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OBIT: Mark Coon Obituary February 19, 1960 - October 6, 2015

Mark Coon Obituary

Mark S. CoonFebruary 19, 1960 - October 6, 2015
Resident of Walnut Creek


Mark Stephen Coon, age 55, tragically and unexpectedly passed away on October 6, 2015 in Walnut Creek, California. Born on February 19, 1960 in New Zealand, he lived in England in his early years before moving to the States.

Mark leaves behind his beloved wife, June Bashant, two children (ages 13 and 11), brother Jeremy (Wendy), stepmother (Sherri), mother-in-law Patricia, sister-in-law Dawn (Eric), loving nieces and nephews, and countless friends and colleagues who were blessed to know him. He is predeceased by his father Michael and younger brother Sasha.

Mark was the City Attorney for the City of Concord, California. He received his bachelor's degree from UCLA, then his J.D. from Hastings College of the Law in 1986. He started his legal career at Carroll Burdick & McDonough, then joined Archer McComas & Lageson (now Archer Norris) in 1993, where he met and married his wife. He joined the Concord City Attorney's Office in 2002, where he was later promoted to the position of City Attorney of Concord. While there, he established an "Open Door" Policy with the public and City staff, making himself directly accessible to all.

Always the consummate gentleman, Mark was a gentle spirit with the highest of integrity. He loved his family above all. As an attorney, his clients were grateful for his intellect, legal expertise, graciousness, and kind demeanor. Mark was truly a friend to everyone.

Mark enjoyed backpacking with his friends, swimming, cycling, kayaking, and surfing.

A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, October 12, 2015 at St. Perpetua Catholic Church, 3454 Hamlin Road, Lafayette. Arrangements are in the care of Hull's Walnut Creek Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any contributions be made to an educational fund for the benefit of Mark and June's children, payable to June P. Bashant, and mailed to the Rouda, Feder, Tietjen, McGuinn Law Firm, 44 Montgomery St, Suite 4000, SF, CA 94104, attention Cheree Gonzalez.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Oct. 10, 2015
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