Mark A. Servatius

Retired fire chief, author, musician, fisherman and father, Mark Servatius passed away peacefully on July 2, 2011, at his home near Portland. His passing followed a courageous 19 year struggle with Multiple Sclerosis.

Mark was born on July 3, 1952. He graduated from Weiser High School in 1970.  He went on to play in several bands that performed country western music throughout the Treasure Valley area in eastern Oregon and western Idaho.

Mark had a long career in the fire service. Throughout the 1970s and 80s, he worked in the Weiser and Ontario fire departments. Later, he became fire chief of the Central Point Fire Department. This was prior to its annexation with Fire District 3. With the merger into JCFD 3, he became Deputy Fire Marshal in 1997. 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.

He was a hobbyist pilot, motorcycle and snowmobile racer, a scout leader and an avid steelhead and salmon fisherman on the Rogue River. As his disease progressed, he enjoyed building model airplanes with his son, Jason.
Despite his life challenges, Mark maintained a dignity, grace and irressible 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 and six grandsons.

He was preceded in death by his father, Philip Robert “Bob” Servatius; his mother, Carole Servatius; grandparents, Julius and Elizabeth Servatius and Rose and Gene Shields.

A celebration of life will be held Wednesday, Aug.31, at 10 a.m. in the Crater Lake room of the JCFD3 Administration Building, 8333 Agate Road, White City.

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