Former Utah Jazz great Mark Eaton died at the age of 64 following a bike accident on Friday. According to Summit County Sheriff's Office, he was found lying in the road around 8:30 p.m. Friday Long Rifle Road in the Silver Creek Estates neighborhood of Summit County after being involved in a bicycle crash. He was sent to a nearby hospital, where he later died.
The sheriff's office also stated that there was no reason to believe a vehicle was involved.
The unexpected passing of Mark Eaton has profoundly saddened the nation and the Utah Jazz. The Utah Jazz released a statement saying how his death has made a significant impact.
"His presence continued around the organization as a friend and ambassador while giving back as a businessman and volunteer to his adopted hometown in Utah. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife Teri and their extended family. Mark will be greatly missed by all of us with the Jazz."
The 7-foot-4 Eaton shot-blocking king played for the Jazz from 1982 to 1993 and was named an All-Star in 1989. His sudden demise has saddened everyone, including his beloved wife, Teri Eaton. People around the world are sending their deepest condolences to her.
Who Was Mark Eaton?
Mark Eaton, born on 27th January 1957 in Inglewood, California, died at 64. During his youth, he was more interested in playing water polo than basketball. However, in 1977, while working as an auto mechanic in Arizona, he was noticed by a community college basketball coach. The coach convinced him to enroll at Cypress College and later got transferred to UCLA, where he played under legendary coach John Wooden.
In 1982, Eaton was drafted by the Jazz and played 11 seasons at center with the Jazz. He became NBA defensive Player twice and held the record for most blocked shots in a season, amassing 456 blocks during the 1984-85 season.
At the end of 1992-93, Mark’s No. 53 jerseys were retired by the Jazz following his retirement. Upon his sudden demise, the whole NBA is mourning.
"Mark was an All-Star, two-time Defensive Player of the Year and beloved member of our league. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family and many friends."
Who Is Teri Eaton?
Teri Eaton is the wife of a Utah Jazz legend and former president of the Retired Players Association, Mark Eaton. She was born on 16th May 1967 as Teri Riser Hunter. She has not shared about her parents in detail; however, she mentioned that her mother passed away in 1985. Moreover, she has a brother named Wade Riser.
For education, Teri is a Brigham Young University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Literature and English Language.
Teri, whose husband Mark had a gigantic height, made people wonder about his wife’s height. Well, Teri also has an impressive height of 6 feet (1.83 meters). Thus, while they walked together, their height made them quite compatible.
Teri’s Career & Net Worth
Teri Eaton is a Cheif Marketing Officer at 7ft4.com in Salt Lake City Metropolitan Area. Previously, from 2013 to 2015, she worked as the CEO of Expert Sales Solutions, L.L.C. She also worked as a sales manager, 3M Specialist, and Industrial Supply's Vice President of Sales.
She has made an estimated net worth of $1 million; meanwhile, her husband Mark had a net worth of $6 million per Celebrity Net Worth.
Teri and Mark Eaton were married before 1992, and between 1992 and 1993, they had already become a parent of two sons. Later, they welcomed three daughters; twins Haylee Mae Hunter and Whitnee and Shelbey.
Their children are already grown up, and Teri also revealed that they are now grandparents. On Teri’s social media account, you can see a glimpse of her family pictures.
On 7th June 2021, Teri and Mark celebrated their wedding anniversary; sadly, it became the last time they celebrated together.