SHREVEPORT, LA - Graveside services will be held for Col. Mark J. Matsushima, USAF, at 11 a.m., Saturday, August 14, 2010 at Forest Park East Cemetery, 3700 St. Vincent Avenue. The Reverend Donald D. Heacock will officiate. Mark, beloved and only child of Dr. John and Grace Matsushima of Fairview Park, Ohio, was born September 21, 1965, and died July 16, 2010. Mark was promoted to Colonel in the United States Air Force in 2009 shortly before beginning his battle with cancer. Mark's many accomplishments include: Colonel of the USAF; veteran of Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom; Chief of 8th Air Force Commander's Action Group, 8th Information Warfare Flight Commander; four tours in the Middle East; served with the Air Force Intelligence in Greece; worked with the Undersecretary of Defense at the Pentagon; and was a senior Air Battle Manager aboard the E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft. Mark studied at the Air Force, Marine and Naval War Colleges, and obtained an M.A. from Oklahoma State University, B.A. from Ohio State University, and recently an honorary Master's degree from the Naval War College in Rhode Island (with citation) and the Legion of Merit Medal (just approved) by the Defense Department.
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While stationed at BAFB, Mark met many new friends from all walks of life who would soon become his Shreveport family. He loved the Shreveport area and hoped to make this his home upon retiring from the USAF.
Mark is survived by his parents of Fairview Park, Ohio and his Shreveport family, Gail Monsour, Barbara Monsour Strange, Blake Gibson, Andrea and David Waite, Carla Pampe, Woody Gaspard, Martha Boogaerts, Linda Doughty, Ronald Fielder, and many friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the
. Mark was greatly appreciative of the love and prayers he received during his difficult illness. All who knew him were blessed and honored to have him in their lives. Mark will forever be in our hearts.
Published in Shreveport Times on Aug. 12, 2010