Mark Ersa Baird

Mark Ersa Baird, 52, of Dickinson, Texas, passed away in Webster, Texas on July 12, 2017.  Mark was born October 23, 1964, to Billy Mack and Margie Nell Baird in Beaumont, Texas.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Lamar University and was a marketing manager for Progressive Insurance throughout Texas. Mark was involved with the Boy Scouts of America, loved sports and was a loyal Astros and Texans fan. Mark was preceded in death by his step-father Bill Watkins and a brother Bobby Watkins.

Mark leaves behind to cherish his memory his mother Margie Watkins; father Billy Mack Baird, Sr. and Marcia Tesauro; his loving wife Laura Baird; daughters Adrianna Baird, Katie Baird, Charlotte Abdul-Jabbar and husband Rashad, and Elizabeth Woodrow; sons Alex Baird, Matthew Bowie, and Eric Bradshaw; sisters Lorraine Davenport and husband Mike, and Jo Lynn Leal and husband Steve; brothers Billy Baird, Jr. and wife Carla, Matthew Baird and Charlie Watkins, grandchildren Keaton, Kayden, Jaxon, and Isaiah; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

A memorial visitation will be held in Mark’s honor 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at Crowder Funeral Home Chapel, Dickinson, Texas.


  1. Mark,
    Thank you for your friendship. You will be greatly missed. Prayers and love to Laurie, and the entire Baird family.

    Willie and Kelli Miller

    Willie and Kelli Miller
  2. So very sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to family. I know I am not alone when I say that the Insurance Agents in this area will miss Mark’s visits and support. He was my Progressive Rep from the beginning and was such a warm and friendly presence. I will miss him very much.

    Jan Laman
  3. You were the host with the most, you were kind, your eyes sparkled when you smiled, you were funny, you were a great story teller, you were giving, you were thoughtful, you were a great uncle. I love you and will miss you until we meet again.

    Haley Baird Schwarzlose
  4. Mark – I’m going to miss you more than you know. You’ve been a wise friend, a challenging brother in Christ, and an unending wealth of knowledge in sports and music. I will miss our chats, and your encouragement. I’m better for having known you.

    Laurie – thank you for sharing Mark’s time with me, and not minding all my crazy home repair methods. Mary and I are praying for you and your entire family as you go through such an unexpected loss. It still isn’t real to me yet, I hope you and your family are ok. If we can help we are a phone call away.

    John Harrison
  5. Please accept my sincere condolences. I’m sorry for your sudden loss.

    Jerome Geraci
  6. Katie, I am so sorry to hear about your dad. You have wonderful memories to cherish. I’m always here for you.

    Karen Buckner
    • Thank you! He will be greatly missed, but I like to think of all the joy he’s having with Stevie Ray Vaughn and all our family!

      Katie Baird
  7. Laurie,

    I am so heartbroken. There are no words for what you are and you family are going through. Mark was always so funny and light hearted when we were around him. So happy he met you and had the time with you that he did. He was so happy when he talked about you! Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the future, Love you,

    Kelli Miller

    Kelli Miller
  8. Laurie,
    I’m praying for you and your family.

    Lisa Rodriguez
  9. Laurie, so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May your family and friends bring you comfort and courage to carry on.
    With sympathy,
    Deanna Dumesnil

    Deanna Dumesnil
  10. Laura,
    I don’t understand why these tragedies happen. Pls be strong and know that I love you and am thinking & praying for you and your family. I wish I could take some of your pain away! At least you got to have Mark in your life & you have wonderful memories!!!


    Cathy Hart
  11. I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ll be praying for the family. He was so sweet and full of life and is missed by many. May these prayers bring you some comfort.

    Kicker Cardenas
  12. Laurie, it is so unfortunate that Rick and I never had a chance to meet your loving husband, but we do know that Mark was the light of your life and you were the light of his! Our hearts are with you through this difficult time.
    Always with love,
    Rick and Carol Lee Riekenberg

    Carol Lee Riekenberg
  13. I am deeply saddened by the irreparable loss of a great friend. He will be truly missed. I was honored and blessed to have known Mark.

    Mrs. Baird, I hope my condolences bring you comfort and may my prayers ease the pain of your loss.

    Christian Marrder
  14. Laurie,
    My heart breaks for you. I was so saddened to hear the news of Mark’s passing. May God grant you peace and comfort during this most difficult time as you grieve. My prayers are with you and your family today and throughout the days that follow.

    God bless you,
    Ann Herring

    Ann Herring
  15. Laurie, in case you don’t recognize my name, i’m Tina’s old roommate. I’m so sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. I know how happy the two of you were and he is gone too soon. Just know that he will always watch over you and be your guardian angel. Prayers be with you and cherish those happy memories that he has left you. Take care.

    Cheryl Collins
  16. I worked and attended church with Mark for many years, He was a good man that will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace My Friend

    Jerald Joshlin
  17. Laurie
    I am praying for comfort, peace and understanding for you and your family during this difficult time.

    Marilyn Jordan
  18. Mark was one of the best Account Reps and one of the kindest man that I have ever worked with. He always spoke so beautifully about his wife Laura, kids and grandkids. Mark,you will be missed in the insurance industry and no one will be able to replace how you took such good care of your agents. My deepest condolences to all of the family, it was pleasure working with you.

    Flor Caballero Lynch
  19. Sending words of love to all of you during this difficult time. Know that prayers are being said for your loved one.

    Nellie Battin
  20. So sad to hear of your loss. Mark was a great guy I was blessed to meet at church. He loved and adored his family, was a sports guru, and his knew his savior Jesus. I am comforted in knowing that he didn’t suffer and has made it to his eternal home. God bless you Mark. See you on the other side brother in Christ.

    Rhonda Robichau
  21. Mark was a wonderful friend who’s good hearted nature and wit were a delight to be around. May you rest in peace and may God bless you. We will miss and never forget you bud.

    Glenn Plahn
  22. Sweet Laurie, I’m so sorry for the great loss of your dear husband, Mark. My heart, tears, and prayers of peace are with you and the family.

    Sarah Duke
  23. Laura
    Please accept my condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Martha Ingram (Mackey)

  24. Praying for the Baird family and his Progressive family. Mark was a positive influence on our business and he will be missed.

    Gordy Bunch
  25. We will truly miss Mark as our Marketing Representative. A wonderful, kind and friendly man. I wish the best to all of his friends and family. As a believer, I know he is in a better place. God bless his family.

    Linda Nicely/Sellers Insurance
  26. Dear Laurie,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Deepest Sympathies. My thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family. Take care and Blessings.

    Mayu M.
  27. Our hearts go out to your family at this difficult time. Mark was always kind and honest and was an ally to our agency, that we will miss dearly. A few times over the years, I got to hang out with Mark (after hours) at conferences or events, and when he was “off duty” he was one of the funniest guys to be around.

    Rob Lopez/Greenway Insurance
  28. Prayers and love to all of Mark’s family. He was definitely part of the TWFG Family and he will be sorely missed.

    Alex Bunch
  29. Laurie,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m praying for comfort for you and your family in this difficult time.

    Eric Riekenberg
  30. To the entire Baird Family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. The Insurance industry will sorely miss him. He was such a positive influence for many.

    Bill and Susan Taylor (Craig Insurance Agency)
  31. Prayers to the family during this difficult time. Mark was our Progressive Rep and definitely made an impact on our agency. He will be greatly missed. He was a friendly and amazing man.

    Donna Baker/Suzanne Brown Agency

    Donna Baker
  32. I just found out today about Mark and my heart is heavy. He always was so kind, funny and caring. We will surely miss him coming by the agency. Prayers for the family from everyone here at Truman Taylor Insurance Agency!

    Leah Calloway
  33. We are terribly sorry for your loss & we send our condolences from El Paso,TX.
    It was truly was shocking and heart breaking.
    Even though we all have never met, We will keep your families in our hearts and prayers! He was truly an amazing person!

    You were such a great representative. One of the bests. Always happy and pleasing your agents. We could only imagine how you were with your loved ones! You will be missed dearly! You will forever be in our hearts!
    Fly high and we will all meet again one day.
    -Vince, Ronda&Everyone here at allianze

    All agents from Allianze Insurance Agency
  34. I just found out today and so hard to believe. What a great insurance rep, I will miss him stopping by I always enjoyed our visits. I am deeply sorry, Prayers to his family for peace and healing.

    Stephanie Brock
    Bay Area Insurance Agency, Inc.

    Stephanie Brock

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