Mark Alexander Tenn was born in New York on July 5, 1989. He spent much of his childhood in Florida, but ultimately found his home in the West. He was always an adventurer, and he spent many summers exploring new places – whether taking a road-trip across the US or backpacking overseas. He was never afraid to travel alone, knowing that he would meet new people and form deep friendships with fellow travelers along the way.
After completing an undergraduate degree in history at the University of Central Florida, Mark moved to Colorado in 2012 to be closer to the lands that deeply inspired him. Mark settled in the West because it brought him closer to so much of what he loved – hiking, skiing, camping, and exploring the outdoors. He cared deeply for the wilderness, our environment, and the land. He was most at peace when he was close to nature – whether camping beneath the stars, hiking a 14er, or caring for his vegetable garden. He spent time working for the State of Colorado and surveying Staunton State Park. He wanted to pursue a career in geographic information systems to better understand our earth and people’s connection to it.
He was also passionate about music and the joy it could bring to people’s lives. Many of his journeys were to experience a new venue or listen to a performance live for the first time. He loved to be around others and share his passion for music – whether at a concert or a party.
Most of all, Mark cared deeply about others. He wanted to make the most of life and share wonderful experiences with the people he met along the way. But he always made time for those in need and showed tremendous compassion for those who were struggling. He passed away far too soon on September 19, 2020, but Mark’s adventurous spirit and passion for living will live on through those he met.
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