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Mark Louis Arnone was born Feb. 24, 1973 in San Jose, Calif, where he began his on-air career at his high school radio station KLEL.  He was 14 when he first discovered KISS after finding one of his brother's old cassettes in a drawer.  The band would become one of his defining characteristics as a few bootleg videos and cassettes eventually grew into an entire room dedicated to KISS, including costume-pieces, autographs and an original KISS pinball game.  He had tattoos of the band as well, and got to meet his heroes several times during his life.

Mark moved to Red Bluff during his junior year in high school.  He soon was working at - of all things - a country radio station called KALF, where he later became known as "Mark in the Dark."  Right after graduating from Red Bluff High School in 1991, Mark moved to Chico where he lived for 18 years until his death.  He continued to work in radio after graduating from the police academy and beginning his career with the Glenn County Sheriff's Department in 1998.  For those who knew him well, Mark was funny and sarcastic, whose over the top personality could be heard on the radio for two decades.

Above all else, Mark was a dedicated friend and he kept in close contact with several of his old schoolmates.  He was also a loving husband.  Mark met Margarita Huizar in 2000 and the two exchanged vows in the summer of 2003.  They have no children.

It came as a shock to family and friends to learn that Mark had died suddenly in his sleep on October 21, 2009.  An autopsy and a toxicology report are pending to determine the cause of death.  He was 36.

Mark is survived by his wife, Margarita; his mother and stepfather, Barbara and Tony Palermo; his father, Louis Arnone; his brother, Tony Arnone; his sister, Kristie Spagnolo and his brother-in-law, Anthony.  He is also survived by his aunt and uncle, Bernie and Gary Rossi.  He has 13 nieces and nephews. 

The service was private and held in Chico.  He was cremated and some of his ashes will be buried in Minnesota next to his grandfather, Carl Brink, whom he loved dearly.

Donations can be made in his name to:  Butte Humane Society or Lucille Packard Children's Hospital.

Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Nov. 12, 2009
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