Wow, that picture brings back a flood of memories. Mark was my mentor, my encourager, starting mid-way through my undergraduate days at ISU in the '70s. He was by far and away the main motivator for my becoming a professional archaeologist at all, this shy kid from the Idaho sticks. Mark was a great teacher, one of those for whom teaching seemed to come naturally, especially his ability to convey in a clear manner the basics of the discipline of archaeology. But, his enthusiasm and "never give up" attitude were especially great examples for me. Most importantly, Mark Druss was a friend, the kind of friend you never forget -- even when distance, time, and circumstances separate. I never properly thanked him for all he did, but there will come a time when that chance will come.
So shocked and saddened by the news of Mark's passing. I've had many memorable experiences with Mark over the years, and likely have enough stories to fill a book. What I will say is that Mark was a good friend and one of the most important mentors in my life. I will always carry good memories of Mark with me. My condolences to Claudia and their children, and Mark's sister.