We are very sad to report that Mark died on March 2nd, 2021.
He and his ex-wife AnnMarie Alburg passed away together.
He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
This video was created for Mark Goffeney’s memorial service at the request of his family. His life was tragically taken far too soon and the world has truly lost a treasure. May he Rest In Peace. There is a continuing effort to keep his spirit alive so please check out his website and social media: www.bigtoerocks.com Facebook: the-real-mark-goffeney Instagram: @mark_e_goffeney YouTube: Mark Goffeney Thank you to those of you who gave content for me to include. To the filmmakers/content creators/musicians whose footage and sound that I used without permission, please know that this is not for profit and is only being posted so that his family, friends, and fans can continue to spend time with Mark whenever they are missing him. Thank you for your understanding.
This fundraiser is intended to help with expenses related to Mark’s recent and tragic death. He leaves behind 3 adult children, 4 grandchildren, and countless friends and family who are grieving this loss. Any contribution to help his family would be greatly appreciated.
Mark Goffeney is a San Diegan whose talent and ambition have helped him to achieve ongoing success as a performer, speaker and television personality.
Mark has been recognized for his work internationally and was nominated for an Emmy award in 1998 for his principal role in the Fox Network commercial, “Feet”.
Born without arms in 1969, Mark was raised to see himself as an equal in society and to value independence.
With these values instilled, Mark was soon noticed by several charities and by 1973 had become a Poster Child and principal; fund-raiser for both the Variety Club and March of Dimes.
For the next decade, Mark co-hosted hundreds of telethons working side by side with celebrities including Monte Hall and Kathy Lee Gifford. By 1981, Mark was credited for having raised over 6 million dollars for children’s charities., He appeared on Real People, the Mike Douglas Show and Regis Philbin By age nine, Mark was attempting to create his own music, but choosing an instrument would prove to be a challenge.
For a while he played trombone in the school band, then his dad brought home an old guitar he had found on a jobsite.
With his friend’s help, Mark soon developed his own technique. He would lay the guitar on the ground, supporting the neck with whatever he could get his feet on.
He would strum with his left foot and make chords with his right.
By the end of the nineties, Mark had successfully completed his first CD, titled “Big Toe”. Sponsored by PSB Records and produced by Steve Dudas (known for his work with Aerosmith and Ozzy Osbourne). This CD is a collection of Mark Goffeney’s greatest, original songs and was featured in the San Diego Reader’s “Best of the Best”.
In Recent years Mark and his band Big Toe have appeared on ARD TV in Germany where he opened for Lee Ann Rimes on the hit show, “Lippe Blofft”; and “Explosive” Two Korean network shows, “Amazing World” on SBS and “Amazing People” on MBC.
At home in the U.S. Big Toe was given two thumbs up by producer David Foster,
(winner of sixteen Grammy Awards for his Work with Celine Dion) and Travis Barker (of Blink 182) on NBC Star Tomorrow in 2006.
One year later in Oct. of 2007, Big Toe performed on the
Fox network Show “The next Great American Band”. The show was Created by Simon Cowell of “American Idol”. After the performance, Johnny Resnik, lead singer of the Goo Goo Dolls said ‘you kick ass on the bass guitar!
Mark’s band Big Toe appears nationwide, and Mark often travels solo to Japan, Korea, Germany and the Netherlands.
The other web site entitled “Mark Goffeney official”, despite the stolen name, has no legal, financial, or managerial connection to Mark Goffeney or his bands, and he tried for years to get them to cease leaching off of his career.
This is the only official Big Toe web site, paid for by, and approved by Mark Goffeney.
It is maintained by his friend, john Young, though Digital Sound and Picture.