Dan and Mark were born in the small town of Meyersdale, PA. Their parents, Walter and Cathy Witt had 4 children that included older and baby sisters. Mark and Dan were very close growing up and at early ages, enjoying time with dad fishing or to the woods on a hunting adventure. During Mark’s 1st deer hunt at the age of 12, Dan was 14, their father was tragically killed in a hunting accident, an event that would change and impact each family member’s life forever. In spite of the hunting accident, both Mark and Dan continued to hunt and grow in their love for the outdoors.
Mark met and married his wife Carla 31 years ago and they have three children ages 17 and two 13 year olds. He has been employed with the Department of Defense for 27 years and has travelled the world in support of the military. Mark and his family currently reside in the Huntsville, AL and his current job with the DOD is to provide support for the Army Aviation and Missile Command.
Dan married his wife Donna 30 years ago and they have 2 sons, Hunter, 28 and Cody, 25, a daughter-in-law, Angela, and grandson, Kyler. Dan has worked as an Assistant Town Manager for the past 13 years for the Town of Altavista, VA and has worked in local government for over 25 years.
Both Mark and Dan became Christians as a result of their dad’s witness. Mark was saved at the age of five and Dan at age seven. Both have been involved in various ministries within their churches. Dan was a Sunday school teacher for over 20 years both with teenagers and children. He is a deacon and currently a leader in the Outdoorsmen 4 Him outdoor ministry. He and his wife volunteer each week at the church’s food pantry that feeds nearly 400 families within the community each month.
Mark has served as a deacon, taught Sunday school and youth classes for many years. He has also taught Vacation Bible School and has been a Camp Counselor. His one true passion is sharing the good news of the gospel of Christ!
‘Following our Father’, the feature article in the Dec11/Jan12 Field and Stream magazine, details the account of the hunting accident and the journey that resulted. Ultimately God used this tragedy and opportunities to share their story , faith, forgiveness and most importantly the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ were the end result. “We both love the outdoors and we both love to share our faith! What better way to have the best of both worlds – sharing our faith with folks who have the same passion for hunting and experiencing the beauty of God’s incredible outdoor creations.”