Mark Edward Clasen, advice MD, PhD, age 68, died peacefully at home under the care of Hospice of Dayton on February 3. He was born October 22, 1947, in Minneapolis, MN, to the late Earl and Doris Jean (Day) Clasen.
He was a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, and earned both an MD degree and a PhD in anatomy from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS.
A resident of Springboro, OH, for 24 years, he served 18 years as professor and chair of the Department of Family Medicine and the last six years as professor emeritus at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton, OH. He was board-certified in both family medicine and geriatrics. He was an excellent clinician and medical educator.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Carla. They were married on April 7, 1979. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two sisters, Judy and Nancy Clasen; nephews, Bret Abbott, Jack Abbott, Andy Clasen, Mark, and Joseph Boltri; nieces, Devin and Erin Abbott and Mary Boltri; brothers-in-law, Grant Wyckoff and Dr. John Boltri; and sister-in-law, Shelley Boltri. In addition, he leaves behind thousands of medical students and residents he taught over the years.
Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 12, at the Epiphany Lutheran Church located at 6430 Far Hills Ave. in Centerville, OH, with Pastor Charles Woodward presiding. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 11, at Anderson Funeral Homes located at 40 N. Main St. in Springboro, and also, one hour prior to service on Friday, February 12, at the Epiphany Lutheran Church, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Interment will be in Woodland Cemetery in Dayton.
The family wishes to thank Hospice of Butler and Warren Counties, especially Cleanne Cass, DO, and the Crisis Care nurses for their excellent and loving care of Dr. Clasen during his final days. Contributions in his memory can be made to the Boonshoft School of Medicine Scholarship Fund, the Boonshoft School of Medicine Family Medicine Enhancement Fund, or the Premier Geriatrics Program Fund.