Mark Everett Walker Jr., 41, of Granite Falls, WA passed away on September 7th, 2023. He was born July 1st, 1982, in Mount Vernon WA to Kathrine (Pfeiffer) Walker and Mark Walker Sr. He spent most of his childhood growing up in Granite Falls, WA. He was a graduate of the Granite Falls High School class of 2000.
As a kid, he rode and raced dirt-bikes, ATVs, and played Little League baseball. In school, he loved science, history, music, and creative writing. He participated in band, playing several instruments including trumpet, saxophone, and French horn. Mark also enjoyed acting in school plays with the drama class.
After high school, Mark enlisted in the US Army, becoming a Combat Engineer with the 317th Engineering Battalion. He was stationed at Fort Benning, GA, where he served from 2000 to 2004, and was actively deployed overseas in 2003 during the Iraq war.
After his honorable discharge, Mark worked in the construction framing and granite countertop industries, and in 2010 he began evening classes at ITT Technical Institute where he earned an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Drafting and Design Technology. While in college, he landed a position with The Boeing Company as an Aerospace Electrical Systems Installer and worked there for several years.
In 2008, Mark married Rose Knigge and they resided in Snohomish, WA. They welcomed a daughter Emma Grace in 2010 and then a son Kolton Terrence in 2013.
After leaving Boeing, Mark permanently retired on a full pension from the Army. He moved to Salt Lake City UT in 2020 where he resided until his death.
Mark loved God and had a deep faith in Jesus Christ as his Savior. He turned to God often throughout his life to seek spiritual guidance and strength during many trials. He often talked about the desire to minister and help others in their path to Christ. Mark also had a deep love of friendship and was a blessing to many who were less fortunate. Most importantly, he loved his children and always wanted the best for them.
Mark was an avid gamer and technology geek. He loved motorcycles, ATVs, fishing, snowboarding, and playing disc golf. He also enjoyed music, writing, travel, reading and being with friends. He was passionate about DIY projects and could fix or engineer just about anything. He was especially proud of a camper van conversion project he worked on with his dad’s help, where he engineered a cargo van into a comfortable all-purpose RVan for recreation and travel adventures. Above all, Mark was a smart, funny, compassionate, warm-hearted young man with many talents who will be deeply missed by more people than he could have even imagined. We are comforted knowing that he is at peace with God and surrounded by loved ones in heaven.
Mark is survived by his father, Mark Walker Sr., mother, Kathrine (Pfeiffer) Aaenson, stepfather Scott Aaenson, brothers Aaron Walker, Matthew Walker, Harry Walker, Ronald McClain, sisters Reagan Walker and Hannah Aaenson, stepbrother Wade Marshall, daughter Emma Walker and son Kolton Walker. He is also survived by his grandparents Dana and Bob Filer, and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.
Memorial to be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can please be made to SAFE Project or (DAV) Disabled American Veterans charities.