Mark Bentley died Dec. 14, a few days after his 48th birthday, at his home in Oak Lawn.

Born in 1960 in El Paso, Texas, Bentley had lived in the Dallas area since 1983 and had recently retired from Texas Instruments after 25 years with the company. He was instrumental in designing a sophisticated international asset tracking system that saves the technology giant hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.

Bentley loved cars, road trips, cutting-edge electronics, everything in music from old-style country to classical, and socializing with friends at Buli Café and J.R.’s on Cedar Springs. He also loved to take friends to his beloved Chuy’s Mexican restaurant on Knox-Henderson and frequently trekked to Joe T. Garcia’s in Fort Worth on Sunday afternoons. He was a proud, giving man, loyal to his friends and always willing to step up and lend a hand to anyone in need. Erudite and outgoing with a quick wit, he always had those around him in stitches, telling some of the most memorable anecdotes imaginable from living out and proud in the community.

Bentley is survived by two older brothers, Kevin Bentley of San Francisco, and another brother in El Paso. He is an alumnus of the University of Texas at El Paso.

He will be truly missed by his family, friends and co-workers, who will join together at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, on the balcony at J.R.’s for a celebration of his life. Memorial donations may be made to any organizations supporting the Oak Lawn community.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition January 2, 2009.
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