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Mark Ahumada

January 11, 1961 - November 17, 2017


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Mark David Ahumada – January 11, 1961 – November 17, 2017

Mark, at the age of 56 passed away surrounded by his family & friends on November 17, 2017.

Mark was a proud San Francisco native.  He attended Cleveland Elementary, Balboa & Downtown High.  He also did a stint at John O’Connell that he loved to talk about.

He met and married his beloved wife Kathy (Hanley) in San Francisco and they were together for a fun and adventurous 25 years.

He has joined his father Ignatius and mother Dora Lulu (Lien) in their heavenly home along with his grandparents and many aunts and uncles.

He is survived by his big brothers – Jeff Skale and sister in law Jeannie (Sarouhan) and Gary Ahumada and sister in law Maggie (Valencia).  He will be missed by his in-laws – Lew Sarouhan, Pat & Laura (Bottarini) Hanley and Dan & Donna (Bottarini) Hanley and his father in law Patrick Hanley.  He was loved and admired by his nephews and nieces – Brandon & Rozana (Ceballos) and Brett Skale, Nick, Teresa & Marcus Ahumada, Jeremy & Chloe (Ballard), Krysta, Gary & Jessica (Roth), Aly Hanley.  He will be missed by his surviving Aunts –  Mary (Lopez) Ahumada and Harriet (Lien) Hullett and numerous cousins.

Mark had many lifelong friendships that he cherished, especially, his childhood friends Mark and Kathy Morello.  They set him up with Kathy on a blind date.   As he would always say “and I wasn’t blind”!

Mark was a proud member of Union 183 NALC where he enjoyed being a letter carrier for 23 years.   He would often have to run the end of his route due to chatting too much with his customers.   He would love to tell people about where he had been bitten by a dog (below the belt) and took pleasure in watching every man squirm with that story!

Mark was a recipient of a kidney.   If you spoke to him for more than 30 minutes you would know this fact.   He loved to say his wife Kathy was the donor and he was Norwegian, Mexican and a kidney’s worth of Irish.  In the end Mark was able to make a donation of his own which would make him happy.

He moved to Petaluma with his wife in 2000 and loved living in the “country”.

Mark was a lover of music and liked to share his latest finds “loudly” when people came to visit.  He also loved to go to concerts.  He was Kathy’s entertainment director!

He was also very lucky and had hours of stories of his wins throughout his life. You all know about the Harley!!

He was glad to be a volunteer at Kaiser Petaluma and wore his 800 hours of service badge with pride.

I am grateful for the care and compassion the nurses and doctors at Kaiser gave to Mark over the many years he was a member and especially during his final days.

Please join us for a “Celebration of Life” on Sunday January 14th at the Petaluma Woman’s Clubhouse.  Located at 518 B Street, Petaluma, CA – from 1:00pm – 4:00pm.   Please bring and share photo’s and stories of Mark. In lieu of flowers – please feel free to donate toward a commemorative bench that will be erected in Petaluma in Mark’s honor.   Donations can be made at Go Fund Me the link is