Mark Andre Canul (1962 - 2015)

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Mark Andre Canul was violently taken from our family December 11, 2015 while in the custody of the Anchorage Correctional Complex; he was 53 years old. Mark lived with hearing loss (from spinal meningitis at 18 months of age) and mental illness – diagnosed at age 19 while attending college in Hawaii. As a little boy, Mark played little league baseball with his brother, Joe, and later, while at Marie Drake JHS, he developed a love for gymnastics at which he excelled; and he especially loved watching the Summer Olympics in gymnastics. As kids, we recall watching the 1976 Olympics' with Nadia Comaneci scoring perfect 10s in gymnastics and whooping and hollering when she won.
Mark had a passion for reading books and walking. He could be seen walking all over town no matter what the weather. He had a big smile on his face for everyone he saw and always asked how you were doing. In addition to being kind and compassionate - he always considered himself the big brother (he was) and always tried to help his siblings if he could. He had a deep belief in God the Creator, did not believe in self-medicating, and practiced his beliefs. He loved our mother, Grace, very deeply and we find comfort in knowing he's with her again. He was an avid animal lover and was especially fond of cats, and we know he is back loving and spoiling mom's cats Georgie and Sam (both female cats, mom's sense of humor kicking in) as well.
During his adult life, one of Mark's favorite pastimes was still watching gymnastics and the Gold Metal games at JD high. He also loved music and his favorite singer was Cat Stevens and his other favorite was Seals and Croft.
Mark was Raven, Aak'kwaan, Yak Te' Taan of the Yak Te' Hit house. He was born July 12, 1962 in Oakland California; and is preceded in death by our mother, Grace Canul, grandmother, Bessie Visaya, his niece - baby Alexandria Marie Turner, brother-in-law Mike Dunne, Aunt Melba Wallace and her husband, Uncle Albert Wallace, Uncle Ray, Aunt Esther Weimer and her husband, Uncle Bill Weimer, cousins Duane, Perry, and Derwin Miller and Charlie Wallace. He is survived by sisters, Victoria Canul Dunne, and her children, Rista Shelly (Aaron), their daughters, Ava, Alycia, Arabella, and Aria; Felicia Moreno and her son, Isaac Oren; son, Ricky Moreno and his son, Evan Charles Moreno; Miquelle Moreno and Georgianna (Gigi) Canul Dunne. Janine Canul (Jake), daughters, Shakira Vallejo and Bianca Canul and Shakira's daughter, Gabriela Grace. Jonelle Canul (Tucker), son, Douglas Chilton and grandchildren; Dylan, Tavin and Violet. Brothers, Joseph Canul, his daughter, Keisha Willard, and granddaughter Hailey; James Coburn (Cecelia) and their children, Cameron, Kyana, Katrina and Sam.
The Memorial service for Mark will be Friday, January 8, beginning at 5:00p.m. at the Andrew Hope building in the Elizabeth Peratrovich hall with fellowship following the services; Mark will be buried at Evergreen cemetery family plot in the springtime. The pallbearers are Ramon Isturis, Joe Tompkins, Henry Johnson, Sr., Wally Marvin, George Chappell, and Fernando Pintang. Honorary pallbearers will be Rep. Cathy Munoz, Deanne Lampe, Jean Lampe and Andrea Cesar. Please bring a dish to pass along. Janine Canul can be contacted at 4802 Halibut Point Road, #4, Sitka, AK 99835.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Jan. 7 to Feb. 6, 2016