|Birth: ||Sep. 1, 1950|
|Death: ||May 28, 2001|
~ TRIBUTE TO AN ARCHAEOLOGIST ~
Mark passed away suddenly of natural causes at his home on Memorial Day, As a child, he lived in Tokyo, and also in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Lompoc, California, and at the San Francisco Presidio. He graduated from Lowell High School in San Francisco and then enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley.
Mark published a book of poetry entitled, "Lighthouse for Nightbirds" in 1984. He wrote under the name of Night Eagle, and continues to be known by that name by many of his friend. He moved to the Greenfield Ranch in the early 1970s, purchasing 60 acres of land beneath Eagles Peak. His land was his "queen" in the chess game of life. He protected his land; refusing to cut his old growth trees, and encouraging neighbors to protect their trees as well. He maintained his streams so that they were healthy places for steelhead to spawn, and he protected the archaeological sites found on his property.
Mark earned a B.A. degree in Anthropology from Sonoma State University in the mid-1990s, and had been working toward an M.A. degree in Anthropology at San Jose State University. He planned to write a thesis on the archaeology of the Masut Pomo, and had already conducted excavations as part of his research. He became an Associate State Archaeologist with CDF in Santa Rosa in 1995.
Although Mark's career as an archaeologist was relatively brief; he was a tremendous public archaeologist, who dedicated much of his life toward educating those around him to the values of archaeology.
Mark was an avid fan of both the San Francisco Giants and the Grateful Dead. He also enjoyed playing chess and was a Renaissance man in many ways.
He is survived by his wife, Deborah McLear-Gary of Ukiah, and his brothers, Louis and Ben Gary of San Francisco.
On June 25, 2001, a memorial service was held for Mark at Harrison Grove, Low Gap Park, in Ukiah. Approximately 150 friends, family, colleagues, co-workers, and neighbors attended. CDF sent an Honor Guard, a bagpiper, and a large number of employees. There was live music, and many, many tearful stories. Archaeologists Daniel Foster, Thomas Layton, Francis Berg, and the author were among the speakers who spoke about Mark. At the conclusion of the service, the bagpiper (CDF Forester Charlie Martin) began playing "Amazing Grace," and then slowly walked away. An eerie silence fell across all those present as we listened to the music slowly fading away. Such is life.
Mark will be missed by many but he will never be forgotten.
Created by: KASSIOPEIA
Record added: Oct 26, 2012
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