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Mark Warren Peronto

1958 - 2016 Obituary Condolences Gallery
Mark Warren Peronto Obituary
February 11, 1958 - November 23, 2016 Mark Warren Peronto died from a heart attack on November 23, 2016. Although family and friends were stunned by this premature loss, we remember his joy for life and one of his last exclamations, "I have absolutely nothing to complain about!" Mark was born in Pittsfield, MA, February 11, 1958, to Joan and Floyd Peronto. In 1980, Mark received his Bachelor of Science from Union College in Electronics and Electrical Engineering. Mark's first job was as a lifeguard and swim team coach at Berkshire Hills Country Club. His love of swimming continued throughout his life and he never gave up on performing at least 25 yards of butterfly during his workouts and challenging his siblings to a race. Mark's first job as an engineer was with General Electric, which Mark described as his "first taste of real money." In the fall of 1982, Mark moved to California for a job with General Dynamics, a company he stayed with through 1992. He was contracted by Hughes Missile Systems 1992-1994, and then made a life-changing decision to pursue his passion for art. He attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, studying under Vern Wilson and others. Following, for two years, Mark taught at various art schools: IATSE Animation Institute, Associates in Art, and a high school animation vocation program. Mark exercised his artistic muscle when he joined DreamWorks as an effects animator from 1996 to 2001. His timeless illustrative work lives on in The Price of Egypt, El Dorado, and Spirit. Mark returned to engineering in 2002, working with Rockwell Collins in Orange County, CA as an electrical engineer through November 2016. Mark continued his love of painting, ballet, sculpture, and swimming throughout his professional career. Mark loved his family and friends unconditionally. He drew immense joy from being a father to his daughter Phoebe, listening to her play the piano, teaching her to be ever-curious, and supporting her pursuit of lifelong learning. Mark is survived by his daughter Phoebe Peronto of Massachusetts, siblings Nancy Hipps of North Carolina, Jane Cummings Carlson of Wisconsin, Marjorie Peronto of Maine, Amy Marsh of Maine, Jim Peronto of California, and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by Diana Turner of Claremont, CA - the mother of his only daughter Phoebe, his step-daughter Kristen Argo-Solomon, his grandson Jacob Solomon, and his companion Corrin Brubaker. He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Peronto, and parents Floyd and Joan Peronto. As a celebration of his life, memorial contributions can be sent to the (www.heart.org). A memorial will be held at a future date. "We walked the cratered path ever dreading the black river at its end. Breathe easy traveler. At river's edge, there is a bridge."
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Nov. 28 to Nov. 30, 2016
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