Mark Mahan of Bozeman passed away Friday, Dec. 7, 2007. He was born Jan. 26, 1957, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. His parents, Abigail (Gleason) and Leo, were filled with joy at the birth of their first child.
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Mark graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs in 1975. He then went on to college at the University of Iowa where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in outdoor recreation education in 1979.
Soon after graduation he headed west to Montana, where he worked for the National Park Service. There he met the love of his life, Jane Hefley. They were married on Dec. 22, 1984, in Neodesha, Kan., and shortly after they moved to Bozeman to start their life together. On May 25, 1988, their first daughter, Chelsea, was born, followed by Caitlin on Nov. 12, 1990, and Connor on Nov. 16, 1994.
For the last 20 years Mark was the UPS man for the town of Belgrade. He considered his many customers in Belgrade as part of his family.
One of Mark's favorite activities was ice fishing. He would get up in the middle of the night to go sit on a frozen lake. He loved elk hunting with his best friend, Dick Byron. He also loved to go to his kids' school activities. Most recently Mark was so happy to take his son, Connor, on his first elk hunting trip. They had a wonderful day. He was so proud of all his beautiful children and would brag about them to anyone who would listen.
Mark didn't know a stranger. No matter where he went in the world he knew someone. He will be missed by many but forgotten by few.
Survivors include his wife, Jane; his children, Chelsea, Caitlin and Connor; his mother, Abigail Christensen of Belgrade; his father and stepmother, Lee and Pat Mahan of Manhattan; brother, Mat (Louise) of Bozeman; sister-in-law, Nancy (Brian) Brandwein of Broken Arrow, Okla.; brother-in-law, Randy (Peggy) Hefley of Lumberton, Texas; in-laws, Martha and Sonny Hefley of Neodesha, Kan.; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is also survived by many friends. Mark often said he couldn't have handpicked a better brother-in-law than Brian Brandwein.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at Grace Bible Church, 3625 S. 19th, Bozeman.
A memorial fund has been established for the Mahan children at Valley Bank of Belgrade.
Funeral arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Dec. 11, 2007