David Mark Linn (1954 - 2012)

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David Mark Linn, 58, born April 5, 1954 at Ramey Air Force Base in Puerto Rico, died peacefully in his sleep on Nov. 25, 2012 after a lengthy battle with liver disease.

He is survived by two loving and beautiful daughters, Katherine Linn of Orlando and Mary Linn of Midlothian, VA; his granddaughter, Bailey of Midlothian, VA; his mother, Mary Jane (Abbitt) Linn of Panama City; his father, Russell Robert Linn of Morganton, NC; two sisters, Michelle (Linn) Gibson and her husband, Tim, of Orlando, and Jennifer Linn Hamilton and her husband, Jim, of Panama City; a niece, Rheanna Ellis of Orlando; a nephew, Beckett Hamilton of Panama City; great-nephew, Michael, and great-niece, Michelle, both of Orlando; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends scattered across the United States and around the world. He is predeceased by his wife Debbie (McCormick) Linn.

Mark, as he was called by all who knew and loved him, was a graduate of Taipei American School in Taiwan. He went to Merchant Marine School and served several years in the Merchant Marines before settling into a life cultivating craftsmanship and friendship. He could make a friend anywhere he went. He was quick to laugh and generous of spirit. He loved music and was fond of his guitar. He was also a devoted gardener and grew some of the best tasting tomatoes that ever came out of the Florida dirt. As an avid gardener, he was also an accomplished chef, a gift he has passed on to his beloved daughters.

A skilled craftsman, many a home has been graced by his workmanship. He was a man of many adventures and travels, but he always kept his family, especially his mother and daughters, close in his heart. As theologian Frederick Buechner wrote, "You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you." Mark will be missed by those who knew and loved him well.

Following inurnment at Kent-Forest Lawn, the family will have a private remembrance of a father, a son, a brother, cousin, uncle, nephew. Family is the heart of all.
Published in Panama City News Herald on Dec. 1, 2012
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