We are suffering the loss of a special outdoorsman today.
Mark Atkinson passed away today. Mark was a special friend. The kind that would do anything for you at any time. Mark was a true outdoorsman. From salmon fishing to bear hunting, Mark enjoyed it all. He was always first at throwing out one liners that always got a good laugh. He had a great sense of humor and a serious side, when required. His knowledge paralleled his keen instincts.
Mark gave me something that is a big part of my life. Bear hunting. This is how I got the privilege to know Mark. He had a way of doing things that simply, worked. He was the best damn bear baiter that I have ever known. From maintaining the correct attitude to patients, Mark has taught me what I know about bears. Along with many other things. He always seemed to have a saying for every situation. One of them, I am sure to never forget.
"Half of it is showing up, and as for the other half, well, it wont be because of lack of trying." -Mark Atkinson
Mark helped me understand life just a little bit better. He made bad situations, not so bad. He always said that you have to have bad things in order to make good things. Bad situations are what make the good ones so special. A lesson I will hold forever. I am honored to have know an outdoorsman and to have had a friend like Mark Atkinson. Every time I sit on stand bear hunting he will be sitting right next to me.
Thank you for all you have given to the world and you will forever be with us.