Rider, Mark M. BALLSTON SPA Mark M. Rider, age 64, of Ballston Spa, passed away on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Oneonta on December 21, 1947, he was the son of the late Charles and Eleanor Rider. He was a sergeant in the United States Army during the Vietnam era. Mark was an attorney in private practice from 1975-1998. He worked for the County of Saratoga and the Saratoga County Attorney's Office for over 25 years, being first appointed assistant county attorney, then promoted to first assistant county attorney and appointed to county attorney on May 1, 1998. He retired on December 28, 2010. His distinguished legal and public service careers have included serving as president of the Saratoga County Bar Association in 1993, member of the NYS Bar Association's House of Delegates, member of the committee on professional standards, chair of the Ballston Spa Educational Foundation and president of the NYS County Attorney's Association. He was a member and past president of the Ballston Spa Lions Club and a long time member of the Ballston Spa Country Club. Mark was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York in 1992 and the NYS Bar Association President's Pro Bono Service Award in 1996. His loyalty and dedication to his work earned him the respect of his colleagues, county department staff and members of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors. Mark was a passionate golfer and an avid fan of the Yankees and Irish music. Over the years he coached T-ball, baseball, soccer and basketball. He could often be seen out running with his faithful dog Mac by his side. Mark was a beloved husband, father, Pop-Pop and friend. Mark is survived by his beloved wife of 43 years, Mandy Rider; his children, Heather Hammond (John) of Fayston, Vt., Tara Galovski (Jim) of St. Louis, Mo., and Robert Rider (Bridget) of Niskayuna; grandchildren, Ellie, Maddie, Saige, Hope, Sammy, Abigail, Morgan and Cassady; sister, Carolyn Chase (Jack) of Utah; brother, James Rider (Lisa) of Florida, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, November 10 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High St., Ballston Spa. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ballston Spa Lions Club, PO Box 242, Ballston Spa, NY 12020. Online remembrances may be made at www.armerfuneralhome.com.
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Published in Albany Times Union on Nov. 8, 2012