Captain Mark S. Quagliotti   

Captain Mark S. Quagliotti

Mark Steven Quagliotti of League City, Texas passed away on April 14, 2024 after a prolonged battle with cancer.

Mark was born on November 22, 1957 to John and Ann Quagliotti in Clarksburg, West Virginia. After graduation from Philip Barbour High School he attended West Virginia University earning his baccalaureate degree in 1980, and subsequently his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the School of Dentistry in 1985.

Mark was predeceased by his parents.  He is survived by his brothers Al (Jackie), Greg (Marilyn) and sister Monica Nordstrand (Joe).  Also surviving are niece Melissa Gervinski (Jason), nephews Leif and Cyrus Nordstrand, great nephew Benjamin and great niece Mckenna Gervinski.

Mark was a true gentleman who will be greatly missed by his extended family, many colleagues and friends. He was a lifelong devout Catholic and during his retirement years in Texas Mark devoted himself to the Shrine of the True Cross Catholic Church in Dickinson and area Knights of Columbus Assemblies and Councils.  He was a proud member of the Honor Guard and served as faithful Navigator.

Wherever Mark was serving in the world he remained a fan of West Virginia Mountaineer sports and Formula One Racing. He enjoyed sharing his interests and spending time with his family. Mark was always available to volunteer for any worthy cause or person in need.

Mark was a humble man, but his 33-year naval career naval career was far from ordinary. His first assignment was as an Assistant Dental Officer at Naval Dental Clinic, Charleston, South Carolina.  His first sea tour followed shortly afterward with his assignment to USS IOWA (BB 61) from 1987 through her decommissioning in 1990.  Subsequently assigned to Naval Dental Center Norfolk, his tour included extended concurrent assignments to Fleet Hospital Five, Al Jubayl, Saudi Arabia in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and later, USS FORRESTAL (CV 59) for her final deployment.  Returning to Norfolk in 1991, he served as an Assistant Fleet Liaison Officer, and culminated this tour by completing his postgraduate training in the Advanced Clinical Program in General Dentistry there in 1995.

Following his postgraduate dental education, he was assigned as the first Director and Dental Officer of Branch Dental Clinic, St. Mawgan, UK.  On his return to CONUS in 1998, he assumed the duties as Dental Officer in USS INCHON (MCS-12).

In 2000, he reported to concurrent duties as the Director of the Fleet Dental Annex clinic and dental Fleet Liaison Officer in Mayport, Florida. His subsequent assignment was as the Dental Officer in USS GEORGE WASHINGTON CVN 73 from 2003 to 2005. His subsequent assignment to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth included duties as Dental Department Head for Naval Healthcare Clinic, NAS Oceana and Oral Diagnosis / Shore Recall Liaison positions at Naval Base Branch Dental Clinic, Norfolk, Virginia.

From July 2008 to July 2010, he served as the first Senior Dental Officer and Dental Department Head in USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH CVN 77.  In August 2010 he reported to his current duties as the Fleet Dental Officer assigned to Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet and the Force Dental Officer, Commander, Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet.

In July 2013 to July 2015, he served as the Senior Dental Officer in USS NIMITZ (CVN 68).

From July 2015 to October 2018, he served as the General Dentistry Department Head at the dental clinic at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina.  Among additional duties during this assignment to Naval Hospital Beaufort (South Carolina), he also served as the dental credentialing officer and Senior Dental Officer / Dental Mentor for the command.

His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (two Gold Stars), Navy Commendation Medal (three Gold Stars), and the Navy Achievement Medal (two Gold Stars), as well as numerous unit commendations and campaign medals.

Following his retirement from the Navy Mark settled in Texas to be near family and the world-class care of MD Anderson. Mark maintained his dental license and volunteered as an adjunct professor of dentistry at the University of Texas Dental School.

Friends and family will be welcomed at The Shrine of the True Cross Catholic Church in Dickinson, TX on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 for visitation from 5:00 to 7:00 PM followed by a rosary service.  A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 AM on Thursday, April 18, 2024 at The Shrine of the True Cross.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to All Saints Catholic Church, Bridgeport, WV or The Shrine of the True Cross Church and School, Dickinson, TX.


  1. To Greg (Marilyn), Al, and Monica,
    How blessed you all were to come together for Thanksgiving in 2023 to create those memories that cancer cannot destroy nor diminish. Mark placed great treasure in his family, his church, his community, and his country. We are all improved having known him and of him. I know Anne and Al welcome him to them. Eternal rest grant unto Mark, oh Lord. May your perpetual light shine on him. May Mark rest in peace.

    Annette H. Sharp

    Annette Sharp
  2. May you rest in peace.
    Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee
    blessed art thou amongst women,
    and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
    Holy Mary, Mother of God,
    pray for us sinners,
    now and at the hour of our death. Amen

    Mark was a true gentleman we will always keep him in our prayers.

    CPT Ricardo Rojas
  3. Monica, Al, and Greg, My deepest condolences for your and your family’s loss of such a fine gentleman. “Quags” and I served together in Norfolk, he was such a great friend and patriot. I know that everyone who served with Mark will miss him. We were both Mountaineers deep in our hearts, I’ll pass the sad news on to those of whom I knew that served with him. Would one of you please contact me for information to have a message passed to the US Navy Dental Corps, please?
    My thank and condolences,
    Jack Bowers
    Captain, DC, USN Retired

    Jack Bowers
  4. Godspeed CAPT Q, you will be missed. Condolences to your family.
    Very Respectfully,
    CDR Dean

    Jeffrey Dean
  5. We were all so lucky to have you touch our lives, professionally and personally..
    What a kind soul you are.

    Thank you,Mark.

    CAPT Harold Zald, Diane Zald and family.

    Harold Zald
  6. You were a good man, Captain Q. – Lt Fullington

    John Fullington
  7. Mark and I served together at Parris Island until my retirement in 2017. He was a great friend and someone I had the utmost respect for. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He was a great person.

    Niel Norman
  8. Fair Winds and Following Seas, my friend.
    CAPT Greg Gant, USN(RET)

    Greg Gant
  9. Fair winds and following seas sir. You were a truely genuine person and a great mentor for this sailor and everyone you met along your journey. You will surely be missed and WE HAVE THE WATCH

    HM2(FMF) Crego, USN

    Justin Crego
  10. May he rest in peace. Condolences to all our family members.

    In loving memory,
    Paula Sabrsula

    Paula K Nordstrand Sabrsula

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