Mark Sanchez

Mark D Sanchez

Monday, May 6th, 1963 - Monday, September 2nd, 2019
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Mark “Spike” Sanchez, 56, passed away on Monday, September 1, 2019 after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. Born at Wentworth Douglas Hospital in Dover, NH to Shirley (Hull-Ryde) and Matthew Sanchez, Mark grew up in Durham and attended Oyster River High School. He relocated to Plymouth in 1988, where he married his first wife Tina Dickson of York, ME. Together they raised two children, Matthew (29) and Molli (27). Spike and Tina divorced in 2001. In 2009 he married long-time friend and Oyster River alum Matty Leighton; they divorced earlier this year.

Spike was an entrepreneur and a man of many talents who reinvented himself throughout his life. He owned a variety of businesses, including a music store, a sound engineering firm, a garage (A-One Engine Works), a carpentry business (SanchCo Contracting), and a maple sugaring operation (Spike’s Shack o’ Sugar). He was also a drummer who played in a number of bands and did studio work. He liked to describe his work with SanchCo as “impossible framing and fine finish work,” and he took great pleasure in devising clever solutions to challenges that developed on the job site, in the sugar house, or around the home. A friend commented upon hearing of his passing, “God must have needed something constructed that only Spike could build.”

Spike was known for his big heart and generous nature. He was a loving and supportive father, and he looked after his mother, who lived with him in Plymouth, until his death. He often used his mechanical skills to help out friends with car trouble, and he supported a number of local organizations with donations of maple products. He was always available to lend a helping hand where it was needed.

Spike was predeceased by his father, Matthew. He is survived by his children Matthew Sanchez and Molli (Sanchez) Ruiter (Abe), sisters Nancy Sanchez, Cheryl Sanchez, and Judy (Sanchez) Flather (Richard), brother Matthew Sanchez (Kathy), and an extended family including many nieces, nephews, and Hull-Ryde aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, September 7, at 3:30 at Mayhew Funeral Home, 12 Langdon Street, Plymouth. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions to the NH Humane Society, 1305 Meredith Center Road, Laconia NH.
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    Saturday, September 7th, 2019 | 3:30pm
    Saturday, September 7th, 2019 3:30pm
    Mayhew Funeral Home
    12 Langdon Street
    Plymouth, NH 03264
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Candy Gobrecht

Posted at 01:49pm
I think my fondest memory of Spike is when I visited about 5 years back, and we got the chicken lobsters [I think that's what they're called?] and ate them at your house. He was funny and gracious and it was just such a pleasant night.

Rick DeMark

Posted at 11:57am
My wife Harriet and I have had the pleasure to get to know Mark in helping us make numerous improvements to our house. What we learned most about Mark is how much he cared for his family and friends and the pride he took in his work. His labors in our house will provide a lasting memory of him for us. Thanks Mark. Rick DeMark

Posted at 04:41am
Thank you for the good times and helping me to bring our awesome children into this world! I promise your grandson will know who you are.... Rest In Peace Spike.

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Posted at 01:07pm
Matty- The loss of a loved one is always difficult. We are so sorry for yours. With lots of love, Plymouth State Women's Rugby
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Julie Riley

Posted at 10:34pm
I had said this the other day...My favorite memory with Spike, was taking his car, to the sand pit, with bats, shovels, and guns...Of course there was a keg!!! ... We all took turns just destroying this vehicle!!! ( Yes, we had it towed to Madbury Metals, when we were finished! ) Mike Pellegrini was sayin' Spike had spray painted " RAT" on the vehicle...We were all fresh out of high school, and I think the reason this was so we ALL had our crappy cars, that had problems, was a great way to get out that frustration!!! All of us just laughed the entire time!!! It was so funny!!! Spike ALWAYS knew how to make everyone laugh!!! There are so many more stories like this...if you ever want to hear them...message me!!! Love to all of the family and friends...and I know Spike is up there with Chris Potter, and Jodi Studdig....lookin' down on all of us.

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