Mark E. Doane, 61, of Londonderry

Mark E. Doane of Londonderry passed away at home on Dec. 21, 2021, at the age of 61.

Mark was born Feb. 29, 1960, in Belleville, Ill., to Peter and Barbara (Brown) Doane, while Peter was stationed at Scott Air Force Base. After accompanying his family on their return to Vermont, Mark graduated from Green Mountain Union High School in 1978.

In 1979, he would marry his high school sweetheart, Val Spaulding. The couple would go on to have two children, Christopher and Brittnay. They would live in the Londonderry home that Mark built, until their separation in 1999.

Mark spent his career as co-owner of Doane Builders Inc. He and brother Mike shared ownership for 28 years, taking over the business from their father Pete. Together, they serviced ]area construction needs from large to small, new construction as well as renovations. Mark took pride in working with his customers on creating their dream home, room, or customized space. He enjoyed passing along his building knowledge to younger employees. Always quick to point out “another way” to do something.

He was an avid Boston sports fan, especially the Red Sox and Celtics. Mark was actively involved in the local little league for many years, coaching his son’s team as well as the traveling All-Star team. He also played a role in rejuvenating the junior high school baseball program at Flood Brook School in Londonderry. He was able to coach many kids over the years at different levels, something that he truly enjoyed.

Mark spent the last eight years with his “better half,” Susie Van Alstyne, living first in his house in Londonderry before recently moving to her South Londonderry home. He cherished his time with close friends and family. But he especially any time he could get with his grandchildren; nothing brought him more joy than getting to spend time with them “Puddin Heads” as he liked to call all of them.

Mark is survived by his parents, Pete and Barb Doane of Grand Isle; brothers, Mike (Val) Doane of Londonderry and Matt (Jessica) Doane of Vernon; children Christopher (Laura) Doane of Rutland, and Brittnay (Nick) Merrill of North Springfield; and grandchildren Carter Doane, Eric Doane and Brynn Merrill. He is also survived by his ex-wife Val Record of Chester and his girlfriend Susie Van Alstyne of South Londonderry, along with her two children, Reginald (Jen) Paré of Londonderry and Brittney (Scotty) Stoughton of Steamboat, Colo., and grandchildren, Anthony Paré, Justin Paré, Wyatt Paré and Mia Howell.  He was predeceased by his granddaughter Emma Louise Doane.

A Celebration of Life will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers please make a charitable donation to the Londonderry Rescue Squad at P.O. Box 911 Londonderry, VT 05148 or by clicking here. To send the family personal condolences please visit

The family has entrusted arrangements to the care of Brewster-Shea Funeral Home, 34 Park Place, Manchester Center, VT.

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  1. julie williams says:

    Mark, you will be so missed by many, me included! You were a kind and gentle man that I will never forget! Rest In Peace! Jules

  2. Jerry Putnam says:

    Mark you left us way to early.can you give my son Sean ( Bones) the name you gave him.
    A big hug from me
    I’m sorry for your Family and Friends loss

  3. Joe Pickard says:

    I was so sorry and shocked to hear of Mark’s passing. A great guy, wonderful personality with a tremendous sense of humor.

    We used to give speeches at Jake’s on our assessment as to who would win the American League pennant, Yanks or Boston. When the Sox finally won the pennant a few years back, Mark and Susie decorated the trees on Under the Mountain Road (my address) with Red Socks (they are still there).

    My condolences to Susie and the entire Doane family. We lost a great one but oh the fun memories will last a lifetime. Miss you Mark, Big Time.

    Joe Pickard