I am so sorry for your families loss.The fishing community has lost another good man and kind soul God bless you all my prayers are with you.
Very sad to hear the news. Mark was a great partner, a smart player of life with a kind understanding that was so real and refreshing.
Mark was a tremendous guy who was always there for everyone. We met him through our granddaughter Brandi Kosa. Even with all of his pain he was there when her father passed away last year. Mark will be sorely missed our prayers go out to his family and friends. Love Kim & Sandra Gudgel
I think I first met big Mark Pennylegion when he was yelling at me from his boat while fishing on the North Line at Egegik, Alaska. He looked kind of scary with his black tee shirt and black Oakland Raiders' cap perched atop his head; not somebody I would want to mess with.
But years later I ended up in a business partnership with Mark and some other Bellingham guys in a brine shrimp business on the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Mark still wore the black tee shirt and Oakland Raiders' cap and looked a little scary, but I was soon to discover that Mark was one of the most fairest minded and “can do” individuals that I ever worked with. He tackled projects, both big and small, with an optimistic, confident attitude, and when he didn't know something that he need to know, he jumped right in and self taught himself what he needed to know to get the job done. No project was too big for Mark to tackle. He would just start at step one, put his head down, learn what he needed to know and grind it out until the project was done.
From top to bottom, Mark was the most respected person in our little business. When he gave his opinion, everyone perked up and listened, from the greenhorn deckhands to the business partners. And when he produced budgets and numbers for our company, everyone knew they were right. Mark also managed most of the crews for our Great Salt Lake business. He was tough, but fair minded. Underneath his sometimes gruff exterior and the black Raider cap, Mark cared about every single crewman in the company and wanted everyone to succeed. If Mark thought a guy could benefit by being given a second chance, he gave the guy a second chance.
Mark, You will be sorely missed, and I am very grateful that I had the pleasure of working with you, knowing you and calling you my pal. Hope you are on to new adventures and big projects in the afterlife. Good sailing to you buddy!
mark you where a friend when i had none and helped me become the man i am today you will be deeply missed. wolf
Down down down into the darkness of the grave. Gently they go, the beautiful, the tender, the kind. Quietly they go, the intelligent, the witty, the brave. I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned.
Mark......may Gods arms embrace and welcome you after such a difficult journey. Reminding you that in the end....it is all about love.
Mark, simply put I wouldn't be who i am or where I am today without your teachings, mentoring and many opportunities you gave me.
Sorry for your lost. May the memories of Mark bring comfort to the family.
In my mind's eye I will always picture Mark; his boat overloaded with fish, and only one suspender holding up his rain pants.
A remarkable mechanic/engineer, he worked his way up the fishing ladder somehow getting the junkiest boats to run, and bringing them in fuller than most. He seemed to relish the mechanical challenge, and he was extraordinary at overcoming mechanical challenges.
Mark's second extraordinary talent was his mathematical skills, which he applied to business, fishing, and games of chance. Betting against Mark, was a losing proposition.
In my mind's eye now I see Mark with his father Tony, in a “friendly” game of poker.
My heart goes out to Kathy, his siblings and family and to you, Brandi. His suffering is over. Blessings, Karen Evich
Thanks Big Mark for all the advice/counsel, the so many days on the land and water together, the love and care of my sister, the happiness u brought to all us Critchlows and to the fairness u brought in how u dealt with life and all the people u touched. No doubt, with u god is pleased, maybe thats why he chose to take u early, cause ur needed elsewhere. Love u John.
I'm aghast. Loved he and his father.