Mark Neal Edelbrock Mark Edelbrock, 64, passed away on June 8, 2009 in Tacoma, Washington. He was born to Avis and the late Aloys Edelbrock on June 29, 1944 in Seattle, Washington. He married Phyllis Newton in Tacoma in 1965. Mark was a Seattle Firefighter for 34 years. He was one of the original EMTs to serve Seattle, retiring in 1999 as a Captain piloting the fireboats. Mark served in the US Army Reserve and Washington National Guard as an air traffic controller and helicopter pilot. In 1981 he was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious service during the Mt. St. Helens search and rescue efforts as the Tactical Field Operations Officer. Mark was twice called to testify before Congress on the extent of the eruption's devastation. After 28 years of service Mark retired as a Lt. Colonel. Mark was very active in his community and served as Assistant Water Superintendent on Day Island for over 20 years. He was also an avid Pierce County Master Gardener and honored as an outstanding Pierce County Volunteer in 2002. Mark is survived by his mother Avis Miller, his wife Phyllis Edelbrock, his two children Sydney and Philip Edelbrock, and his two brothers Gary and Craig Edelbrock. Mark has requested no formal memorial service, but rather a gathering of family and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Franciscan Hospice.
Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Jun. 15, 2009.