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Mark Malcolm Francis


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Mark Malcolm Francis Obituary
Mark Malcolm Francis December 18, 1960 - June 11, 2018 La Jolla Dr. Mark Francis died unexpectedly this past June 11th from a tragic accident at his home in Sisters, Oregon.Mark was born at the old Scripps Hospital on Prospect St. in 1960. He grew up in La Jolla with his father and mother: Jack and Marilyn; and his four siblings: Kathleen, Cole, Robert and Barry. Aside from family, Mark's passions of old La Jolla included his friends, diving, fishing, photography and ice skating. In his early years, Mark could be found at the Children's Pool with his younger brother, Barry, fishing for bass, perch and opaleye; or perhaps near Bird Rock learning to dive with his brother, Robert.Over the years, Mark grew in his abilities in many ways. He became certified in SCUBA at 14 years-of-age and developed a natural eye for photography. Mark combined these two skills capturing both under and above water photographs for the likes of National Geographic while working along-side many world-renowned photographers. While at LJ High School, Mark first met the love of his life, Laurie Steele. Following high school, they fell in love and were married in August of 1984. They both then moved northward where Mark attended UC Santa Cruz, and then to UC Riverside where he finished his Bachelor's degree in Biology. In-step with his undergrad studies, Mark researched penguins at Sea World, elephant seals at UCSC and humpback whales at SIO. Soon after, Mark decided to follow in his father's and grandfather's footsteps to become a dentist, degreed through Loma Linda University in 1992.Mark's journey would then take him and his family to Sisters, Oregon. There, he and Laurie raised their two daughters Ashlee and Kaylee, established a dental practice for Central Oregon, built a home, and befriended many through his work, the churches they attended and other various avenues. Mark had a passion for people. He would humbly, and often sacrificially, serve his fellow human in any way he could. Mark assisted those from Central Oregon to San Diego to the rivers and tributaries of the Amazon Forest - and many, many places in-between. His dental skills were keen and noted in his profession. He taught college courses at Oregon Health Sciences Institute and assisted the FBI with forensic dental analyses.In his late 40s, Mark incurred an injury in his upper spine, hampering his ability to practice dentistry and many of his personal passions in life. He was forced into an early retirement from dentistry. Despite this apparent set-back, Mark always sought the best in life's trials and soon found many ways to continue to live his life fully with his family, the church and his friends. It was during this time period that Mark returned to a childhood passion, but this time with a twist. He became an avid fly fisherman. This led to serene reflection at the local rivers of the Metolius and Deschutes, and to travels with his brothers throughout the world. Mark's final fishing trip with his brothers was this past April, one that epitomized his love of God's creation at the remarkable Pacific atoll of Kiritibati. Throughout his life, Mark was quiet and reserved. Yet, he was a champion for others and a hero to many. His wit was dry, but very funny. He thought before he spoke. The smile on his face would always leave one feeling at ease with life. His compassion and kindness exhibited his life wherever it would take him; being loved and enjoyed by those who entered into his life, whether just for a season or for a lifetime.Mark is survived by his wife, Laurie, his two daughters, Ashlee and Kaylee, his new grandson, Kaenon, his mother, Marilyn, and the remainder of his siblings and their respective families. God has finished His work in Mark, calling him home to enjoy him more completely.His family would like to thank all of those who made an impact on Mark's life, whether being served or serving. He delighted in so much of life, one that, without each of you, would lose a bit of color, some laughter and Mark's wonderful smile. Please sign the guest book online at legacy.com/obituaries/ lajollalight .
Published in La Jolla Light on Aug. 30, 2018
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