Mark A. Longley
Largo, FL — Mark A. Longley, of Largo, FL, formerly of Concord, NH, died at his home on August 14 after a period of failing health. He was born in Concord on March 30, 1964, to the late Barbara and Miner Longley of Pembroke, NH. Following graduation from ConVal High School, he graduated from Blue Hills Regional Technical School and was employed as a diesel mechanic by Jordan-Milton Caterpillar. As a diesel mechanic, he maintained power generators on Kwajalein Island in the Marshall Islands for seven years and in Turkey for an additional year. He then became Microsoft certified and provided systems support to private industry and city government before managing networks as a systems administrator and engineer for General Dynamics. Mark worked on various military installations in Afghanistan (AFG) including Kandahar, Kabul, and Helmand Province. He finished seven years in AFG at Bagram Airfield as a systems engineer for the NATO network and then transferred to the U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels in Germany in 2019. Sometimes known as Mack Langley, he received numerous honorary military awards for his civilian service and was in AFG during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Resolute Support.
Family and friends in the U.S. knew him as Scooby—someone who could fix, modify, or invent anything and had interests in travel and everything motorized. He renovated his homes with unique and practical details, and he was a consummate chef when it came to cooking turkeys and the famous Longley mashed potatoes for family Thanksgivings. He had a powerful laugh, was quick with a helping hand, and was immensely proud of his daughter.
Mark was predeceased by his parents, his brother-in-law, Steve Lombard, Jr., and his mother-in-law, Janta Panthong. He leaves his wife, Saengjan Longley, of Largo; his daughter and son-in-law, Marciana and Eben Lamson of New London, NH and four grandchildren; sisters Debra Longley of Peterborough, NH, and Susan Lombard of Epsom, NH; nieces Jennifer (Glen) Chislett of Concord, NH, and Marcy (Jason) LeBlanc, of Douglas, MA; nephew Joe Lombard of Epsom; two grandnieces; father-in-law Mon Panthong and family in Thailand; and many friends and extended family members.
There will be a remembrance service and celebration of life at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Concord, NH on October 2, 2021 at 1 p.m. Guests are encouraged to wear colorful attire and share their memories of Mark. Please donate to an SPCA (https://www.aspca.org/
) or the Wounded Warrior Project
) in lieu of flowers.
Published by Concord Monitor on Sep. 5, 2021.