In Memory of

Mark McDonald Harper

I was looking at some the "In Memory" names and noticed there was nothing listed for several of them. I googled Mark, and based on his service to our country, as a class we probably owe him a bit more than a blank after his name.

Mark M. Harper Mark McDonald Harper, 43, formerly of Sioux City, died Sunday, July 26, 1998, following heart surgery. Burial will be Aug. 7 in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C. Mr. Harper was born Sept. 21, 1955, in Sioux City, the son of D.M. and Jeanne (Momsen) Harper. He graduated from Central High School and the University of South Dakota. He served in the U.S. Army with the 82nd Airborne Division. He was in the Special Forces (Green Beret). For a number of years he was commander of a scuba team. He served in Alaska, Europe, South and Central America and Africa, attaining the rank of major. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor of science nursing degree. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, attaining the rank of captain. He was employed as a registered nurse for the State of California. He was a member of the Sioux City Underwater Recovery Squad and attained the highest rank for cadets in the Civil Air Patrol. He was a pilot and an expert marksman, participating in numerous competitions. He was a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Sioux City. Survivors include his wife, Linda; three daughters, Jackie of Virginia, Janine and Alexis, both of California; two brothers, John of Sioux City and Scott of Hawaii; his father and stepmother, Deborah Hanson; two aunts; an uncle; and a cousin.

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10/13/12 03:12 AM #1    

Scott E McGinty

I fondly remember my time with Mark as members of the Army ROTC class at college.  He was highly focused and driven to succeed.  Early on it was apparent he was going to make the service his career.  He always put himself in a position for leadership responsibility.  Whenever you see an eager recruit in a military film, think of him.  That's what I saw in drills, physical training exercises and class.  Reading his obit, it all fits with what I saw --- a take charge personality.

08/07/14 07:05 PM #2    

Rick Dennler

A real nice guy who apparently grew into a great man. Wish I had known him better. RIP

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