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October 29, 1965 - February 22, 2013 NORMAN Mass of Christian Burial for Mr. Mark Alan Montgomery, age 47, of Norman, will begin at 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 1, 2013, at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, 3939 W. Tecumseh Road in Norman. A Prayer Vigil will begin at 7:00 pm, Thursday, February 28, 2013, also at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church. Mark was born October 29, 1965 in Oklahoma City, the son of Dale and Charlotte (Henley) Montgomery. He passed away early Friday morning, February 22, 2013, in Oklahoma City while flying a medic helicopter for Eagle Med. Mark attended public schools in Oklahoma City, graduating from Western Heights High School in 1983. He later enrolled at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation. He was united in marriage to Miss Anke Spitzhorn on January 2, 1987 in Oklahoma City. Mark retired as a Chief Warrant Officer 4 after a very distinguished 23 years in the Army. He was a Master Army Aviator with more than 4,700 safe flight hours, culminating as the Officer in Charge of the Oklahoma Counterdrug Aviation Task Force. Mark was a graduate of the Air Assault Course and was also a distinguished graduate of the Army Flight School Program. During his time in the Army he became a trusted maintenance test pilot for the OH-58 Kiowa. For more than 16 years, Mark excelled as one of the nation's best Counterdrug pilots. His vast awards include the Good Conduct Medal, numerous Army Achievement Medals, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Oklahoma Commendation Medal, and Meritorious Service Medal. One of Mark's most notable achievements, the Clarence R. Clarkson Aviation Safety Medal, was awarded three times for his skill as a pilot. Furthermore, he received top accolades and certificates from local and federal law enforcement such as OBN, the United States Forest Service, Oklahoma State Police, the US Marshals, and the DEA. Ultimately Mark was awarded the Governors Commendation for his many unselfish outstanding acts to reduce illegal drugs in Oklahoma. Mark joined Eagle Med as a pilot in 2011 and quickly rose to Safety Officer and was then promoted Lead Pilot for Eagle Med 7 located in Oklahoma City. Mark was preceded in death by his father, Dale Montgomery and his maternal and paternal grandparents. He is survived by his wife of 26 wonderful years, Anke of the home in Norman, Oklahoma; his two caring daughters, Brandi Montgomery and Courtney Montgomery, both of the home in Norman; his mother, Charlotte Newton of Oklahoma City; one brother, Richard Montgomery of Seagoville, Texas; two sisters, Lisa Torres, and her husband, Scott of Oklahoma City and Dana Holliday, and her husband, Rod of Oklahoma City; his father-in-law, Richard Spitzhorn, and his wife, Irmi, of Mogendorf, Germany; his mother-in-law, Lucia Rech, of Nannhausen, Germany; six nieces, Natalie, Ashleigh, Tiffany, Melissa, Emory and Charlotte G.; three nephews, Dustin, Dylan, and Baylor; and numerous friends and co-workers. Mark was preceded in death by his father, Dale Montgomery and his maternal and paternal grandparents. Burial will conclude in Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery in Norman. Mark Montgomery touched so many lives with his caring and humbling ways. He was the epitome of a Christian with his pure, compassionate, thoughtful, empowering spirit. Mark will be missed by many. Arrangements for Mark and his family were placed in the care of the Vice Family at the Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman.

Published in The Oklahoman on Feb. 27, 2013
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