Mark was born in Rockford, IL he moved back to Idaho with his family and attended high school in Boise. At the young age of 19 he joined the army air core in hopes of becoming a pilot. At that point in time there to many pilots so he went on to become a crew chief responsible for 21 AT-6 Texans which afforded him the opportunity to fly often. In 1974 he realized his dream of becoming a private pilot. Mark and Roxanne, his wife of 62 years make their home at Well Spring in Ontario, OR.