Mark B. LeClair died suddenly and unexpectedly Feb. 14, 2019 at home in Huntington Beach, CA. Mark was born on Aug. 31, 1963 to Rosemarie (Milne) and Charles H. (Bear) LeClair in Saginaw, MI. He was dedicated to the Lord as an infant at First Baptist Church Saginaw. Before he was one year old the family moved to the Yakima Valley where they purchased an orchard and farm in Zillah.
Mark attended school in Zillah and graduated from Toppenish High School in 1982. He played varsity basketball and football and swam for the Toppenish Tarpon swim team. He received the award of Outstanding Junior while in high school and aso the Ron Hovis Football award. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Buena, WA and participated in many activities there. He especially liked attending Family Church Camp at Clear Lake.
When he was 7 years old he participated in the Mt. Adams climb as part of Sun Fair and made it to the 9000 ft. level. He always worked on the family farm and for other area farmers while in high school. During college years he worked for Sutaro Togashi, head Entomologist at Del Monte, Toppenish. He obtained a degree in Applied Physics from Linfield College and a Masters in Petroleum Engineering from University of Southern California all within 5 years. He worked for several companies in the oil industry and was currently employed by State of California, Lands Dept. decommissioning the off-shore oil wells and shutting them down.
He was previously married to Annette Lujan and later married Trudy Reed. He was a great father who always helped his kids with numerous Scouting activities. He coached the children’s sports teams and helped them with school projects. Mark and Trudy enjoyed taking long evening walks with the family dogs. He loved his family and enjoyed his job and the people he worked with. He will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Trudy, 5 children – Michelle, Phillip and his son Anthony, Camille, Grace and Mason. He is also survived by his mother, Rosemarie LeClair, South Bend, WA, sister Lisa deMontigny (Eric) and family, South Bend WA, brothers Peter (Corinda) and family, Seattle, and David (Geyla) and family, Budapest, Hungary, and foster sister Pam (Craig) Herrick of Whittier, CA. A viewing will be held Feb. 23, 2019 Saturday, 11 am to 3 pm at Mt. Olive Funeral Home, Costa Mesa, CA. A memorial service will be held in the near future.
Mark had a real concern for Veterans of all ages; especially wounded or deceased vets and their families. Those wishing to make a memorial donation to honor Mark may consider making a donation to: Fisher House - www.fisherhouse.org, Semperfi Fund - www.semperfifund.org, Wounded Warriors Family Services - www.wwfs.org.