Wasilla and Ninilchik resident Mark Alan Watson died April 23, 2000, from cancer at his Wasilla home. He was 40.
Memorial services were held April 27, At Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Big Lake. His ashes will be spread in Ninilchik and Dryden, N.Y.
Mr. Watson was born June 14, 1959, in Cortland, N.Y. He graduated from Dryden Central School in 1977, in Dryden. He became an Alaska resident in 1993.
He was a self-made businessman. His love of wood and the outdoors led to his interest in the furniture business, both where he grew up in central New York and in Alaska. His demand for high quality in furniture making brought him and the Amish people together, which inspired his furniture business in Anchorage. His joy in the simple and severe good life made for a perfect match between the Amish culture and the Alaska frontier.
His family said, "He loved the outdoors, fishing, hiking, his dogs and his family. His wit, charm and laughter in every situation was an endearing quality, as was his urgency to have everyone understand and love what he found so majestic and breathtaking of 'his' Alaska home and the friends he made there. He had a boyish quality of innocence that attracted people from all over the country to him. To have met him was to never forget him. His memory lives in many hearts and will be forever missed."
Mr. Watson was preceded in death by his mother, Anne Watson, in 1992, and his father, Walt Watson, in 1997.
Survivors are his wife, Lori Watson; stepchildren, Robbie, Robyn and Cameron; sister and brother-in-law, Maryanne and Vlado Novosel; nephew, Marko Novosel; special longtime friend, Carol Carberry; and many other family and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Mat-Su Unit, P.O. Box 431, Palmer, AK 99645, or Hospice of Mat-Su, 3051 E. Palmer-Wasilla Highway, Wasilla, AK 99654.
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