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On Dec. 24, 2017, Mark J. Devlin entered into eternal paradise and left us here on earth only to start the greatest reunion in heaven that one could ever imagine. Mark was born in Keene Valley, N.Y., to Jack and Judy Devlin on Jan. 17, 1949. He was a very proud Vietnam veteran and was enlisted in the Airforce from 1967-1971. After returning home, Mark began his career as a correction officer. As he would say, eventually retiring after nearly thirty-two years in corrections and retired as a Lieutenant from Moriah Shock with his four years military and correction years combined. After retiring Mark also ventured in logging, saying it was simply something to do that he had always wanted to. Any excuse to be in the woods and keep busy. Mark is a past member of the Jay Fire Department and a current fireman with the Upper Jay Fire Department.
Mark is survived by his wife Donna; son and daughter-in-law, John and Tammy Devlin, son and daughter-in-law Trevor and Amie Davis Devlin both of Jay, daughter and son-in-law Michelle and Phil Covey; and his beloved sister, Barbara Nelson. Mark was also blessed with being married the first time to his lovely and treasured Fanny Joy, cherished mother of their two sons for over sixteen years whom together built the loving family that exists and is ever strong today by that love they both had instilled for their family. Mark's greatest treasurer in his life were his grandchildren; granddaughter Elizabeth "Lizzy" LeClair and two grandsons, Ethan and Hayden Devlin. They were Grampy's Boys, and there was nothing he wouldn't do for them and every moment he had with them was cherished in his eyes. Mark was lucky enough to have several nieces and nephews; David Nelson, Julie Tromblee, Mark and Tracy Devlin, Nicky Smith and many great-nephews, nieces, and cousins as well.
Mark enjoyed anything outdoors especially hunting and fishing, vegetable gardening, and any excuse to walk in the woods or off the beaten path...he may have gotten a few deer in his life. If you wanted to know something about deer, fish, or the trees all you had to do was ask Mark and he probably could tell you the answer.
Mark was predeceased by his parents, Jack and Judy Devlin, his brothers Thomas and Francis Devlin, sister Kathy Torrance, and first wife, Fanny Devlin.
Donations in his memory can be made to The University of Vermont Health Network CVPH, Boston Massachusetts General Hospital, or Hospice of the North Country.
A viewing (wake) will be held on Dec. 29, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Thwaits-Zaumeter Funeral Home, 3 College Street, Au Sable Forks, N.Y., United States.
A funeral service will be held on Dec. 30, at 11 a.m. at Holy Name Church, Main Street, Au Sable Forks, N.Y., United States.
A reception will be on Dec. 30, at 1 p.m. at Upper Jay Fire House, 161 Valley Road, Upper Jay, N.Y.
Published on December 27, 2017
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