Mark Tyler Schmidt
Mark Tyler, 29, born February 5, 1983 in Monterey, passed away to peace and healing on Saturday, March 16, 2012.
He will be remembered by all those he touched as a generous and caring individual and a wonderful son whose dry sense of humor kept everybody on their toes and in tears.
He attended Serendipity Preschool, Junipero Serra School, and graduated from Palma High School in 2001.
He served his country with honor, valor and distinction as a high-and-tight Marine Corporal without personal concern and always put others first. His journey from the Marine Corps led Mark to the Commemorative Air Force where he flew and worked as a crew-chief on the Red Nose P-51, Dauntless Dive Bomber, and many T-6's.
Mark's passion for aircraft and flying was evident from an early age and he earned his private pilot license in 2002. After serving his country proudly in the Marine Corps, Mark continued his flying education in Bainbridge, Georgia where he became a certified crop dusting pilot. His flying or "stick and rudder" skills impressed instructors, colleagues, and clients alike. His talent and over-the-top sense of humor endeared him to everyone he met and he will live on in the hearts and minds of all those who loved him.
He is survived by his loving parents, Mark and Sally Schmidt; brother, Ryan Schmidt; sister, Sondra Schmidt, and nephew, Jake Schmidt; grandmothers, Joanne Schmidt and Barbara Potts, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many, many treasured friends.
Please join family and friends for a celebration of Mark's life on Friday, March 23, 2012 at 4:00 p.m., at Sanctuary Bible Church, 8340 Carmel Valley Road, (at Schulte Road), Carmel, CA 93923.
Burial with Military Honors will be Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 10:30 a.m., at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery.
Contributions are requested to: The Wounded Warrior Project.org
Friends may go to: www.thepaulmortuary.com to sign the online quest book and leave messages for the family.
Published in The Salinas Californian from Mar. 21 to Mar. 23, 2012