Mark Wiant, 63, passed away the morning of Dec. 6, 2012 in Mead after a yearlong battle with cancer.
Born in Detroit, Michigan on August 14, 1949 to Marion and Maryanna Wiant, he was the first of three children.
Mark served in the US Navy from 1969 - 1971. Soon after being discharged he met the love of his life, Cookie Wright. They met just before Halloween, 1971, and were married Dec. 10, 1971. Two children soon joined the couple: a son, Chris, and daughter Melissa.
In 1978 the family moved to Washington to 10 acres that Mark always referred to as "his mountain." Nothing made him happier than being in nature and being on his mountain.
Mark enjoyed the outdoors in all aspects of his life. Fishing, camping in his teardrop trailer and sitting around a big bon fire was a perfect day for him. He was fortunate enough to spend over 30 years working at the Forest Service in Kettle Falls and retired due to health reasons in April of 2012. As he battled cancer he lived in Mead with his daughter. He would frequently say, "I appreciate you helping me, but man do I hate living here.”
Moving from his mountain into a neighborhood with an HOA was not his idea of retirement.
Mark was preceded in death by his wife in 1992 and his mom in 2001.
He is survived by his father, Marion, of Florida; brother Tom and his family of Texas; sister Beth and her family of Tennessee; son Chris his wife Gina and their daughter Kaitlyn of Orcutt, CA; daughter Melissa and her two daughters Taylor and Kennedi of Mead; his loyal dog Dozer who went from being a mountain dog who had never worn a collar or been on a leash to living in Mead. Mark was ashamed at how fast the dog adapted and realized he had always secretly been a city dog trapped on a mountain.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the gracious staff at Horizon Hospice, especially Cindy and Jordan, Mark's nurses. The love and support they provided to both Mark and his family has been beyond words.
A small gathering will be held Dec. 15 at noon at the Boyds Country Inn. In Lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be sent to Horizon Hospice, 123 Cascade Way Spokane WA 99208.