Mark N. McCune 1959 ~ 2011 Mark Noble McCune, 52, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, July 2, 2011 after a truly noble fight with cancer. He was surrounded by those he loved most. Mark was born February 18th, 1959 to Keith Noble McCune and Mary Lue Knell McCune in Walnut Creek, California. He had a great love for all of God's creations. He was happiest hiking trails in the mountains alongside his family. Early schooling was in Greeley, Colo., then on to Bonneville Jr. High and Cottonwood High Schools in Salt Lake where he was active in student government and athletics. Following a productive L.D.S. mission in Nebraska and the Dakotas he returned to his schooling, graduating from the U. of Utah. He was widely known there for his humorous and political cartoons that appeared in the Daily Chronicle and also, for a time, the Deseret News. He and his sweetheart, Elizabeth Ann Sharp, were married in the Salt Lake Temple on March 20, 1987. Mark's life was substantially consumed in the service of others. He was deeply devoted to his wife and children. The greatest burden of his illness was the haunting fear of not being able to care for them. Many, many neighbors, friends and those he worked with testify of the consistency of his efforts to serve and treat others kindly and honorably. His career led him into insurance claims management, a work and association that he loved. He is survived by his wife, his daughter, Jennifer, son, Miles, his father and four sisters, Darcy (Steve) McBride, Sally (John) Hollingshead, Shannon (Lynn) Dallin and Midge (David) Baird. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Lue. Mark's love of children and animals inspired many of the characters he so beautifully illustrated (or created) in several books, each with their own personalities. Along with his talent for drawing, he enjoyed writing stories and lyrics for songs. Mark had a pure love of the Savior, a deep understanding of His Gospel and a desire to share it. From these things he received much strength and peace during the past six and a half years battle, as witnessed by family and friends. Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 9, 11 a.m., at the Corner Canyon 4th Ward Building, 13366 S 1300 E. in Draper, UT. Viewings will be on Friday, July 8, 6-8 p.m., at the Larkin, Sunset Gardens, 1950 E 10600 South and Saturday morning at the Church, 9:30 to 10:40 a.m.
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Published by Deseret News from Jul. 7 to Jul. 8, 2011.