Residents remember business owner, son following unexpected death

Published: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 11:33 AM.

The Industrial Drive tire-and-brake business' five employees are still in shock following the 36-year-old's death.

No cause of death has been confirmed, but Mark was known to take care of himself physically; he exercised at least five times a week at a local gym, friends said.

“I haven’t even slowed down to process it yet,” said employee, Michael Commee. 

Mark's two brothers live out of town; his daughter, Elizabeth and mother, Jackie, live in North Okaloosa.

“When people would find out that I am his mother, they would often tell how lucky I am,” Jackie said.  “It happened to me all the time.”

In addition to donating toward funeral expenses, customers have shown support by volunteering with business operations.

One regular customer offered to help run the front office; other customers have remained patient while the business temporarily closed following Kempski's death, Commee said. 

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