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Mark Edward Connell

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Theresa Church for Mark Edward Connell. Mark’s heart surrendered to congestive heart failure on April 18, 2005, at his home in South Lake Tahoe. He was 49 years young.

Mark, along with his twin brother, Matt, was born April 26, 1955, to Ed and Pat Connell in Taft, Calif. He attended junior high and high school in Fresno, Calif., and graduated from Hoover High School in 1973, with academic and athletic awards. He lettered in football, wrestling and swimming the three years he attended.

Mark’s love for snow skiing brought him to Tahoe in 1975, where he began his 16-year “skiing” career at Heavenly. He did everything from ski patrol, slope maintenance and summer trail crew to snow blowing.

Mark, always willing to lend a helping hand, “picked up” Michelle in 1978 when she was stranded on the side of the road, which began their life’s journey together.

In August 1992 Mark became employed with the South Tahoe Public Utility District, also known as “The District.” He worked in water service for 13 years. His knowledge of computer programs and his willingness to assist co-workers and customers was always greatly appreciated. His enthusiasm and work ethic led to his being Employee of the Year 1997-1998, an honor bestowed upon him by his peers. He will be missed.

Mark loved the great outdoors and enjoyed water skiing at the crack of dawn, camping with great friends, skiing with the boys, diving with his best buddies and golfing with whomever gave him the most strokes.

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Mark is survived by Michelle, his “spousal equivalent” of 26 years; father, Ed Connell; brothers, Dan and Matt; and sister, Janice. He was preceded in death by his mother, Pat. Mark leaves behind a loving family and a lifetime of friends, who will never forget the fun memories and the dependable friend he was to all. Aloha!

In lieu of flowers donations in Mark’s name may be made to the American Heart Association for congestive heart disease research.

Arrangements are by McFarlane Mortuary.

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