Service remembers couple’s love for each other, family
Nearly 1,000 mourners joined the four Hounsell children at a service for Mark and Jeanine Hounsell Saturday.
A motorcycle escort consisting of more than a dozen law enforcement officers led the motorcade that transported the flag-draped caskets under two ladder trucks with an American Flag to LifePoint Church.
An honor guard consisting of Douglas County and South Lake Tahoe officers, both agencies Mark Hounsel served with, escorted the caskets into the church.
Officer Ray Poole, who donned a Chicago Cubs hat in honor of his partner’s favorite team, said Mark would turn his day around.
Poole said Mark’s family was everything to him.
South Lake Tahoe Police Chief Brian Uhler told the Hounsell children that no matter what difficulty they may face in their lives, they would always have their law enforcement family to look out for them.
Bill McCready said that Mark decided one day to be his friend.
“He said, ‘Pastors need friends, you’re a pastor, so I’ll be your friend.’ He was a Cubs fan, so I knew he would be loyal.”
Mark grew up in Garden Grove, Calif., where one of his first jobs was at Disneyland. He would drive the lead vehicle in the Parade of Lights, sometimes dressed as Goofy.
But his sister Julie said he always wanted to be a police officer.
Mark proposed to Jeanne at home plate at Wrigley Field, in honor of the Cubs.
Jeanne’s father, Thomas Hyde said Jeanne and Laura Fisher, who was also killed in the wreck, grew up together and were best friends.
“Jeanne loved to build communities,” McCready said.
A professional photographer, McCready said Jeanne shared her art with her friends.
All four of the Hounsell children, Tyler, 14, Lance, 11, Emma, 6, and Corbin, 4, were in the accident. Jeanne was Emma and Corbin’s mother.
The Hounsells and Fisher, of Washington, Ill., were killed on Oct. 17 when the 2004 Suburban westbound on Highway 50 left the road and rolled several times.
The family was headed home after a vacation, according to the South Lake Tahoe Police Department.
A fund for the children has raised nearly $95,000 toward its goal of $130,000 in a week. To donate, visit https://www.gofundme.com/hounsellchildren