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Mark Edward Cooley, 55, died April 9, 2014, with his family by his side at their home in Des Moines, Wash. He was born in Portland, Ore., on April 10, 1958. He grew up in Butteville, Ore., on the Willamette River, and graduated from North Marion High School.
He enjoyed wrestling on the high school team, riding motorcycles, and water skiing. He attended California State University Long Beach, where he was a member of one of the first collegiate water ski teams.
Mr. Cooley was an entrepreneur, according to his family. He moved to Ketchikan, where he operated three businesses — Sound Performance Center and the Banana Zone at Plaza Port West, and Exposures — from May 1985 through June 1992. While in Ketchikan, he met Brenda Ness, and the couple were married on Aug. 24, 1986, in Ketchikan.
They relocated to central Oregon and opened Cascade Satellite and RV parks in Culver, Ore., and Prairie City, Ore.
"He was fun-loving, caring, loyal and hard-working," his family writes. "Mark was a devoted husband and loving father who adored his children and they him. Mark lived for music and the outdoors. He was an adventurer who enjoyed discovering new places to go boating, fishing, hiking and camping. Spending time with his family and friends was his favorite past time. His son and daughters were his "proudest achievements."
Mr. Cooley is survived by his wife, Brenda Ness Cooley; daughters, Katelyn Cooley and Madelyn Cooley; son, Curtiss Cooley; parents, Curt and Judy Cooley; sisters, Lisa (Pat) Bizon of Hubbard, Ore., Jill (Paul) Kahle of Aurora, Ore., and Annemarie Davis of Portland, Ore.; and many cousins, aunts, nieces, nephews and friends.
A celebration of his life will be at 1 p.m., April 26, 2014, at Des Moines Beach Park Auditorium, 22030 Cliff Ave. S, Des Moines, Wash.