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Mark Ray Thorne

August 16th, 1955 - April 30th, 2024

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." -Mahatma Gandhi

Mark Thorne, a man whose compassion and generosity were as wide as Oregon's vast landscapes, passed away on April 30th, 2024. Born in Newberg, OR, on August 16th, 1955, Mark lived a full, memorable, and influential life for 68 years, most of which were spent in his beloved hometown. A smart and resilient individual, Mark was a beacon of hope and inspiration to those who has the privilege of knowing him. As Albert Einstein once said, “Only a life lived for others if a life worthwhile,” and Mark embodied this philosophy in every aspect of his life. 


Mark was a man of many talents and interests. He had a deep love for his Harley, sharing thrilling rides with friends, and undertaking adventurous journeys to Sturgis most years. His resilience shone through his daring bike rides, testing the limits of the open road and basking in the freedom it brought. Away from the roar of his Harley, Mark found tranquility in woodworking, crafting beautiful pieces that reflected his smart and creative mind. He also took great pride in maintaining his yard, a testament to his hard work and dedication. Mark's drive for knowledge was insatiable, as evidenced by the numerous certificates from various online schools he meticulously collected throughout his life. 


What truly defined Mark, however, was his unwavering commitment to help family and friends. His compassionate nature and generous spirit were the cornerstones of his character. He believed that if he was capable of offering aid, is was his responsibility to do so. This sentiment was captured beautifully by Mahatma Gandhi who said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Mark lived this philosophy, his life a testament to his profound generosity. 


Mark is survived by his daughter Elisabeth Heurung, son Timothy Thorne, granddaughters Alannis Hopkins and Aurelia Heurung, and grandson Tylre McGee. He is preceded in death by his father Robert Thorne and mother Cletis Thorne. 


Mark's life was a tapestry of memorable moments and meaningful relationships. We invite you to share your memories and photos of Mark on the memorial page. Your tributes will help to paint a complete picture of the extraordinary life that Mark led. As we mourn his loss, let us also celebrate his life, remembering the compassionate, generous, smart, and resilient man that he was.

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