Mark Alan Brooks

Mark Alan Brooks

Mark Alan Brooks

Mark Alan Brooks

July 5, 1963 – Jan. 17, 2021

Anchorage resident Mark Alan Brooks, 57, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021 at his cabin in Ninilchik.

Mark was born July 5, 1963 in Ventura, California. He moved to Colorado as a child and later moved to Alaska in 1963, residing in Anchorage. There he worked for L&M Motors. He also served in the U.S. National Guard.

Mark enjoyed fishing, hunting, model airplanes and his motorcycle. He was close with his family and friends and had a great soul. He will be missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, cousins, uncles, and grandparents.

Mark is survived by his son, Robert Brooks; daughter, Marsha Strate, both of Alaska; sisters, Diana Taipalus of Colorado, and Beth Snider of Texas; brothers, Adam, James and Chris Waddy, all of Colorado; partner, Virginia Black; and former spouse, Liesel Snidar, both of Alaska.

Services will be held at a later date. A mass was dedicated in his honor on Feb. 27, 2021, at Saint Patrick’s Parish and can be viewed on the church’s Facebook page.

Memorial donations may be done online at

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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