Richard "Mark" Raddin Lost his battle with advanced cancer on October 5, 2012 that he fought since March 2004. During his struggle, he lived an exceptionally full, happy, productive and well loved life with wife, family, friends, dogs and horses. Mark is survived by devoted and loving wife Deirdre of 30 plus wonderful years, loving sons Jason and Justin, brother Jim, sister Jean, daughter-in-law Jessica, mother-in-law Gisele, sisters-in-law Debeney and Kirsten, and many caring friends. He was preceded in death by mother Katherine Raddin, father Col. James H. Raddin, USAF, and father-in-law Duane Strandquest. After graduating from Highland High School in 1972, Mark worked with UNM as a Mental Health Worker at the Bernalillo County Mental Health Center. He later assisted large and small animal veterinarians in Albuquerque before attending NMSU from 1973 to 1976 studying animal science and business. He later attended Western International University in Arizona. A twenty plus year career in hotel management positions with Best Western, Holiday Inn, Granada Royale and Embassy Suites Hotel properties. He completed the General Manager training program with Embassy Suites and later became General Manager of a new Pickett Suite Hotel in Nashville Tennessee. He then oversaw the building and opening of a new Days Inn property in Santa Fe as General Manager before overseeing a new Days Inn property in Arizona as Vice President of Lodging for JSL Enterprises. Mark then pursued a very successful real estate career receiving his NM Real Estate Broker's License in 1991. He completed the Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI) program and earned the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designation. He worked with Century 21 Evans Realty for one year followed by an association with the Sotheby's affiliate in Santa Fe for three years before joining Santa Fe Properties in 1996 where he remained during his real estate career. Mark especially loved helping people with such an important matter as "home". He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Santa Fe. His community service included over eight years as a volunteer with Santa Fe County Fire Department serving the Eldorado district as Firefighter, District Rescue Engineer and EMS First Responder. He completed the Fire Officer 1 Training Program and responded to hundreds of emergencies during his years of service. In 1994, Mark was one of the original founding members of the newly formed Santa Fe Search and Rescue. He served on the Eldorado Community Improvement Association Board of Directors from 1991 to 1993. He has also volunteered at The Horse Shelter in Cerrillos, NM, was an award winning photographer with several professional credits, enjoyed classic cars and a member of the Santa Fe Vintage Car Club. Mark is deeply loved and will be missed. He will be dearly remembered in the hearts and minds of the many whose lives he touched with his enormous capacity for love, kindness and compassion. His memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church of Santa Fe located at 1605 Old Pecos Trail, on Thursday, October 11th at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations, in his honor to any of the following are greatly appreciated: The Horse Shelter, 1012 Marquez Place, Ste 201B, Santa Fe, 87505; Gideons International, c/o Taylor Hendrickson, 2106 Conejo Drive, Santa Fe, 87505 or First Baptist Church of Santa Fe, 1605 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, 87505.
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Oct. 10, 2012