“Trudi and I were deeply saddened to hear about Mark’s passing. He was a lifelong public servant who was devoted to his community and his family. He was a mentor to many people, and he worked with both Republicans and Democrats with ease and tenacity. Former legislative colleagues have said that he was one of the best budget writers the Senate has ever seen.
“Mark was always focused on protecting natural resources, from forests to fish, for everyone. When he left the legislature, he went on to lead the Washington Forest Protection Association. Generations of Washingtonians, who might never know Mark’s name, will benefit from his leadership on behalf of our forests.
“Mark will be greatly missed in Olympia and throughout our state. Our hearts are with his family and friends.”