Mark's Obituary

Saturday, September 13th, 2011

Mark Cooper

Mark Cooper
Mark Cooper
El Dorado Hills resident and Sacramento native Mark Cooper, 59, passed away on September 5, 2011, in the company of family and friends. Mark was a Deputy Chief for Cal-Emergency Management Agency (CAL-EMA) and a retired Assistant Fire Chief of the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District. Mark began his career in the fire service with the Arcade Fire Department as a firefighter in 1974 where he served 31 years. During his tenure the district went through three significant mergers of which Mark played a leadership role. Mark's career was marked with several promotions: Apparatus Engineer in 1978, Captain in 1983, Battalion Chief in 1989 and Assistant Chief in 1994. In those ranks he served in field operations as well as the Director of Training and Fire Marshal. In December, 2000, American River Fire merged with the Sacramento County Fire District, becoming the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District. Mark was appointed as the first commander of the B Platoon responsible for all field operations for the newly created district. Mark retired as an Assistant Chief of the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District in January, 2005. Mark was appointed by CAL-EMA as an Assistant Chief in August, 2006, and was assigned to Communications and promoted to Deputy Chief in June, 2010. Mark was highly regarded in the fire service and an inspiration to young firefighters. Mark taught fire science courses as an Adjunct Professor at American River College.

Mark graduated from Hiram Johnson High School 1969, Sacramento City College in 1973 and American River 1977 with Associate degrees and a Bachelors of Science Degree from Sacramento State College in 1981. He was also a certified Chief Officer with the California State Board of Fire Services.

Mark loved his Labrador retrievers, dark chocolate, and had a tremendous passion for the great outdoors, hunting and quad riding. Mark not only mentored firefighters, he also mentored many kids and adults with his passion for hunting and the outdoors.

Mark is survived by his wife Marcia; their yellow Labradors, Chase and Spencer; his mother Doris Urban; his sister Marilyn Cooper and brother-in-law Glenn Hebert.

A Celebration of Life will be held on September 16th at 10:30 A.M. at the City of Citrus Heights Community Center, located at 6300 Fountain Square Drive, Citrus Heights. Following the Celebration of Life ceremony, there will be a barbeque lunch. The family is requesting casual dress for this occasion.

Donations in lieu of flowers are requested for the following charitable organizations:
Pheasants Forever,
National Disaster Search Dog Foundation,
Fregoso Outdoor Foundation,

[This was taken from the Sacramento Bee newspaper. You may view the same obituary, plus the Online Guestbook, by clicking here.]

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