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LTC Mark Weber, 41

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Mark M. Weber, age 41, of Rosemount, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, June 13, embraced by love and a view of his beloved garden.

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Mark was born in St. Paul, Minn., on July 30, 1971. He graduated high school from Cretin-Derham Hall in 1989. Mark went on to major in history at Mankato State University. It was in Mankato where he met the love of his life, Kristin Coughlin. They married on April 7, 1994. Mark and Kristin grew their family into five with three wonderful sons: Matthew (17), Joshua (12), and Noah (12).

Mark dedicated his life to being a husband, father, soldier, and friend. He proudly adorned the Army uniform and selflessly served his country. Mark had a passion for learning, debating, and gaining new perspectives. Mark was a natural-born leader. His strong sense of humility, overt desire to serve, and ability to challenge people to be better was a strong part of his character. Proof of these attributes came to fruition when he received the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award in 2002.

Spending time and laughing with friends and family, going to movies with the boys, and working endlessly landscaping and gardening were Mark's ideal ways to spend his time. It was common to find Mark flying pancakes in the air on Sunday mornings for Kristin and the boys.

In July of 2010, Mark was diagnosed with intestinal cancer. He fought the disease, as any soldier would, for 3 years while living his life to the fullest possible. Putting his leadership skills in action during his battle with cancer, Mark got involved with Outward Bound and The Mission Continues; two non-profit programs that he whole-heartily knew would change the world. He also carved out time to write a book for his sons, which debuted on the New York Times bestseller list the morning of his passing.

Lieutenant Colonel Mark Weber enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1989 as a military police soldier. He attended ROTC at Mankato State and was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in 1994. LTC Weber's military career spanned 24 years, and he held numerous positions from platoon level to the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. LTC Weber's awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star (for combat service in Iraq), Meritorious Service Medal (5th Award), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Combat Action Badge (for direct combat with the enemy), Airborne and Air Assault Badges among numerous others. LTC Weber's final assignment prior to his untimely death was the Director of Strategic Communication for the Minnesota National Guard.

Survived by his wife, Kristin; sons, Matthew, Joshua, and Noah; parents, Dennis and Illean Weber; three brothers; extended family and countless friends.

Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 21, at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd., Apple Valley. A visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at Easter Lutheran Church, 4545 Pilot Knob Rd., Eagan, as well as 1 hour prior to the service Friday morning. Interment, Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers.

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