Palmer resident Mark Wilson died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 at Providence Alaska Medical Center. He was 54.
He survived a double lung transplant in 2006. In 2011, Mark was diagnosed with MDS, which eventually led to Leukemia.
He was born October 21, 1958 in Corpus Christi Texas. He married his high school sweetheart, Kathy Ann Trimble on June 25, 1977. He worked for the FAA in Flight Standards and was an entrepreneur of multiple businesses that included ACME Radiator, which is now owned by his brother-in-law Tommy Trimble. He also owned and operated a Drop Zone with his wife Kathy, teaching adventure-seekers to skydive in Chickasha, Okla. He enjoyed flying, camping, fishing and his time with family and friends the most.
“He was a gentle soul whose character and spirit always brought a smile to everyone’s face,” his family said. “Mark was the type of person that would give a stranger the shirt off his back to protect them from the cold. He was a loving caring son, husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend to many. He always had a kind word, a smile and if you asked how he was, he was ALWAYS doing well.”
He is survived by his wife Kathy; sons, Mark and Colby; father, Les; mother, Gail; sister, Karen Gutmaker; and grandchildren, Avery and Logan.
He was preceded in death by sisters, Bobby Hutton and Janis Downing.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Feb, 23 from 2 to 6 p.m. at 6841 Weswood Drive in Palmer. The event will not be formal and attire is casual.
“Mark would not want a mourning of his loss, but rather a celebration of his life,” said the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mark’s name may be made online at www.transplanthouse.org.
Arrangements by the Cremation Society of Alaska/Matsu Valley. Words of comfort can be shared with Marks’ family at www.alaskacreamation.com.