Mark Irving Hart passed away at his home in Myrtle Creek Aug. 3. He had been fighting cancer since last December.

Mark was a fourth-generation Harney Countian. He was born April 23, 1958, in Burns to C. Allen Hart and Helen L. (Brown) Hart. He joined an older brother, Philip A. Hart, 2.

Mark grew up in Burns, and attended grade school and high school there, graduating from high school in 1970.

When he was 9, Mark was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, but he never let it slow him down. He learned to control and manage the disease at a very young age and tried to live a “normal” life. He was a very happy and spirited young boy who loved the outdoors and all living creatures. Mark was always his Daddy’s “ol’ buddy,” and hunting and fishing partner. He loved to hunt deer, antelope and especially elk with his dad and uncles, Bill and Eldon Hart.

His dad taught him  trout fishing, steelhead fishing and salmon and sturgeon fishing. He got to be an expert at all of these.

When Mark eventually left Burns, he bought a house a few hundred feet from the Umpqua River just so he could fish for salmon and steelhead. He was the envy of both his dad and brother for this.

After graduating from high school, Mark went to work for the Edward Hines Lumber Mill. His uncle, Bill Hart, coached him and taught him how to be a millwright. He worked at the Hines mill for 23 years. When the mill shut down, Mark went to work as a millwright for Roseburg Lumber Co. with his friend, Scotty Hill. They were assigned to work at the Riddle mill site.

The lumber company sent him to school to become a Class 1 millwright. He loved his job and made a lot of friends while working there.

His dream was to retire from the mill and move back to Harney County to live near his local friends and family.

He is survived by his wife, Anna Marie; one son, David, and wife, Fawn, and their daughter, Kayesha; his parents;  brother, Philip; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at LaFollette’s Chapel in Burns.

Contributions in Mark  Hart’s memory may be made to the Harney County Cancer Society, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.

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