Mark Anthony Barnard, 58 of Hermiston, Oregon passed away peacefully at his home on July 18, 2019 surrounded by his family.
Mark was born the youngest of seven children, to Howard and Elsie Barnard on February 10, 1961 at American Falls, Idaho. He grew up in Aberdeen, Idaho except for a short time that the family lived in Blackfoot. He graduated Aberdeen High School in 1979. Mark went to Casper, Wyoming for a brief period after high school, before moving to Montana where he did farm work and drove truck. He moved to Oregon in 1985 where he did farm work and attended Blue Mountain Community College. He completed his degree in Diesel Mechanics in 1987 and has worked in the diesel truck field for the past 30 years as a mechanic, parts sales and management both in parts retail and truck dealership.
Mark married Brenda Lee Barnard of Moscow, Idaho on September 7, 1985. They raised 3 children on a small acreage near Hermiston, Oregon where Mark was able to continue his love of farming, raising hay, and livestock.
Mark began his walk with God in June of 1977 at a church convention at Chugwater, Wyoming. 2 Timothy 4:7 is truly Mark’s testimony of his walk with God through his last day here. “I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.”
Mark was preceded in death by his sister Yvonne, parents Howard and Elsie Barnard and his nephew, Alan Briggs. He is survived by his wife, Brenda, children Kiersten and husband Corey Geck of Silverton, Oregon, Taleah Barnard and significant other Jacob Bradshaw of Walla Walla, Washington and Ryan Barnard at the home in Hermiston; and 3 grandchildren Bryson, Jade and Tess. Also surviving him are his sisters Saundra Jones of Ammon, Idaho, Garoldene Hetrick of Chubbuck, Idaho; brothers Keith Barnard of Cotopaxi, Colorado, Joel Barnard of Fife, Washington and Lynn Barnard of Elko, Nevada in addition to their spouses; 9 nieces 5 nephews, 5 grand-nieces and 11 grand nephews. He was greatly loved and will be greatly missed.
The family would like to thank Mark’s caregivers Yesenia Renteria, Devyn Tarvin, Carissa Bankston, Jennifer Bankston and sister-in-law, Larissa LaBolle as well as Vange John Memorial Hospice for the loving care they gave him.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday July 23, 2019 at the Hermiston Assembly of God Church 730 Hurlburt Avenue Hermiston, OR 97838. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements. Following the service there will be a time for food and refreshments and a opportunity for fellowship and sharing stories at the church.
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Memorial donations may be made to the ALS Association of Oregon and SW Washington. 700 NE Multnomah Street, Suite 210, Portland, or 97232
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