Mark Wells Arnett, 72, of Middleway, passed away peacefully March 8, 2021 at the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility in Clarksburg, in the comforting presence of his son Chris.
Born October 2, 1948 in Martinsburg, WV, Mark was the son of the late Col. David W. Arnett and Anne Wells Arnett. He was raised on Fair Acres Farm in Inwood and was a Musselman High School alumnus, class of 1966.
Mark served seven years in the United States Air Force, including two years in Vietnam. Passionate about technology, he was an electronics mechanic and radar repairman specializing in Missile Warning and Space Surveillance Sensor equipment. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant and received the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Air Force Good Conduct Medal with two oak leaf clusters.
Following honorable discharge from the Air Force Mark worked for Siemens Medical Solutions Corporation for 30 years, installing and repairing x-ray equipment across the southwest. He inherited his love of travel from his parents, and traveled extensively in his motor home. He was an excellent photographer and especially loved to document his trips to botanical gardens across the United States.
Mark is survived by two sons, Christopher Wells Arnett and Kit DeKock Arnett; two sisters, Miriam A. Brown and husband Robert, and Jane E. Arnett; sister-in-law Sharon Arnett; Aunt Harriet Tucker; nephews Michael Arnett (Tracy), Brian Arnett (Jennifer), Jacob Ritenour, niece Renee Ritenour; and several cousins.
Mark wished to express his gratitude for his sisters’ care and support, the Martinsburg VA staff, the Clarksburg Veterans Facility, and to personal care givers who became close friends and felt like family.
In addition to both parents, Mark was preceded in death by one brother, Col. David W. Arnett II.
In lieu of a memorial service, Mark will be interred at a US National Military Cemetery.