Mark Theron Wiser

  • Born: January 26, 1954
  • Died: September 13, 2021
  • Location: Elk, Washington

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Tribute & Message From The Family

On September 13, 2021, Mark Theron Wiser, son of Theron and Fern Wiser, passed away in his home in Elk, Washington. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn (Kate) T. Wiser; his children, Heather Wiser Soubra, Amber Wiser Thompson, Christopher Nash, and Sara Gardner; and six grandchildren, Julia Al-Akkad, Tala Soubra, Hailey Christy-Loughridge, Jordan Imholt, Alex Thompson and James Thompson; his sister, Lucinda Wiser and brother, Tim Wiser; his stepmother, Katherine Wiser and stepsiblings, Tom Gledhill and Katie Evans.

Mark was born in Salt Lake City, Utah in January of 1954 and became a lifelong student, teacher, and counselor whose impact has spanned several decades across the globe. Mark began his work life as an electrician. He was proud of those skills and used them his entire life as his family and friends can attest. He was a dreamer, deep thinker and a doer. His mind was open and his convictions were fierce. He had depth that was both wise and youthful.

Shortly after getting his degree in English and History from Whitworth University, he accepted a teaching position in Damascus, Syria where he worked at the Damascus Community School for four years. He returned to his hometown, Salt Lake City to continue his education at the University of Utah and shortly after received his Masters Degree. He worked at Hunters Junior High for three years before returning to his home of choice, the Pacific Northwest. He worked at Spokane Mental Health, ESD 101 and Bancroft High School inspiring students for 15 years before he indulged his passion for travel again and created the counseling program at Shanghai Community International School. He worked both as an IB Psychology instructor as well as a counselor for middle school and high school. The majority of his 67 years were spent working as an educator and counselor making life better for his students and the people who sought his help.

Those that knew him well knew he was also a builder. He envisioned, then mapped out and created all kinds of home projects that he designed to delight, and make life easier for, his wife whom he cherished and his dear family. With his infinite creativity and focus, he brought to life many awe inspiring and useful projects from a waterwheel, to a playhouse for his daughters and then one for his granddaughters, and toward the end of his life, a bridge that was nothing short of breath taking.

It is fitting that a suspension bridge be his last and finest achievement. He has left this life having finished it well, enjoying and sharing the fruits of his labor, leaving a better world in his wake.

Thank you for all you have done for us here. You can cross in peace. We will see you on the other side. We love you.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Mark was an incredible man. He was kind, compassionate and so very intelligent. Mark had great passion for his family, friends and life. He was so inventive and mechanical in his passion in creating his projects, such as his generating a water wheel and his amazing suspension bridge. Mark was incredibly kind and empathetic to all who knew him. We also thank him for his service on our lake & adding carp, which saved our lake from milfoil, which we still have the seeds presently. Thanks Mark for being part of the OFBC & for being such a great friend. We will miss you. Mike & Nan BulishT

Posted by Michael Bulish - Elk, WA - Friend   September 19, 2021

I had the pleasure to work with Mark in a middle school setting in Utah. Mark was the school counselor at the time and we became fast friends. He was respected by all our students and staff members and was after that person who could bring resolution to difficult situations.
Mark will be greatly missed but his positive contributions and influence one thousands of students will live on.

Posted by David Gourley - Bountiful - Friend   September 16, 2021

What a beautiful tribute and the perfect photograph. I would know that smile anywhere! Younger cousins can be an annoyance, but you were always so sweet to me. One of my favorite times with you was the summer I spent in Mexico City
with you, your mom and Cin. What were we thinking! I think you were barely 17 and not only did you drive us all the way there, but you were given the responsibility to keep Cin and I out of trouble. As I recall we did not make that easy:)
You chased cockroaches out of the shower, you protected us from the local boys (even when we did not want you to) and you explained that the construction workers, who called out to us in Spanish, were not saying good morning.
I have so many wonderful memories of you. I will cherish them my dear cousin. I love you!

Posted by Thrella Walk - Park City, UT - Family   September 15, 2021

I am so saddened by Mark's passing. He was a wonderful man and I have such great memories of my time with him at Church in the Park. My heart goes out to his wife and family. He was a blessing to us all.

Posted by Ann Garrett - Monrovia, CA - Friend   September 15, 2021

Marc Rest In Peace. You have been the best father in law that anyone can ask for, always kind and loving towards me and the family . I love you and thank you for trusting me with the jewel you left my love Heather that I will always cherish.

Posted by Tarek Soubra - Mclean, VA - Family   September 15, 2021