April 6, 1966 - Feb. 16, 2018
A memorial service will be held at a later date and time to be announced for Mark Edward Handsaker, who died Feb. 16, 2018 in Portland.
Mark was born April 6, 1966 in Bandon, one of the last babies delivered at the old Bandon Hospital. He was the son of Earl and Norma Handsaker.
He attended Bandon School District schools and Bandon Pacific Christian School, graduating from there in 1984. Growing up he attended Pacific Community Church. Most of his adult life he was a member of PCC. At the time of his death he was attending Langlois Community Church.
In 1987 he joined the U.S. Army and served meritoriously in Germany and other theaters. He was a veteran of Desert Storm, serving as a member of the ground forces. His assignment included driving military transport vehicles in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
After his service, Mark returned home to Bandon. He enjoyed the outdoors, the woods, mountains and ocean. He liked to fish the rivers and lakes. He liked working with his hands, making beautiful walking sticks to give away. His passion was welding. He was an amateur photographer, loving to take photographs of the Oregon Coast. He had a fondness for animals, domesticated and wild. His love for children was well noted and culminated in his becoming a father in his early 30s.
He loved being alone in nature, but liked talking to people, even complete strangers. He was mischievous, liking a good joke, but at the same time being kind.
He loved the Lord and savior Jesus Christ and at the end of his life expressed a desire to “see the Lord."
He is survived by his son, MacKenzie Handsaker; daughter, Megan Handsaker; mother, Norma Handsaker; sister, Sandra Handsaker; brother and sister-in-law, Lance and Sue Handsaker; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and cousins, aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his father, Earl Handsaker; stepdaughter, Alyssa King; and son, David Handsaker.
The family suggests memorials be made in Mark’s name to the Bandon Historical Society Museum because of his love of Bandon.
Arrangements are under the direction of Amling Schroeder Funeral Service, Bandon.