Issaquah, Wash. - Mark Allen Bjorkman, 76, formerly of Thief River Falls, passed away Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 in Issaquah, Wash., after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. Mark was born to Lawrence and Thelma (Langlie) Bjorkman, Aug. 16, 1937, in Thief River Falls. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1955. He attended Gustavus Adolphus College and received a BA in economics from the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Mark’s career as an account executive in the paperboard packaging industry took him all over the country. Mark retired to the Gulf Coast of Florida in the 1990s and later moved to Denton, Texas, before making his final home in Issaquah, Wash. Mark was an avid duck hunter and long-time member of the national retriever dog field trialing community. Mark was affectionately known as “Grandpa Duck” to his grandchildren and often greeted them with duck calls.
Mark is survived by daughter Amy (Mike) Reeve of Kirkland, Wash., Amy’s mother Gail Forsberg Bjorkman of Redmond, Wash., step-daughter Andrea (Mark) Ascherl of The Colony, Texas, sister Barbara (Richard) Peterson of Nisswa, and brother David (Gloria) Bjorkman of Thief River Falls. He is also survived by grandchildren Annika and Boden Reeve and Patrick, Paul and Ally Ascherl. Mark was preceded in death by his wife Helen and parents Lawrence and Thelma Bjorkman.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society. A00003B2014FB12