NORMAN — Mark Alan Montgomery, age 47, of Norman, passed away early Friday morning, Feb. 22, 2013, in Oklahoma City while flying a medic helicopter for Eagle Med. Mark was born Oct. 29, 1965, in Oklahoma City, the son of Dale and Charlotte (Henley) Montgomery.
Mass of Christian Burial for Mark will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, 3939 W. Tecumseh Road in Norman. Burial will conclude in Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery in Norman. A prayer vigil will be 7 p.m. Thursday, also at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church.
Mark attended public schools in Oklahoma City, graduating from Western Heights High School in 1983. He later enrolled at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in aviation.
He was united in marriage to Miss Anke Spitzhorn on Jan. 2, 1987, in Oklahoma City.
Mark retired as a chief warrant officer 4 after a very distinguished 23 years in the Army. He was a Master Army Aviator with more than 4,700 safe flight hours, culminating as the officer in charge of the Oklahoma Counterdrug Aviation Task Force. Mark was a graduate of the Air Assault course and was also a distinguished graduate of the Army Flight School Program. During his time in the Army, he became a trusted maintenance test pilot for the OH-58 Kiowa.
For more than 16 years, Mark excelled as one of the nation’s best Counterdrug pilots. His vast awards include the Good Conduct Medal, numerous Army achievement medals, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Oklahoma Commendation Medal and Meritorious Service Medal.
One of Mark’s most notable achievements, the Clarence R. Clarkson Aviation Safety Medal, was awarded three times for his skill as a pilot. Furthermore, he received top accolades and certificates from local and federal law enforcement such as the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, the United States Forest Service, Oklahoma State Police, the U.S. Marshals and the Drug Enforcement Agency. Ultimately, Mark was awarded the Governors Commendation for his many unselfish, outstanding acts to reduce illegal drugs in Oklahoma.