It is with sadness that we announce the loss of another classmate, Mark Curtis Sleasman, who was known to most of us as Curt. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Margaret, and to his family. His complete obituary may be viewed on our regular obituary page as well as below.
Mark Curtis Sleasman
Mark Curtis Sleasman passed away Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at Providence hospital in Everett, WA due to complications of pneumonia and COPD. He was born in Bellingham on October 12, 1946 to Sid H. and Dorothy M. (Holmes) Sleasman. He, along with his wife owned and operated Sleasman Statuary for 35 years. He was a member of Teamsters #231 and drove dump trucks for 35 years, retiring from Lakeside Industries in Anacortes, WA in October 2008. He was a lifetime member of the VFW and served in the Navy as a gunner’s mate on the USS Oklahoma City and USS Providence during the Viet Nam War. He was an extremely hard worker, a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He had a great sense of humor and was the muse for his wife’s writings; every time either he or she did something stupid, he would say, “Go write about that!” He loved his family and his many friends, especially best friends Bill LaPlante, Bob Danielson, and Greg Mumford. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dorothy & Sid; son, Paul LeRoy Olsen, Jr.; daughter Elizabeth Sue Sleasman and grandson Mark Curtis Sleasman, II. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Margaret; sons, Curt “Crash” Sleasman of Bellingham; Bill (Samantha) Sleasman, of Ferndale; John Anthony Olsen of Portland, OR; and Shane Parker of Bellingham. Daughter-in-law, Carol Olsen; grandchildren, Joshua James and Amber Ruth Olsen all of LaFayette, OR; grand-daughter, Kayla Dawn Sleasman of Spokane: grandchildren, Emma & Gabriel Gray of Ferndale; and grandchildren Sidney & Parker Sleasman of Bellingham; Brother, Dale (Darlene) Sleasman of Ferndale; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Many thanks to the Staff at St. Joseph’s, Skagit Valley, and Providence hospitals, to the Paramedics of Whatcom county and the EMT’s of Northwest Ambulance for going above and beyond in their care for him. In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the , and a vote supporting our fire and emergency services. Services will be announced at a later date.