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Mark Francis "Mac" McCormack

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Mark Francis (Mac) McCormackCaptain, Santa Clara County Fire Department Capt. Mark McCormack, died in the line of duty, February 13, 2005. He was born August 22, 1968, in South Weymouth, Mass. At age 2, the family moved to Capistrano Beach, California.

He is a graduate of San Clemente High School, class of 1986, and Crafton Hills College, San Bernardino County, 1990, where upon graduation he joined the California Department of Forestry as a firefighter/paramedic.

He joined The Santa Clara County Fire Department in 1999 as an engineer, and in December 2004, was promoted to the rank of Captain. Mac had served with the Honor Guard, and was part of the Special Operations Task Force with Santa Clara County Fire Department.

Last summer, Mac volunteered as a Camp Counselor at the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Camp. "It touched his heart to be with these children. It revitalized him," according to his family. He wanted to be a pilot and had begun the process at the time of his death.

Capt. McCormack is survived by his high school sweetheart, his wife of nearly 16 years, Heather McCormack, San Jose; his father, Jack (Barbara) McCormack, Laguna Niguel; his mother, Shirley McCormack, Newport Beach; and sisters Tracey (James) Cassimus, San Clemente and Leslie McCormack, Newport Beach; and brother, Brian (Becky) McCormack, Corona. He is also survived by his step-brother, Troy (Cheryl) Hoidal, Montecito; step-sister, Lauralyn (Mark) Loynes, Capistrano Beach; Edward & Virginia McCormack, Paternal Grandparents, Brownsfield, ME; Eleanor Twigg, Maternal Grandmother, Rockland, MA, and 7 nieces & nephews. He is predeceased by his Maternal Grandfather, James F. Twigg, 2004.

Memorial Services will be held at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Saturday, February 19, 2005, at 1:30 p.m. Interment will be private.

His family sincerely requests, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made in his memory to the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation, 665 Third Street, #345, San Francisco, CA 94107 or Bank of the West*: Mark F. McCormack Memorial Fund, Account #017-012-286, 2395 Winchester Blvd., Campbell, CA 95008 (*Donations can be mailed to this branch or any Bank of the West branch in your area. Please reference the account number on your check to ensure that your donation is posted to the correct account).

Published in San Jose Mercury News on Feb. 18, 2005
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