Mark DeJoy mourned

Mark DeJoy
Mark DeJoy

Local production coordinator dies at 49

Town Square Television staff

Our Town Square Television “family” is grieving the loss of our friend and colleague Mark DeJoy. Mark should have been sitting in his usual chair in our studio last night (Nov. 4), along with co-hosts South St. Paul Mayor Beth Baumann and Matt Wallace and roving reporter Shirley Pike, presenting our LIVE local election results to our community. Sadly, Mark passed away this past weekend at 49 (Nov. 3).

With great difficulty our staff and volunteers pulled together to put out a program worthy of Mark’s tribute. In the words of Inver Grove Heights volunteer Mark Bitner, “You (We) did a great job of bringing our extended 'Cable Family' together and helped us deliver a successful production in Mark's memory.”

Mark will be remembered by our staff, volunteers, board and commission members, community leaders, residents, and businesses as the face of local news and local community television in northern Dakota County.

He was an award-winning producer with multiple national NATOA GPA First Place Awards, Midwest Regional Emmy Nominations, and many other citations of his talents.

Mark worked as production coordinator at Town Square Television since 2001. He also co-produced a successful aviation program called “The Flightline.” In his almost 30-year television career he was equally accomplished both in front of and behind the camera as a host,

reporter, producer, writer, videographer and editor. In recent years he became the brilliant unofficial tech support expert on all things techy, relating to video file formats, transfers, conversions, cloud storage, uploads, downloads, and social media.

His primary regular project at Town Square Television was co-producing and hosting the monthly news magazine program Insight 7. In addition, he produced and hosted many video programs and events for Town Square Television and our clients. He was proud of the hour-long documentary on Romanian immigration to South St. Paul, “A Thousand Dollars and Back,” that was viewed by a sell-out crowd at its world premiere showing in late September. In the words of the project manager and local genealogy expert Vicki Albu,
“Mark was THE reason our Romanian immigration video turned out to be stellar. Condolences to his family, friends and coworkers on the loss of one phenomenally talented, funny and nice guy. He will be missed.”

Mark was known by co-workers and clients for his incredible efficiency and speed on productions, his high standard of work, and of course, his sharp wit and goofy sense of humor. He could be serious about meeting deadlines and producing quality shows while having fun in the workplace and keeping everyone smiling. The quantity and quality of his workplace pranks were second to none.

Mark will be dearly missed by co-workers who became close friends over his 13 years at Town Square Television.

A gathering was scheduled for Friday, Nov. 7 at White Funeral Home, 12804 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville; a service was scheduled for Nov. 8 at Peace Church, 2180 Glory Dr., Eagan.


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