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Mark Reuben Huber, 65, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the family cabin just outside of Evanston, Wyoming – one of his favorite places!
Mark was born in Brooks, Alberta, Canada, on March 17, 1949, as the second child of Reuben Nicholas and Emily Elizabeth Zaugg Huber. He had grand adventures with his siblings Warren, Curtis, Maria, and Morris and shared many tales of growing up on the farm in Rosemary and the life lessons learned. He loved his Canadian heritage.
As a 19-year-old Mark served as an LDS missionary in Chile and was thrilled last year when his son Michael received a mission call to Chile. Mark looked forward to the possibility of returning to Chile with his son.
Family was everything to Mark. He married Madlyn Hansen on Sept. 12, 1986, in the Logan LDS Temple. Mark was an honest and devoted husband who provided incredible support to his wife. Mark and Madlyn were blessed to adopt three children – Melissa (Sam) Anderson, Michael and Madison. His greatest focus was keeping his family together forever. He pondered deeply on these relationships. Mark loved and longed to live closer to his son and daughter from his first marriage – Jordan (Calgary, Alberta) and Charla (Victoria, BC) – and was honored to be called Grandpa by Charla’s beautiful daughter Soleil.
Mark gathered friends wherever he went. He reached out with confidence and wanted to know each individual’s story. Mark loved children – his own and everyone else’s. He had many young friends who enjoyed riding on his wheelchair and just chatting. Mark was a large man with an even bigger heart of gold. He sometimes acted tough, but anyone who stuck around found out quickly that it was all an act. He was willing to challenge all of us to do better, to be better, which was always what he expected of himself.
Mark loved learning and had a naturally inquisitive mind. He enjoyed posing questions that created discussion. He gained skills in a variety of occupations before settling into his career as a computer guru. He had amazing memories of working on a seismic crew in the Arctic, of driving a milk truck, of doing training at Hill AFB, and, of course, farming.
Mark graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor’s in plant science and a master’s in business information systems. In what he called his second chapter of life, he worked as a computer specialist at CPD at Utah State University. He was dedicated to his work and to the people he served. He officially retired on July 31 and had just started his next adventure.
Mark had a deep and abiding testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the atonement. He was stalwart and never wavered. His example was a beacon for many. It was the deep roots of his testimony that gave him the strength to endure the many health challenges he faced. If asked about his favorite church calling, it was always teaching, adults or children.
Mark is survived by his wife, Madlyn; his children, Jordan, Charla, Melissa, Michael and Madison; his granddaughter Soleil; his siblings, Warren, Curtis, Maria and Morris, along with many nieces, nephews and his extended Hansen family.
Mark’s family would like to thank Dr. Salisbury for his years of service to Mark and the individuals and emergency personnel who assisted his wife at the time of his passing. Because of Mark’s love of missionary work, a donation to the general missionary fund of the LDS church would honor him.
Funeral services will be at noon Monday, Oct. 6, at the Hyde Park 8th Ward Chapel, 480 N. 100 West, with a viewing from 10:30-11:30. There will be a viewing from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, at Nelson Funeral Home, 162 E 400 North in Logan. Interment will follow at the Smithfield City Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed online at www.nelsonfuneralhome.com.