North Kenai resident Mark Anthony Denham died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2001, at his residence after a battle with cancer. He was 42.
Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the North Kenai Baptist Church. Pastor Denver Copeland will officiate.
Mr. Denham was born June 20, 1958, in Wichita, Kan. He was honorably discharged from the United States Army in 1988. He and his wife, Shirley, moved to Alaska in 1991.
According to Mr. Denham's family, he liked to cook, eat, camp, hunt and fish and enjoyed the simple things in life. Mr. Denham was an active member of North Kenai Baptist Church. He served on the children's bus ministry and loved the children. He loved worship music and reading the Bible.
"Mark was a devoted husband and loyal friend. He had a gift for cooking and a great sense of humor," Mr. Denham's family said. "Mark's happiest times were spent in the kitchen with family and friends. He prepared delicious and sometimes indescribable recipes.
"Mark enjoyed sharing how much his life changed when he accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior in 1996. He continued to share his faith and testimony to others even to the end. Mark reassured his family members that God would take care of them in his absence."
Mr. Denham is survived by his wife of 11 years, Shirley of North Kenai; mother, Emma Shipman of Wichita, Kan.; children, Andy Denham of Batesville, Ark., and Daniel Denham of Germany; stepdaughter, Shanna Humphrey of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; stepson, Tommy Harris of Dallas, Texas; sisters, Millie of Batesville, Ark., Lynn, Roberta and Lee, all of Wichita, Kan.; brother, Roy Denham of Oklahoma; granddaughters, Sheyenne and Abby, plus a granddaughter who is due to arrive in May; and his aunts, Edna of Batesville, Ark., and Helen of Covina, Calif.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent the North Kenai Baptist Church, P.O. Box 7496, Nikiski, Alaska 99635.
Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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