July 3, 1952 - July 2, 2011
Retired fire chief, author, musician, fisherman, father, Mark Servatius passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of July 2, 2011, at his home near Portland, Ore. His passing was following a courageous nineteen-year struggle with Multiple Sclerosis.
Mark graduated from Weiser High School in 1970. He went on to play music in several bands that performed country western music throughout the Treasure Valley area in eastern Ore., and western Idaho. Mark had a long career in the fire service. Throughout the 1970's and 1980's, he worked in the Weiser and Ontario fire departments. In 1987, he became fire chief of the Weiser fire department. Then later, fire chief of Central Point, Ore. He retired as deputy fire marshal of the Jackson Country fire department in 1997. Mark had incredibly varied interests. He was a hobbyist pilot, motorcycle and snowmobile racer, a scout leader, and he was an avid steelhead and salmon fisherman on the Rogue River. As his disease progressed, he enjoyed building model airplanes with his son, Jason.
He was diagnosed with progressive M.S. in 1992, and in 1997 the disease had progressed to the point he was medically retired from his beloved fire service. Despite these life challenges, Mark maintained a dignity, grace and irrepressible energy that served as an inspiration to his family and all who knew him. In 2004, Mark began to write a book titled A Short Walk to the Beginning of the Rest of My Life. With the use of a single finger on his one useful hand, he pecked out the story of his life. After it was republished in 2010, he began writing a novel in which his children embody fictionalized characters at the scene of a fire, which at the time of his death had yet to be published.
Mark is survived by his sons, Craig Regester, Ryan Servatius, and Jason Servatius; his daughters, Kristin Schmeer Daniels and Kari Schmeer Kelsay, who came into his life in October of 1978, when he married their mother Kathy. He is also survived by his siblings, Leanne Ambrose, Greg Servatius, and Karyn Larsen; six grandsons, Andrew, Ian, Garret, Riley, Tanner and Colton; and several nieces and nephews.
Mark is preceded in death by his father, Philip Robert "Bob" Servatius; his mother, Carole Servatius; his grandparents, Julius and Elizabeth Servatius, and Rose and Gene Shields.
A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, August 31, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. It will be held at Crater lake Room of the JCFD3 Administration Building; 8333 Agate Road, White City.