Sad news.. Mark Hoekstra of Geektechniques has passed away

Sad news.. Mark Hoekstra of Geektechniques has passed away

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Rutger sent word that our friend Mark Hoekstra of Geektechniques has passed away… He writes

Mark Hoekstra of Geektechnique fame has passed away this morning. He suffered from a severe heart attack last wednesday while on his bike. He has been in the hospital in a coma since then. Friday night he was pronounced braindead. In the spirit of his open source thinking, Mark was kept alive for a donor procedure and passed away this morning (saturday).

He will be cremated this thursday in his hometown of Groningen. Mark had just turned 34 on september the 12th.

I’m emailing you because I know you were big mutual fans and you opened a big window to/from his world. I hope you can post a message for the numerous Mark Hoekstra fans that read Make Magazine/blog.

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Mark was one of those makers who would email me his projects, they were very good and eventually he started his own DIY site and wrote a great article for MAKE print too (Bicycle iPod Charger). I know Mark would want to be remembered for his fun projects and boundless curiosity. Take a minute and check out his site, his projects and his photos.

The last email Mark sent to me was a few months ago about his latest project…

Hi Phillip, This weekend I connected some cheap LCD shutter glasses to one of my old SGIs. Now this is a project well known within the SGI hobbyist community (and ever since I read about it, I’ve been wanting to do this), maybe it inspires some people to grab a SGI cheap somewhere and tinker around with it.

Mark always had the maker spirit. Our thoughts are with Mark’s friends and family.

19 thoughts on “Sad news.. Mark Hoekstra of Geektechniques has passed away

  1. Marrz says:

    prayers out to the family, Sorry for their loss, scary thing he looks like he’s in way better shape then me… heart attack at 34? wow

  2. Dane says:

    I check his page every once and awhile and i always come back amazed. its people like this tinkerers look up to

    he will be missed

  3. Kay says:

    it felt like yesterday that I last met him, even though it was more than a year ago.

    Mark was very energetic, friendly and took the time to talk to me and I love(d) reading his thoughts on BRIGHT and other places.

    This, most certainly, comes as a shock. Mark, you and your inventive spirit will be missed.

  4. Philip says:

    wow, I really don’t know what to say. He seemed like the type of guy that wouldn’t die this way, I always thought he would die in some server falling on him, never a heart attack. so sad to see him go, what will happen to Geek technique? My sincerest condolences to his Family and friend, and the entire hacking community. He will be missed by me at least, but I hope he will be missed by everyone too.

  5. sck says:

    what a scary coincidence, I found his bike charger article for the first time by absolute chance just last night. that’s really a terrible and unexpected death

  6. Anonymous says:

    If you can’t open it, you don’t own it. Well, here a guy who put that phase to the ultimate use. I’d like to suggest that Make honor him by telling its readers how to donate their organs to help others live and make the world a better place.

  7. The Oracle says:

    It’s sad for anyone to die so long. He will certainly be missed.

  8. The Oracle says:

    It’s sad for anyone to die so young. He will certainly be missed.

  9. eccramer says:

    It makes me really sad that a great Maker is gone from the world. His projects were great (the bike iPod charger, the Das iBook (filing the letters off of iBook keys), the iPod HD to CF card converter. I even commented on his site a few times. It’s funny how the internet can make people you’ve never met, that’s half way across the world, an acquaintance.

  10. Csmiler says:

    My condolencesto the family

  11. Sound says:

    A sad sad thing. I enjoyed watching him on tv short ago and now I read about this on one of my favorite sites.

    Vrienden en familie gecondoleerd en heel veel sterkte de komende periode. Ik kende Mark niet persoonlijk, maar hij was wel via zijn projecten een inspiratie voor mij om objecten in mijn omgevingen te veranderen naar hoe ik het wilde. daarvoor verdiende hij alle respect van mij.

  12. Chris says:

    This leaves me almost speechless. What a loss. I enjoyed his blog a lot. My condolences to the family and everyone who knew him.

  13. Sam says:

    Screw you God.
    Take someone else and give us Mark back.

  14. radrob says:

    a sad day we miss you so much , god give you his white kybo and solder… for some heaven geekin’

  15. Andries says:

    I got the sad news this morning at the office. I was shocked. You were so happy the last few months. You were happy in love with youre Argentinian girlfriend Victoria, you got some great publicity, etc.. Now youre not here anny more… We will miss you big little guy!!

    Youre colleague,


  16. radrob says:

    ..would be very kind if the markie’s friends will be invited to keep geektechnique alive ..ever in memory of our net friend..

  17. Fred says:

    Yeah, God. Please take Sam instead.

  18. linuxlove says:


    All us hackers/DIY’ers will miss him sorely. He had creative ideas, fun things to do an odd cat, lots of old SGI gear… He will be sorely missed!

    RIP Mark, you will be missed.

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