Mark Doak, a top offensive lineman in Nebraska football, former owner of the Sweep Left bar in Lincoln’s Haymarket, and stroke survivor, died on February 29 in St. Augustine, Florida.
Mark played for Nebraska from 1972 to 1974 under Bob Devaney and, later, Tom Osborne. He and two partners opened Sweep Left in 1976, offering not only a bar but also a fitness club in the bar’s basement. Mark ran Sweep Left for almost 20 years, leaving to work with Burlington Northern Santa Fe as a conductor. In 2011 he suffered a stroke and spent almost two years in rehabilitation. Mark and his wife, Kathy, moved to St. Augustine after Mark’s rehabilitation was completed.
In 2013 Mark and his wife were featured in a Lincoln Journal Star story on Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, the Lincoln Stroke partnership, and the Retreat and Refresh Stroke Camp. In the story Mark said, “Most events after stroke are not joyous, but Stroke Camp is a celebration of life. Stroke Camp is the ultimate release for feeling normal again. Stroke Camp is a safe place to break down the wall that everybody puts up and just go for it.”