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Of Leesburg, Virginia passed away in his 90th year on Wednesday, January 15, 2014. He died peacefully at home with his family. Mark was born in North Sprague, Washington on July 6, 1923. He graduated from Spokane High School in 1941 and enlisted in the US Navy on September 28, 1942. Mark served in the Pacific Theater from 1944 to 1946 on the super destroyer, the USS DeHaven (DD-727) as a radio technician first class. In 1947, Mark became a traveling electronic technician for the US Weather Bureau and worked for the National Weather Service for 35 years. In 1976, he was awarded the US Department of Commerce Silver Medal. He retired in 1978 as chief of Overseas Operations engineering branch. Mark was a licensed radio amateur and an active member of the DeHaven Sailors Association. A beloved husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather, he will be missed by all who knew and loved him for his kindness, sense of humor, and wisdom. He leaves his wife of 56 years, Rosario Brooks; two children, Rosario Streeter of Ashburn, VA and Mark Brooks of West Windsor, NJ, and five grandchildren. The viewing will be held at the Colonial Funeral Home ( in Leesburg, VA on Sunday, January 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Ashburn, VA at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 20. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to at:

Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 18, 2014
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