Mark Joseph Ivandick
Born October 29, 1950 in St. Louis, Missouri
Mark passed away peacefully at home with Gaynelle by his side, February 5, 2023 after a long illness.
A graduate of West Point, Juris Doctor Degree (JD) from the University of St. Louis
Attorney (JAG Officer) in the United States Army moving on to private practice in Clarksville, Tennessee.
Mark moved to Colorado in 1999 where his impact will forever be remembered. Mark was a dedicated and tireless attorney and advocate for people with mental illness, particularly those involved with the criminal justice system. Many of his accomplishments had systemic impact and the resulting changes continue to improve the lives of people with mental illness. His litigation accomplishments include ending the practice of administrative segregation (solitary confinement) for people with serious mental illness in federal prisons, banning the use of the WRAP, a full body straight jacket, in the Division of Youth Corrections, eliminating long waits for competency evaluation and restorative treatment in jails, and arguing a case in front of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals that clarified national access authority for the Protection & Advocacy system. Mark also understood the value of collaborative relationships and regularly worked with attorneys and advocates with private law firms, the ACLU, the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender, and the Colorado Juvenile Defender Center, among others. Mark will always be remembered as the voice for those who needed it most. Marks deep caring for others will forever remain and will be missed by all who loved him.
Mark is survived by Gaynelle Ivandick, Craig Cavanaugh (son), David Christopher Buck & Jason Buck (stepsons), Jane Ivandick (sister-in-law), Woodrow Tory Ivandick (nephew), Nichole Leah Ivandick-Mayo (niece), Riley Cavanaugh (grandson), Hayden Cavanaugh (grandson) Martha Rae Carpenter (aunt).