Mark Alton McCurry
Mark was the son of Watson Alton and Birdie Launa (Wikes) McCurry and the oldest of six children. Mark joined the Navy in 1944 at the young age of 17. During his time in the military, he received the Aasiac Pacific Area Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal and American Campaign Medal. He served on USS Hyman, USS John Weeks and the USS Columbia.
After returning home from the military, he married Margaret Leuzinger. To this union, three children were born: Ronald, Cindy and Vickie. They were later divorced. He then married Dolly Paul and to that union, three sons were born: Ace, Matt and Zan. Dolly and Mark were later divorced. During his life, Mark had a variety of jobs that included truck driving, construction, ranching and farming, some of which allowed Mark to travel to many places. Mark loved being outdoors farming and ranching; however, his true love was sitting horseback working at the feedlot and helping at the Simper arena.
At the young age of 87, or according to Mark 78, he was still working from dawn until dusk for the best boss he ever had, Bob Kunau, and driving the big tractor. We would like to believe that Mark is driving a big tractor in the sky. Mark made friends easily with his smile and whit. He enjoyed his coffee sessions with his many great friends in the Burley area. Connor’s Cafe and Farmer’s Corner were his hot spots. All those people were his great friends and looked after him.
Mark is survived by his five children, Ronald (Sherry) of Anchorage, Alaska, Cindy (Dennis) James of Eagle, Idaho, Vickie Fleming (Steve) of Coolidge, Ariz., Ace (Tammy) of Kuna, Idaho, and Zan of Bend, Ore.; two brothers, one sister and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and one son.
Mark’s easy-going nature and bright smile will be sorely missed by his family and many friends.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 18, at the Morrison-Payne Funeral Home, 321 E. Main St. in Burley, with military honors provided by the Mini-Cassia Veterans Organization. Urn placement will take place at a later date in the Veteran’s Cemetery in Boise. Arrangements are under the direction of Morrison-Payne Funeral Home in Burley.