Longtime Routt County resident Mark Alan Dernay died July 23, 2006, at his home in Stagecoach. He was 48.
Mark was born Jan. 14, 1958, in Harvey, Ill., to John and Jane Dernay. He grew up on a farm in Hebron, Ill., where he developed his love for farming and the outdoors.
At age 12, his favorite uncle, Conrad, gave him his first gun, and this started Mark's lifelong love for shooting sports.
After graduating from high school and working his own farm for two years, Mark accepted an invitation from a good friend, Bruce, to visit Colorado. As they say, the rest is history.
Denver led to Steamboat Springs, where Mark opened All Tech Glass, which he built into a successful 20-year business.
At his 25th class reunion in Indiana, Mark was re-connected with one of his classmates. After a two-year, long-distance romance, they were married July 7, 2003, in Jamaica. His wife, Cindy, and her two sons, Chris and Michael, became Mark's family.
Mark was an avid outdoorsman. He loved hunting, fishing, panning for gold and anything that had to do with the mountains. Mark was a longtime member and officer of the Steamboat Gun Club and was the recipient of numerous trophies and awards. Mark was proud to achieve the designation of sharpshooter.
Mark treasured hiss friends, and anybody who knew Mark and fit into that category had a friend for life that they could count on through thick or thin. He was a rare commodity.
Mark fought a valiant battle against cancer, and he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Mark is survived by his wife, Cindy; her two sons, Chris and Michael Seufert; his parents, John and Jane Dernay of Steamboat Springs; his sister, Yvonne Connett and her husband, Gib; and nephews, John and Jeffrey Connett of Steamboat Springs.