by David & Denise Philips - Sunrise Beach, TX - Friend   February 12, 2018

My deepest condolences to the family. Dr. Scheffler always said hello and called me by name. I will always remember his kindness. Praying for Carol and her family.

Posted by Tracy Hadden Ort - Rockport, TX   February 12, 2018

My deepest condolences to the family. I was one of the students at South San High when he was there. I always respected him and appreciated that he was one of our teachers. He inspired many. And will be missed.

Posted by Linda Garza - San antonio, TX - Student   February 12, 2018

My deepest condolences to Carol & family. May he RIP.

Posted by Kim Barbosa Lessard - San Antonio, TX   February 11, 2018

Prayers for the family.

Posted by Sharon Root - Pleasanton, TX - Coworker   February 11, 2018


Dr. Scheffler was a great mentor for all and expected us to always be the best we could be. A wonderful and compassionate educator who was such an inspiration to all. Another angel in heaven. May God Bless and be with his family.

Posted by Janice Miller - San Antonio, TX - Coworker   February 11, 2018

I started my first year of teaching with Mark in 1970 when we were new in the profession at South San. I knew him as my principal at Churchill. And I knew him as an Associate Superintendent for NEISD in dealing with district issues. He was always, over those decades, the same congenial and quintessential professional who made me feel good as a teacher, knowing he cared deeply about the students. An exceptional human being!

Posted by Steven Jennings - Spring Branch, TX - Coworker   February 11, 2018

My prayers r with your family. A special prayer for you Carol..from your high school friend

Posted by Diana Garcia Cedillo - San Antonio, TX - Friend   February 11, 2018

My prayers

Posted by Diana Garcia Cedillo - San Antonio, TX - Friend   February 11, 2018

Thanks In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Posted by Jim Terry - Dallas, TX - friend   February 11, 2018

A great friend who I can only thank for the years I knew him. He was a man of of his word.

Posted by Jim Terry - Dallaa, TX - friend   February 11, 2018


You were my first supervisor and I appreciated all your support over the years. You will be greatly missed.

Posted by - coworker   February 11, 2018

The only really cool teacher I had in HS. I enjoyed chemistry class because of him.
My thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones through this difficult time.

Posted by Marie Hurst (Martinez - maiden name) - Houston, TX - Student   February 11, 2018

Mark was more of a friend to many then he even realized.

Posted by Chris Thompson - Windcrest, TX - Coworker   February 11, 2018

Mark was a friend whose smile radiated a room. He was a leader and his thoughts and advice were valued by many. As one would expect, Mark fought his disease valiantly and with determination. Just as in all of his endeavors, Mark was strong. He will be missed. Vaya con Dios.

Posted by Mary Ellen Glaze - San Antonio, TX - Friend   February 11, 2018

Mark fought such a hard battle. May he Rest In Peace. Deepest sympathy to Carol and all of his family.

Posted by Janna Hawkins    February 10, 2018

Mark was one of the greatest men I have ever met. He guided , encouraged, and truly cared for the well being of each student that crossed his path. He will be missed by many and loved by all.

Posted by Majie Takas - San Antonio, TX - Teacher   February 10, 2018

Rest In Peace! Prayers for your family! Sharon Cronkhite

Posted by Sharon Cronkhite - San Antonio, TX - Acquaintance   February 10, 2018

So sad to hear of his passing. He was such a good man I knew him when he was at TR.

Posted by Debbie Fite - San antinio, TX - Acquaintance   February 10, 2018

It was an honor to work with Dr. Scheffler. He was s very kind man who kept children at the forefront of everything. He was generous with his time and offered priceless advise and guidance. I feel blessed to have known him.

I pray the wonderful memories you have of him will bring comfort and understanding. May he Rest In Peace.

Posted by Lisa Noll - San Antonio, TX - Coworker   February 10, 2018

Mark was a leader and mentor to so many. He was generous with his time, and I will never forget that - no matter how busy he was - he always took time to listen, guide, and share his wisdom. May your wonderful memories of him bring you comfort.

Posted by Patti (Castellano) Salzmann - San AnTonio - Coworker   February 10, 2018

A good heart has stopped beating of a great gentleman. I consider myself honored and blessed to have known your father / husband. He was truly a blessing for all and will be missed. May the love of family and friends comfort you all during these difficult days. I convey my most heartfelt condolences. Wish I could be there.

Posted by BETTY WALSH - LAURENS, SC - Family Friend   February 09, 2018

Lifting Carol and family up in prayer. Praying the Lord will wrap you in love; comfort you with grace; and soothe your soul with peace. Dr. Scheffler positively touched the lives of so many. May he Rest In Peace.

Posted by Colleen Bohrmann - San Antonio, TX - Coworker   February 09, 2018

Mark was a wonderful man to know and work with. He was one of the finest administrators that I have known! It was an honor to have worked with him and have hlm as a friend ! Loved his great laugh and his huge smile. He will be missed.

Posted by Larry & Ernestine Starnes - San Antonio, TX - Friend   February 09, 2018

Larry and I had the pleasure of meeting Mark only once, but we knew him well through our son, Kevin, who was best friends with Marks son, Brian. Mark must have had incredible patience and a world class sense of humor to put up with those kids. Our son admired Mark very much, and they had a great relationship which meant a great deal to Kevin. Our heartfelt sympathy goes to Carol, Brian and the rest of the family. Mark was a source of encouragement and strength for so many.

Posted by Sandra James - Tyler, TX - friend   February 09, 2018

Mark had a huge impact on my career as a principal with NEISD. He guided and encouraged me as a new principal and beyond. He even fussed at me when I needed it, but I knew it was because he wanted me to be the best I could be! We all loved the support that he gave us, all the time. I will be forever grateful for his leadership and his friendship. I am praying for God's love and peace to Carol, Brian and family, and all of Mark's family. Rest in peace, Dr. Scheffler.

Posted by Debbie (Smith) Schmidt - San Antonio, TX - Coworker   February 08, 2018

Mark leaves a legacy of so many lives touched for the better in his career as an educator. Blessings to the family!

Posted by Robert Meeks - Coworker   February 08, 2018

It was an honor to work for Dr. Scheffler while at Roosevelt. His wisdom, kindness, encouragement and sense of humor were so appreciated. I am ever grateful for his faithful support and pray comfort for his family at this time.

Posted by Kelly Riggs Witteman - San Antonio, TX - Teacher   February 08, 2018

May God's perpetual light shine up Mark and bring peace to his family. God bless and Rest In Peace my dear AP and friend.

Posted by Gair Allie - San antonio, TX - Friend   February 07, 2018

Dr. Scheffler was a wonderful principal and man. He truly cared about the students, teachers, and all whose paths crossed his. May God's comfort be with the family. - Mikaela Adams Rios, former student at Roosevelt High School

Posted by Mikaela Adams Rios - TX - Student   February 07, 2018

Mark Scheffler was such a wonderful principal and mentor for me. I will always remember his kindness, pushing me to be my best, and friendship. He was one of a kind!

Posted by Marcia Kemble - San Antonio, TX - Teacher   February 07, 2018

Mark was a high school and college classmate and dear family friend. We have many memories to cherish. He will be remembered for being truly caring, quick to laugh, a help and comfort in times of trouble, and a person that you are grateful to have called a friend. Our sincere condolences to Mark's family.

Posted by Johnnie E Buchanan Hierholzer - Boerne, TX - Friend   February 07, 2018

I was very saddened to hear about Dr. Scheffler. My prayers go out to Carol and her family.

Posted by Betty Jimenez - San Antonio, TX - Coworker   February 07, 2018

Dr. Scheffler was a kind man and advocate for education.

Posted by Ana Martinez - San Antonio, TX - Teacher   February 06, 2018

Tony and I are remembering good times with Mark at Lee HS. May God's love surround you.

Posted by Lynette Wedig - Tularosa, NM - Coworker   February 06, 2018

I am truly sorry to learn of Mark's passing. He was a kind and supportive principal and friend. I will forever be grateful to him.
Donna Peacock

Posted by Donna Peacock - Boerne, TX - Teacher   February 06, 2018

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