Mark Corey Christine
December 29, 2011
Fishing the pristine rivers of heaven…
Mark Corey Christine passed peacefully on Dec. 21, 2011 in Colorado, surrounded by friends and family.
The finest friend anyone could ever have, Mark was known for his generous spirit. He lived life to the fullest and was always there for the people he cared for most. Residing in Colorado over the past several years, his passions were his yellow Lab, Spencer, photography, fly fishing on local rivers (most recently as an ambassador with Frying Pan Anglers in Basalt), growing stands of sunflowers, tending potato patches and caring for the home he shared with his life-long friend, Aggie Skirball, in Old Snowmass.
Born and raised in Litchfield, Conn., Mark spent several years as a young man serving in the U.S. Army. Stationed in Bertesgarten, Germany, he taught skiing to the uppermost in command.
After the Army, Mark’s Colorado connection started at the University of Denver, where he majored in business. Matriculating to USC in Los Angeles, he received an MBA in the late ’70s, after which he began his career as assistant to the CFO of Caesar’s World in Los Angeles. A clothing manufacturing business in Orange County followed, along with a continuing interest in financial investment consulting. Deep-sea fishing was a favorite pastime.
In addition to Aggie, Mark is survived by close friend Captain Jim Chapman of Corona Del Mar; brother Peter Christine of Maine; daughter Corey Christine Raney and her husband, Rob Raney; and grandson Connor Raney, all of Los Angeles. In addition to his family, he will be forever missed by his many friends in Los Angeles, Colorado and beyond. The oceans and rivers he loved will miss his presence off their shores.
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Donations in Mark’s memory may be made to Challenge Aspen and will be restricted for use toward the Challenge Aspen Military Opportunities (C.A.M.O.) summer program for fly fishing called Gold Medal Waters Fly Fishing camp. Mark donated much of his time and expertise to this program to benefit our returning wounded warriors and their families.
In Mark’s memory please send donations to: The Mark Christine Memorial; P.O. Box 6639; Snowmass Village, CO 81615 or call (970) 923-0578 to make a donation over the phone.
A memorial service will be held in 2012 when the fishing is great and the rivers are ready.