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    Mark W. Friese, 1956 ~ 2009

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    Mark passed away unexpectedly in Mesa, Ariz. on May 4, 2009.

    Mark was born in Mesa on Oct. 22, 1956 and grew up there. He graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in bio-agriculture.

    In 1987, he rode his bicycle alone to Jackson, Wyo., where he met his wife Patty. While in Jackson he learned the art of plumbing and established a successful plumbing business in Driggs, Idaho, where he and Patty lived for 17 years.

    In 2003, Mark bought land in Castle Valley, where he built a beautiful home. He and Patty became full-time residents in 2007.

    He loved hiking in the canyons, gardening and growing grapes, but his true love was river running, and living in the community of Castle Valley.

    He is survived by his wife, Patty, sister, Karen Erickson of Fairbanks, Alaska, and several nieces and nephews.

    A celebration of Mark’s life will be held later in the summer. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to your local humane society.

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