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Molly Stranahan

Mark Stranahan

January 30, 1957 - December 30, 2020

Please share your memories of Mark, and browse this site as we add photos and memories. The link to the online celebration of Mark's life on January 30, 2021 will be found here.

The world is more dimly lit since Mark Stranahan, the middle child of George and Betsy Stranahan, left this place on December 30, 2020 at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as a result of complications of septic necrotizing pancreatitis. He was 63.Mark's was a remarkable life, well-lived. He was an extraordinary man and his loss leaves a great emptiness in the hearts of many.  Mark's journey began in...  see more
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  • Sophia De Groen Stendahl
    To Mark’s family,
    I was shocked to see Mark’s obituary in the local Island paper this week. Absolutely shocked, and deeply saddened. I had only known Mark for the handful of years he has been on Vashon, but they were very meaningful, and I had...  more
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  • Gaia Swan
    I’m going to keep this real. He was not a perfect man. Our partnership was a privilege of love, emotional intimacy and shared dreams. I’m going to illuminate what Mark told me were his insights, his challenges and his plans in the last three and a...  more
  • Joanna Hastings
    Mark was my friend. He was many other things - board member, parent at our school - and through all of it he was my friend. His loss leaves a gap that can’t be filled. Thank you, dear Mark, for countering crisis with empathy, bureaucracy with...  more
  • Magda Grobner
    I didn’t know Mark well, but I did have the opportunity to jam with him, Karen, and my husband, in our stinky basement on more than one occasion. There I was, a complete novice wannabe drummer, struggling just to maintain a simple steady rock beat,...  more
  • Renee Shelton
    Mark... an amazing force of intelligence, story telling, love, intensity, inspiration. He is an irreplaceable part of our family. John and I, along with our girls, will miss and love him forever. See you again my friend in the great beyond.
  • Kent Bullard
    Zipping around Aspen in winter with the Jeep, scouting for for hitchhikers and not getting any takers. Mark thought this was great fun.
  • Karen Prochnow
    The Long Road (Eddie Vedder, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan)

    And I wished for so long, cannot stay
    All the precious moments, cannot stay
    It's not like wings have fallen, cannot stay
    But still something's missing, cannot say

    Will I walk the long road? Cannot...  more
  • Lisa Wozniak
    I wanted to share what I wrote on January 7th in a weekly newsletter I send out to the people closest to our work at the Michigan League of Conservation Voters:

    The loss of a remarkable board member: Mark Stranahan

    Last year was one that so many of us...  more
  • Ben  Stranahan
    As we all know life is filled with ups and downs, twist and turns. Unfortunately, I think for most of us during this last year we’ve all become too accustomed to the downs and those twists and turns that lead us in an undesirable direction. I know for...  more
  • Karen Prochnow
    Karen Prochnow added 1 photo(s) to the memorial Mark Stranahan:
  • Gaia Swan
    Gaia Swan added 1 photo(s) to the memorial Mark Stranahan:
  • Gaia Swan
    -for Marcos

    One architect
    Two homes
    Three wives
    Four children.

    His parts, his gears, his machinations,
    Embodied with perfection, his energy exists in many forms.
    Wantonly, he converts from one form to another,
    With a lust for...  more