Mark H. Haskell, Sr., 42: Devoted his life, career to flying planes

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BRUNSWICK — Mark Hamilton Haskell, Sr., 42, of Brunswick, died July 17 in South Portland from injuries resulting from a plane crash.

On April 25, 1968, he was born in Brunswick, a son of Warren H. and Marilyn L. Allen Haskell and attended local schools.

His love of planes began at a very young age, and at age 17 he flew his first solo flight.

After graduating from Daniel Webster College, he attended Air Traffic Control School in Oklahoma City, Okla., where he graduated as valedictorian.  

For 20 years, he worked at the Portland International Jetport in FAA Air Traffic Control, where he was instrumental in completing air traffic studies and aerospace redesign for the Portland Tower.

Throughout his career, he received numerous letters of commendation for providing superior air traffic services in difficult emergency situations. He received the Point With Pride Award for outstanding assistance provided to an aircraft in distress.

His good nature and willingness to lend assistance whenever possible will be missed by the Portland Tower staff.

He was involved in other special projects with the Portland Jetport and Brunswick Naval Air Station, including piloting his Yak-52 and serving as the FAA representative for air shows.

Additionally, he volunteered his time and airplane in the FAA co-sponsored Aviation Career Education Academy program for middle and high school students. Other activities included flying in the National Day of Prayer Flight over Augusta, flybys over the Yarmouth Clam Festival, and participating in the Brunswick Memorial Day wreath drop and the Pumpkin Drop in Sanford.

His faith was very important to him and he was studying to become an ordained minister. He was a member of the Brunswick Church of the Nazarene.

On Oct. 5, 1996, he married Alison L. Smith.

He was predeceased by his father in 2003.

Surviving are his wife Alison of Brunswick; his three children, sons Mark H. Haskell, Jr., and Aaron Haskell, and daughter Elizabeth, all of Brunswick; his mother Marilyn of Brunswick; a brother, Dale Haskell of Topsham, and a sister, Kathy French of Brunswick; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, T.A. Smith and Gretchen of Augusta; several aunts and uncles; and cousins.

Visiting hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 22 at Brackett Funeral Home, 29 Federal St., Brunswick.  

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 23 at the Church of the Nazarene, Mckeen Street, Brunswick.  

Memorial donations can be made to the Haskell Children’s Scholarship Fund,  c/o Atlantic Regional Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 188, Brunswick, ME 04011.  

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