It is with much sadness I have to report to you the passing of Mark Carleton, a veteran city employee who worked tirelessly with all of the city’s MAPS programs and was just appointed two weeks ago to oversee MAPS for Kids as his boss, Eric Wenger, was moving into the position of the city’s public works director.
I’m told Carlton, 58, was proceeded by the death of his father just a couple weeks earlier. I first got to know Carleton while covering the original MAPS program in the mid-1990s. He was one half of the duo jokingly referred to as the “two Marks,” the other half being Mark Beck. Together they could conquer any challenge, quietly, efficiently, and with good humor.
Have no doubt, this is a loss for City Hall, downtown, and Oklahoma City as a whole.