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Michael Ira Mark, 70, of Yorktown

Michael Ira Mark (Weymouth Funeral Home)

Graveside Service: 3:00 p.m., Thursday, October 13, 2022

Location: Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery

Lt Col Michael Mark, 70, of Yorktown, VA. died on September 27, 2022 after a 2 year battle with Lymphoma. The son of Renee and Arthur Mark, he was born in Chicago and grew up in Northbrook, IL, Great Neck, NY and Harrisburg, PA., where he graduated from High School. He was a brilliant and determined student with a near-photographic memory. He sang in the HS choir, was an avid reader and his lifelong passion for the Revolutionary War, Civil War and WWII history began quite young. He attended Franklin & Marshall College for a Liberal Arts degree. His law degree is from The George Washington University Law School, and he later acquired an LLM degree from the same school.

Michael dedicated over 40 years of his life to government service.  His passion for aviation began as a child and, upon acquiring his law degree at George Washington University, he soon took a commission with the U.S. Air Force as a Judge Advocate. With 22 years of service, Lt. Colonel Mark retired, having been stationed in many strategic locations, including Headquarters in Washington DC, Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and as staff Judge Advocate at Arnold Air Force Base in Tennessee. He was proud to have been instrumental in the procurement and production of many Air Force aircraft.

Michael was able to extend his passion for and knowledge of the Aerospace Industry into his second 20-year career as a contract specialist for NASA at Langley Center, VA. There, he served as an attorney-advisor and team lead with NASA OGC. With his deep knowledge of procurement law, he displayed a high level of integrity, taught by example and mentored many. He leaves a legacy of understanding and shared his procurement expertise through 50 video sessions entitled “Between 2 Fars.”

He leaves his mother, Renee Mark; sisters, Amy Lonas and her husband, Ken Lonas and Ellen Mark and her husband, Andrew Raymond; niece, Julia Raymond; nephews, Cory Lonas and Nathan Raymond and a great-niece, Mila and great-nephew, Arthur.

One of the ways that Michael gave back was to establish a scholarship at his beloved Franklin & Marshall College. In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory may be made to the Michael I. Mark Endowed Scholarship at or Franklin & Marshall College, Attn: Gift Accounting, P.O.3003, Lancaster, PA 17604-3003.

A Graveside Service will be conducted at 3:00p.m. on Thursday, October 13, 2022 at Albert G. Horton, Jr., Memorial Veterans Cemetery (5310 Milners Rd, Suffolk, VA 23434) with Military Honors by Rabbi Sokol.  Arrangements by Weymouth Funeral Home.

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