William “Mark” Simerson
The best Husband, Dad, and Papa, Mark Simerson, 61, of Virginia Beach, passed away from pancreatic cancer on January 10, 2024 in his home with his family.
Mark was born on January 10, 1963 in Norfolk, Virginia and is the son of Linda and Waid Kidd.
Mark worked for the Department of Defense for over 35 years. For 16 years, Mark was an Engineer within the Navy Price Fighters organization. As a defense acquisition expert, he performed engineering-based cost and price analysis in support of our nation’s most complex weapon systems. He collaborated with agencies across the Government, including support for programs such as the Joint Strike Fighter F-35 Lightning II, F/A-18 Super Hornet, P-8A Poseidon, Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle, CH-47 Chinook, and UH-60 Blackhawk. Mark was awarded the Meritorious Achievement Medal for Civil Service by the Army in 2017 and the Navy Price Fighters Eagle Award in 2023. Before joining the Navy Price Fighters, Mark was a Nuclear Machinist Work Leader at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) for 19 years. Through his hard work and dedication, Mark made a substantial positive impact to our nation, increasing our readiness and serving as a good steward of taxpayer dollars. He also made a substantial positive impact to all of those who were fortunate enough to work with him. Mark provided endless kindness and support to each of his teammates and made work more enjoyable for those around him.
His family was everything to him. He cherished his wife, Valerie Murphy Simerson, of 35 years and his wonderful children and grandchildren; daughters, Sydney and Lindsey, son Murphy and his wife Emma, and his precious two grandchildren, Lennox and Stella. Every day he was proud to be the best Husband, Dad and Papa. They know he loves them forever.
In addition, Mark is survived by his three brothers, Larry Simerson and his wife, Yubi, Jeff Simerson and his wife, Kelly, and Brian Simerson. Mark also treasured all of his extended family including 3 brothers-in-law and 13 nieces and nephews.
Mark was known for his kindness, his caring nature and unfailing patience, but will also be remembered for his dependability and always being there whenever he was needed. Mark’s life was all about loving his family and caring for others. He will be very deeply missed.
We want to thank family and all our friends for giving us so much help and strength to us these last 6 weeks. We also want to thank the F-35 family and Price Fighter Family at the Naval Station Norfolk for all your kind words about Mark and his dedication to his own family and work.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m, Monday, January 22nd at Altmeyer Funeral Home Southside Chapel (5033 Rouse Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462) with a reception following.