Captain Mark Schandorff was born in Sioux City, Iowa His paresnts are H. K. "Pete" Schandorff and Margaret Schandorff of Sioux City, Iowa. Pete Schandorff was a decorated World War ll veteran.
Captain Schandorff graduated from the university of Mississippi in 1975 with a BA in Biology Degree and an unofficial SEC football degree. He entered the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in January of 1977. In April 1978 he was commissioned an Ensign in the Naval Reserve. He married Patsy Ann Phillips of Corinth, Mississippi in June of 1979. He recieved his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from the University of Tennessee in December 1979 and reported for active duty as a Navy Dental Officer in January 1980.
Captain Schandorff and his wife moved to the Lynchburg area in November 2007. He officially retired from the U. S. Navy on February 01, 2008.