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A.S. "Tuffy" Mark, a sports fan who loved baseball so much that he subsidized the building of a footbridge across a flooded street so fans could get to Derks Field, died Friday, Sept. 16, 1994, of cancer. He was 79.

Mark founded M & M Distributing Co. of Salt Lake City in 1946 and managed it until his death. The company distributed Coors products.He helped sponsor college and professional teams, including the Utah Jazz, the Salt Lake Buzz and the Golden Eagles. He assisted with the annual Big Four Huddle Luncheon for University Football.

In 1983, when floods turned Salt Lake streets into rivers, he underwrote the construction of a footbridge across 1300 South so that fans could watch baseball games at Derks Field.

Among beneficiaries of his charity sponsorships are the Guadalupe School, Multiple Sclerosis Society, YWCA, Camp Kostopulos and the Utah Arts Festival.

Mass of the Resurrection was scheduled for today, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. in St. Vincent Catholic Church, 1375 E. Spring Lane, Holladay, followed by a reception at the parish center. Private burial services will be Tuesday at Mount Calvary Cemetery.