Saturday, September 13th, 2011
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
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
Pheasants Forever, www.pheasantsforever.org
National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, www.searchdogfoundation.org
Fregoso Outdoor Foundation, www.fregosofoundation.org
[This was taken from the Sacramento Bee newspaper. You may view the
obituary, plus the Online Guestbook, by clicking here.]
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