Born in 1955, Mark was the only son of Arthur and Jonita Landis. His father being a lieutenant (and later a lieutenant commander) in the US Navy, the family moved around a lot. With assignments to the Philippines, Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Brussels, Mark would be firmly in his teens before his family moved back to the US and he had a permanent home.
Because they’d moved around so much, Mark never developed many strong friendships. But on the other hand, he developed a very close relationship with his parents. That’s one of the reasons why, when the the Landises finally settled in Jackson, Mississippi and Arthur was diagnosed with cancer shortly thereafter, it was so devastating…