Mark Cudal Sison
September 3, 1933 – May 31, 2019
Mark Cudal Sison, Sahaptin name-Tahynook, was born on September 3, 1933 in Seattle WA to Marcos Sison and Edith John.
Mark was the oldest of twelve children, followed in order by sisters Marlene, and Gerrie, brothers Robert (Bob), Ricardo (Dick), Frank, Ronald (Ron), sisters Marcia, Consuelo (Connie), Francine, Jacqueline (Jackie), and Terry. Mark was a great big brother, caring for his brothers and sisters when the need arose. He would ensure they always had food.
Mark attended Garfield High School prior to joining the Navy in 1951. He served aboard the USS Iowa until 1955, serving in the Korean War and was on stand-by Reserves until honorable discharge in 1959. After leaving the Navy he worked in the hospitality industry at some of the finest hotels and restaurants in Seattle, including the Space Needle during the World’s Fair in 1962.
Mark returned to school and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1976 and later earned a master’s degree in Public Administration in 1981. He worked for HUD until retiring in 2002.
Mark joined the Inter-Tribal Warrior Society and served alongside fellow warriors. He attended parades, military honoring of those buried at Tahoma National Cemetery, posted and carried colors at numerous Pow Wows and honoring ceremonies for veterans throughout the State of Washington as well as in Arizona for Ira Hayes. It was an honor for him to work alongside fellow warriors including his brother Bob.
He is survived by his wife Nancy McIntosh-Sison, his brother Robert Sison, sisters Francine Lester, Jackie Wall, and Terry Carte. He is also survived by children Kathy Sison, Mark Sison, Craig Arndt, and Graylan King. His grandchildren include Alicia Raimondo, Amber Arndt, Kacie Thompson, Tahni Arndt, Sabrina Sison, Ryan Sison, Michael Scriven and Tyler Sison, Max King and Lalia King. Great-grandchildren are Dylan, Madeline, Vivian, Evelyn, Gary and Emma. With the birth of his great-grandchildren, he earned the title G-G-Pa.
The family welcomes your presence at his memorial service on June 9, 2019, 10am at Daybreak Star in Seattle WA. Dinner to follow at Billy Frank Gym at the Nisqually Tribal Headquarters in Yelm. Burial is Monday, June 10, 2019 at 12:30 at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent WA.
- Michael Scriven
- Tyler Sison
- Monty Sison
- Tony Mercado
- Mariano Sison
- Maurice Sison
- Bob Sison, Honorary Pallbearer
- David McIntosh, Honorary Pallbearer
- Inter-Tribal Warrior Society, Honorary Pallbearer
- Falcon Sison, Honorary Pallbearer
- Thomas Mercado, Honorary Pallbearer
- Brian Mercado, Honorary Pallbearer
- Ricardo Sison, Honorary Pallbearer
- Steven Sison, Honorary Pallbearer
- Louis Boyle, Honorary Pallbearer
- Robert Boyle, Honorary Pallbearer
- Jeffrey Wall, Honorary Pallbearer
- Chad Wall, Honorary Pallbearer
- Casey Carte, Honorary Pallbearer
- Funeral Service Sunday, June 9, 2019
- Dinner to Follow Service Sunday, June 9, 2019
- Burial Service Monday, June 10, 2019
Mark Cudal Sison
June 9, 2019
Mark was a valued member of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and specifically the Office of Native American Programs. It was our good fortune to know him, work with him, observe him. His quiet demeanor spoke volumes. Our condolences to the family. Our thanks and recognition to him for his military service. What a guy, what a guy. We too shall miss our brother.
Laurie E Sison
June 7, 2019
One memory that will always come to mind when I think of meeting and getting to know Dad is how proud he was to tell people I was Colville!
He was so proud to have a Native American daughter in law. He spoke of this whenever he introduced me to others.
He was proud that his grandson was enrolled Colville too.
Through the years, he learned to depend on Mark F, me, Michael and Tyler to clean the roofs, leaves and trim the trees-especially that booger in the front yard that is so tall, but needed the tallest of the tall branches trimmed!
I remember Suni and Cher, who were the light of his life when they were around. Kind and gentle pups he was proud to call daughter.
I remember the gruffness and kindness, the warnings that were meant to keep us all safe so we were able to return safely from mountain trips, road trips, and the like. His stern warnings will ring in my ears and heart, because I know they were spoken out of love and caring for all of us.
I remember the cards he sent to the boys with a five dollar bill in each one and a Happy Birthday message with the year written on the bottom of the card for posterity.
I remember how much he loves my ONE Mark and called him brat.
Love you Dad, until we all see you again.