In Memoriam: Mark Haynes, 1947 - 2014

by George Petersen
in News

Mark HaynesFAIRFAX, CA — Audio veteran Mark Haynes passed away on the morning of July 8th, 2014 after a long bout of fighting complications and infections stemming from knee surgery. He began his audio career in the early 1970s with Showco, Inc., one of the pioneers in large-scale sound reinforcement, where he toured nationally and internationally as FOH engineer for Alice Cooper, The Band, Willie Nelson, Diana Ross, Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker and other headliners.

After many years on the road, in the mid-1980's he joined leading retailer Leo’s Professional Audio in Oakland, CA, where he worked for 26 years, eventually becoming vice president of sales. In 2012, Mark moved to Emeryville, Calif.-based video and film integration firm company Advanced Systems Group (ASG), where he expanded the company's audio business, specializing in contributing an audio perspective to video-centric projects.

Mark Haynes was a likeable and personable guy with a wonderful sense of humor, an encyclopedic sense of audio knowledge and many friends throughout the audio production and music industries. He will be missed by all who knew him. Rest in peace, old friend.

Note: A memorial service is tentatively being planned for September 20, but details are not finalized at this point.