Mark Douglas Buettner

November 21, 1948August 7, 2020

Mark Douglas Buettner was born on November 21, 1948 and passed away on August 7, 2020 and is under the care of Evergreen Washelli Funeral Home.

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Tom Tanner

October 14, 2020

I knew Mark from the COGS bike club. He was a wonderful, cheery and positive contribution to any ride he joined. He is greatly missed by all his biking friends who had the great pleasure to share life with him.
God speed Mark and keep on riding!!

Jim Metzger

October 14, 2020

I just recently found out about Mark's passing. So Sad.
Great guy, great smile and loved his laugh. Mark and I lost track of one another due to employer changes. Mark and I worked together in construction on many projects. I always felt honored to have Mark on my team. Very wise and a great problem solver. Memories of the two of us sitting on a dock on Lake Washington during lunch break talking about life. He had great stories about Alaska. I will miss him dearly. My thoughts goes out to his family. Safe travels wherever you are my friend. Love Jim

Jim Olney

September 14, 2020

I'm saddened to hear of Marks's sudden passing. Our life intersected in numerous ways as Phinney Ridge neighbors, fellow woodworkers, former Alaskans, daughters in the NW Girl Choir and more. Mark gave my wife and me an introduction to curling. It's harder than it looks! He was proud to show off some of his smaller projects.

We are in the midst of renovating a 134-year-old Victorian house in Port Townsend and I've recently thought of inviting Mark over. His advice and encouragement would have been appreciated.
My condolences to all the Buettners for their loss.

Mary Varnum

September 7, 2020

I was just thinking of Mark, with his friendly smile and the twinkle in his eye. He was everyone’s friend. And so helpful. One had only to ask. He helped me move, not once but twice. We will all miss him so much when contra dancing is able to start up again. It’s so sad.

Robert Arima

September 2, 2020

I remember Mark as always smiling, a wonderful conversationalist, and a welcome fellow cyclist. I'm sure that where he is now, the cycling weather will always be blue skies, a tailwind, and beautiful scenery. Godspeed Mark.

Melva and Hilton Ward

August 27, 2020

Dear Mark, you brightened up our lives from the day we met you in Happy Harbour SE Alaska June 1999. Then in Seattle that same year you had us stay and we found we liked the same music and you introduced us to Wallace and Grommet. What a ray of sunshine you were. Now you will just have to be with us in spirit when the new Spindrift sets sail on our New Zealand coast, we will always admire the rudder. Condolences and love to your beautiful family. You will be missed for as long as we are alive.

Faithe Michael Schmits

August 27, 2020

My husband, Jeff Schmits, and I went to high school with Mark, and we are very sad that his journey here on earth has ended. He was such a special person. I have never forgotten how much I enjoyed his company. We had many philosophical conversations about life. We were two young teenagers trying to figure out life. We also shared a lot of laughs because he had a great sense of humor, and I admired his wonderful intellectual mind. My entire family was blessed several times when Mark showed up at our house to play classical music for us on his guitar. I regret that we did not stay in touch after high school. The last time we saw him was at a high school reunion many years ago. Rest in Peace, dear Mark. I'm grateful for the time we spent together.

David Collins

August 27, 2020

I met Mark during a Dancing Fool weekend. He was gracious enough to host me that year and other times. Often he would host several people during the same weekend. We'd all carpool back-n-forth together, and frequently have a late night potluck back at his place after a whole Saturday of dancing.

Sometimes when I was passing through, or visiting Seattle, Mark and I would meet for lunch, a walk in the park, or just hang out and chat.

I always looked forward to connecting with Mark when my travels took me to his neck of the woods, but so often he would be traveling to another dance weekend. I was always happy he was off dancing the whole weekend, and will remember Mark by the contra dancing.

Freda Lodge

August 27, 2020

We went to high school with Mark and are just finding out this morning about his passing. He was such a great spirit. Many of his classmates are posting (to our group messenger) good thoughts for his family.
My fondest memory is when four of us formed a signing group for a high school talent show. Maureen Martin Lane, Tim Neal, myself, and Mark. We practiced and practiced 2 songs that we sang, I know that we didn’t win lol, but we had such fun trying! Mark will be truly missed by all of us. Rest In Peace.

Jenny Foster

August 20, 2020

Mark, you were a kindred spirit. I can't believe how much I ache for the loss of you. Your warm, mischievous smile, the twinkle in your eye, your open-mindedness to talk about life with emotional intelligence. You were one of my absolute favorite dance partners and I will miss you greatly, so greatly... on every dance floor in my future. I'm so glad we took a couple opportunities to get "noonles" and lunch together when I worked downtown. I loved and looked forward to my interactions with you. Your spirit was so big, so loving, and leaves a hole - it's just so hard to process never seeing your face again. You were loved. You are missed. Rest in peace.