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In loving memory

Mark Andrew Histed
December 7, 1981 - April 25, 2010

Salem- Mark Andrew Histed was born on December 7, 1981 at St. Mary’s hospital in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England, the youngest child of George E. and Mira L. Histed.
Mark moved with his family to Madison, Wisconsin in 1985 and there began his educational journey. He attended Edgewood Campus School until 1994 when the family settled in Salem, Oregon. There he attended Judson Middle School and Sprague High School, graduating with the class of 2000. He spent most of the “gap” year following high school backpacking around New Zealand and Australia. Returning to reality with his feet back on the ground, Mark focused on furthering his education. He attended Western Oregon University and later transferred to Willamette University where he received a Bachelor’s degree in History in 2007.
Mark’s love of history and travel began at a very early age. Before even reaching his second birthday, he had played on beaches in Spain and Portugal and walked along the Rhine River in Switzerland. In the coming years, he could be found touring Windsor Castle or watching the “Trooping of the Colors” at Buckingham Palace. He climbed the stadium steps at Delphi, stared in wonder at the Acropolis and explored ancient ruins on Andros Island. He rode the white water rapids of the Salmon River in Idaho, saw bears in Yellowstone Park and lived again the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Mark traveled to Oshima Island off the coast of Japan to visit the first Christian Church established there by his Great Grandmother, missionary Anna Setterlund. But, the true highlight of his Japanese trip was bathing in a communal bath with his father (his mother wouldn’t go).
Life’s road was not always smooth for Mark. He was born with a defective aortic heart valve which would prohibit his participation in competitive sports and would ultimately be a contributing factor in his death. At the age of 19, a large benign tumor was removed from the base of Mark’s spine. This left him with a weakened back and chronic, often severe pain. Under stress, Mark suffered from anxiety attacks but had successfully gotten them under control.
Since Mark could not play contact sports, he turned to music. He started piano lessons at age 5 and, by the age of 10, was filling the house with the sound of Beethoven and Bach. During his teen years, Mark’s musical interests turned to the guitar and he could strum it beautifully right up to the end.
In 2003, Mark married his high school sweetheart, Jennifer Phillips. Although the marriage ended, it produced what Mark considered his “greatest achievement”, his beautiful daughter, Audrey Ann.
In search of a new beginning, Mark moved to Loveland, Colorado in 2008. He joined Walgreen Corp. as a pharmaceutical tech and, soon after, was promoted to an assistant manager position. In September of 2009, Mark and his fiancé, Jenna Rady, purchased their first home and moved in with their dog, Isabel.
Mark had recently been treated for a bacterial infection, most likely caused from a spider bite on his leg. The bacteria was resistant to antibiotics and treatment continued for several weeks. Unfortunately, the bacteria had become attached to Mark’s defective aortic valve and entered the blood stream, finding its way to the blood vessels in the brain. In the early morning of April 24, Mark suffered a massive and fatal brain hemorrhage.
Mark was welcomed into Heaven by his grandparents, Royal and Rosa Nakano and George “Fred” and Emily “Min” Histed. His Godfather, Paul Garrick and Uncles, Terry Parker and Willis Clark had also gone before him. Waiting to join Mark are his loving parents, George and Mira Histed, brothers, Robin (Stephanie) Histed and Derek Histed, sister, Sarah (Gurdip) Shergill, daughter Audrey Ann Histed, former wife, Jenni Histed, nephew Sebastian Histed, and nieces, McKenna Histed and soon-to-arrive baby Shergill. He also leaves behind his Godmother, Marjorie Garrick, aunts, Pam Parker, Margaret (Ray) Ward, and Lorraine Clark and uncles, Jim (Ruth) Baumgartner and Doug Nakano, many cousins and his fiancé, Jenna Rady.
Even in death, Mark continued his giving ways by providing a chance of life to at least three others. This is the ray of light that filters through the darkness created by Mark’s passing. In his brief 28 years, “Markie” brought endless joy, laughter, comfort, hope and pride to his family and those fortunate enough to have known him.
A celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 7, 2010 at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service, 605 Commercial St. SE, Salem, OR. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Mark’s name to the Royal S. Nakano Scholarship, Office of University Relations, Willamette University, 900 State St., Salem, OR 97301 or a charity of your choice.
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