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Mark Steven Huber

Mark Steven Huber: 1958 – 2024

Mark Steven Huber, 65, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, passed away peacefully in his sleep of a heart attack on February 6, 2024. Mark was born on November 2,1958, to Ruben and Arlene (Kracht) Huber in Wagner, South Dakota.

Mark graduated from Andes Central High School in 1977. He continued his education at the School of Mines in Rapid City, South Dakota, earning a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1981 and later obtaining a master’s degree in engineering.

During his high school years, he set track records in the One-Mile, Two-Mile, and Medley Runs and set the One-Mile state record in 1977, at four minutes and 24 seconds. He was a member of the 1973 VFW Teeners State Baseball Championship Team.

He was a leader on the School of Mines track and cross county teams and established school records in the 1500m run (3:55.34) in 1979 and the 5000m (14:24.80) and the 10,000m (31:51.84) in 1981. He was the South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference 5000m and 10,000m champion in 1981, and Mark was inducted into the South Dakota School of Mines Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.

Mark and his college teammates received the Governor’s Award of Valor from Governor Bill Janklow for their heroic efforts in safely rescuing a family whose car had rolled down a steep embankment in the mountains of Colorado. Mark’s beloved coach and mentor, Jack Hunter, led the rescue and later discovered that the seven-year-old boy, who was expertly moved up the steep embankment via a rigged up bodyboard made of floor mats and belts, survived a broken leg and a broken neck.

Mark began his career in Bremerton, Washington, where he served as an engineer at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyards. He later played a pivotal role as a forerunner in GPS technology, being among the earliest individuals trained to utilize GPS for locating oil reserves, initially in Wyoming and later in the Gulf of Mexico. Next Mark embraced the open road, spending years traversing the country behind the wheel of his 18-wheeler, and later hauling for the oil industry, first in Texas and eventually settling in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Mark set the tone for adventure and athleticism in the family. The many family triathlon teams were most competitive when he was the designated runner. He cared deeply about big things, he loved to play, to laugh, and to be in the moment. He loved to run marathons, fish, camp, golf, ski, snowboard, bike ride, and his risk taking included a few close calls such as losing his fingernails to break a rock climbing fall and getting caught in a storm in his kayak on the Pacific ocean. He was a postcard uncle which included aggressive sledding on the hill near Fort Randall Dam in Pickstown, almost running a sail boat ashore at Lake Okoboji with Tyler, and secretly allowing Michael to drive his Eagle Talon. He once built a makeshift tennis net out of rugs and ropes.

His nieces describe him as an agent out in the world reporting back about beaches, mountains, and open wild places.

As an active church leader, mentor, and lay pastor, he served as a witness to his deep Christian faith to everyone in each of his church communities.

Mark will be fondly remembered for his kindness, intellect, and unwavering dedication to his friends and family. He leaves behind a legacy of his Christian faith, integrity, perseverance, and love that will continue to inspire those who knew him.

He is survived by his four siblings: Scott Huber (Mary Dold), Sandra (Tom) Henry, Jerry Huber, all of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Cindy Huber Reynders, Duluth Minnesota; nephews: Tyler (Laurie) Leonard, Bloomington, Minnesota, Michael (Kayli) Leonard, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; nieces: Brooke Leonard, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Erin (Andy) Kreeger, Duluth, Minnesota, Lauren Reynders, Rock Springs, Wyoming, and Brittany (Matt) James, Rapid City, South Dakota; grand-nieces-and-nephews: Raena Brendtro, Grace Leonard, Blake and Jack Moeckly, Lewis and Howard Leonard, Arden Kreeger, Emmery and Etta James, and Maya Leonard; and his faith community, many cousins and their extended families. 

Mark was preceded in death by his parents, Ruben and Arlene (Kracht) Huber.

Funeral service information: Saturday, Feb 17, 2024 from 11:00 a.m. to1:00 p.m. at Family Harvest Church, 320 W 23rd St Main Sanctuary/Fellowship Hall, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001 — Schrader, Aragon & Jacoby Funeral Home, Cheyenne. Internment and Memorial service at a later date in the spring in Lake Andes, South Dakota.

Carolyn Y. Brown: 1947 – 2024

Carolyn Y Brown, a beloved mother, sister, grandmother, and friend, passed away peacefully on January 28, 2024, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. She was born on February 5, 1947, in Car, Colorado. Carolyn’s passing leaves a void in the lives of those who knew and loved her deeply.

Carolyn is survived by her loving children: Charlotte Harvey, Chrystal Brown, and Russell Brown. Her sister Kathryn Duffy was not only family but also a dear friend to Carolyn throughout her life. Carolyn cherished her role as a grandmother and leaves behind several cherished grandchildren: James Brown, Aaron Brown, Jayden Harvey, Jessica Salazar, and Christopher Zwetzig. Additionally, Carolyn was blessed with two great-grandchildren who brought immense joy to her life.

Born into this world on a cold winter’s day in Car, Colorado, Carolyn quickly made an impact on those around her. She possessed a warm spirit that radiated kindness and compassion. Throughout her life’s journey, she touched the lives of many with her gentle nature and loving presence.

Carolyn had many passions throughout her life. One of her greatest joys came from being a devoted mother to Charlotte, Chrystal, and Russell. Her unwavering love and support guided them through life’s challenges and accomplishments. Carolyn instilled in them values of perseverance and kindness that they carry with them today.

As a grandmother, Carolyn showered her grandchildren with love and affection. Whether it was attending their sporting events or celebrating their academic achievements, she was always their biggest cheerleader. Every hug she shared provided comfort and reassurance to those who needed it most.

Beyond her role within the family unit, Carolyn forged lasting friendships that stood the test of time. Her joyful spirit attracted people from all walks of life. Those fortunate enough to call her a friend were met with unwavering loyalty and unconditional love.

Carolyn appreciated the beauty of the world around her. She often found solace in nature, venturing out into the great outdoors to admire its wonders. Whether it was a peaceful stroll along a scenic trail or simply sitting outside to feel the warmth of the sun on her face, she found immense joy in these simple moments.

While we mourn Carolyn’s physical absence, we take solace in knowing that her spirit will live on through the memories she created and the love she shared. Her legacy exemplifies the power of compassion, resilience, and the importance of cherishing those we hold dear.

In honoring Carolyn Y. Brown’s life, let us remember the unwavering love and light she brought into this world. May her memory inspire us to embrace each day with gratitude and treat others with kindness. She will be forever missed but never forgotten.

Rest in peace, Carolyn Y. Brown.