OAK HARBOR, WA - Mark J. Albright, age 54, died October 17, 2013 at Whidbey General Hospital from injuries sustained in an accident between a deer and his motorcycle on his way home from second shift at Boeing. He was born June 19, 1959 in Beeville, Texas to Lyman and Doris Albright. Marks father was a career Navy man and in 1961, the Albright family was sent to Oak Harbor and NAS Whidbey. From here, they traveled to Ohio, Illinois and on to Racine, Wisconsin, where Mark attended Junior and Senior High School. After graduating from high school, Mark began dating Roberta Robin Hedding and on January 12, 1980, Mark and Robin were married in Racine, Wisconsin. Mark came from a long line of career military men and he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and received the rate of AME, Aviation Structural Mechanic, tasked with the safety and maintenance of his aircraft. After completing boot camp, he was transferred to Millington, TN, where son Mark, Jr. was born and then to California, where daughter Sarah joined the family. Oak Harbor became home in 1984. Mark retired from the Navy in January 2000. He received his ASC certification as an auto mechanic and spent the next six years working for Matts Import Haven, Clinton. Mark left the auto shop and returned to NAS Whidbey, this time as a civilian contractor. In 2011 he was assigned to a carrier deployment and was one of ten individuals injured in an engine explosion. Mark decided he was through with the military life and accepted a position as a Quality Inspector for the Dreamliner project with Boeing. Mark's life was centered on his family. Being a good husband and father was first and foremost in his life. He was a member and elder of the Concordia Lutheran Church of Oak Harbor for many years. Mark loved owning, riding and maintaining a large collection of motorcycles, including his current Harley Davidson, his Yamaha touring bike and numerous dirt bikes. He enjoyed repairing cars and fixing anything. He was a mechanic at heart. He also had a very soft spot in his heart for his dogs and the Green Bay Packers. Mark is survived by his loving family, wife Robin of Oak Harbor, son Mark Jr. of Spokane and daughter Sarah of Oak Harbor and by one sister Diane Albright of Racine, WI and one brother Doug Albright and his wife Robin of Winnebago, IL. Funeral services for Mark Albright were held on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 10:00am at Wallin Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Hanson of the Concordia Lutheran Church officiating. Military honors will follow under the auspices of the NAS Whidbey Island Honor Guard. Cremation will follow with private family interment. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories and condolences at the Book of Memories hosted by Wallin Funeral Home at www.wallinfuneralhome.com
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Published in Racine Journal Times on Oct. 31, 2013