Mark David Parent

Mark Parent

MARQUETTE, MI – Mark David Parent, 54, of Marquette, passed away Thursday evening, September 6, 2018 at his home after suffering from chronic illnesses for over 10 years.

Mark was born on January 28, 1964 in Marquette to the late Harvey and Nancy (Lyons) Parent and was a lifelong area resident.

Mark graduated from Marquette Senior High School in 1982 and then enlisted in the Army National Guard where he ultimately served for 25 years. He received a nursing degree from Northern Michigan University and a physician assistant degree while serving with the Army National Guard.

Mark was formerly employed at Marquette General Hospital, Bell Hospital and the NMU Health Center.

He was a World War II enthusiast, constructing airplane models and tanks in his free time. He also owned Parent Gunsmithing since 2012, but had been a gunsmith for many years.

Mark is survived by his wife, the former Kathy Pool who he married on September 24, 1988 at St. Christopher’s Catholic Church; three children, Tony Parent, Ryan Parent and Samantha Parent, all of Marquette; four siblings, Luke Parent of Virginia Beach, VA, Luanne (Thomas) Wilson of Little Suamico, WI, Thom Parent and Suzanne (Greg) Carrier, both of Marquette; also surviving are several nieces and nephews. Mark loved caring for his five cats who also survive him.

Preceding him in death besides his parents was a brother, Bill Parent.

A time of remembering will take place on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Canale-Tonella Funeral Home in Marquette.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Mark’s family c/o Kathy Parent, 34 Specker Circle, Marquette, MI 49855.

The Canale-Tonella Funeral Home is assisting the Parent family where memories may be shared at canalefuneral.com.