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26090 Pine Street
Calumet, MI 49913
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Mark Preston

Mark Andrew Preston

Wednesday, November 18, 1964 - Sunday, October 6, 2019
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OBITUARY of Mark A Preston

Mark A. Preston, a retired Coast Guard Master Chief and your friendly neighborhood Aflac agent Quack Quack, unexpectedly passed away on October 6th, 2019 at the age of 54.

He is survived by his children, Jessica and Gerardo Martinez, Anthony and Brittany Preston, Mark and Katelyn Preston Jr, Christopher Preston, and Brody Everest; his grandchildren, Emily Pardee, Jeffrey Pardee, Christopher Pardee, Makayla Pardee, Tyler Preston, Savannah Preston, Kennedy Preston, Emmanuel Martinez, and Daniel Martinez; and his siblings, Gary and Michelle (Warnick) Preston, Arlene Cranford and Brad Flitton, Lisa Preston and Harvey Katzman, Michelle and Andrew Ramos, Nicole and Ryan Ripley, and Julie Preston. He is preceded in death by his mother Theresa Marie Chiarenza and his granddaughter Carson Ava Preston.

Mark was born in Pasadena, CA on November 18th, 1964. He enlisted in the Coast Guard in January 1983, where he served 23 ½ years, retiring July 14th, 2006. While enlisted in the Coast Guard, he conducted several search and rescue missions, and assisted in keeping drugs off our streets by participating in drug recovery missions. He loved his job and retired as a Master Chief in the United States Coast Guard. After retirement, he started working as an Aflac agent. It was important to him that he take care of his clients, whom he saw as family. He did all he could to make sure that their claims ran smoothly and that they didn’t have to worry about filing claims alone during difficult times in their lives.

Mark was a devoted father and grandfather. There was nothing he enjoyed more than playing with his grandkids. Traveling in his RV and spending time in the woods, away from civilization, took a close second to his grandchildren. Mark loved finding ways to save money and living off the grid. One of his accomplishments that he was most proud of, was setting up his own solar panels and windmills for a self-proclaimed power system affectionately known as the Preston Power Plant.

A private service for family and friends will be held on Friday October 11th, 2019. We will also be having a remembrance service in California. TBD

Flowers, donations, and condolences for October 11th, 2019 may be offered at Erickson-Crowley-Peterson Funeral Home 26090 Pine Street, Calumet, MI 49913. (906) 337-4600
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Matthew Skahill

Posted at 10:39pm
So sorry to hear about Mark's passing. I first met him in USCGC CLOVER in 1983-1984. He made quite an impression as a junior Coast Guard member. He worked hard and clearly was an asset to the service. I was so very impressed with him. Fair Winds and Following Seas Mark. Matt


Posted at 04:10pm
We are so shocked and saddened by Mark's unexpected passing. He had been our AFLAC agent for many years. We really enjoyed his visits to our office and the friendly conversation that occurred during those visits. He spoke often and with lots of love about his children and grandchildren, along with his love of getting away and living off the grid in his camper. We will all miss him very much.

Our sincere condolences to the family,
The Keweenaw Family Resource Center staff

Becky Hoekstra

Posted at 07:07pm
I was so shocked to read about Mark's s passing. I only knew him through my place of employment as our AFLAC rep. He was a great guy and a wonderful agent. He had some very interesting stories to tell. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

Kelly Griffin

Posted at 09:08am
He was more than our Aflac agent. He was a wonderful friend! He was always telling us how to live off the grid and how much he was not paying UPPCO! Our project for the Fall was for him to show us how to set up our own windmill and solar panels!

He loved his children and grandchildren. We felt like we knew each of them. He was a very proud father and grandfather.

We grieve with your family, and pray for each of you.

Pastor Thomas and Kelly Griffin

Pastor Thomas and Kelly Griffin and Family

Posted at 08:02am
We are so sorry for your loss. Mark was a great man who will be greatly missed. He loved each of you, and were proud of you all!
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