Today is going to be a difficult day. I am going to the funeral of a dear friend who fought Sarcoma valiantly for over three years. He has been such an amazing example to me and has shown such tender care and concern for me since Trent's passing. He is one of those people who you feel an eternal connection to the second you meet him. My heart aches for his sweet wife and their five children. We know all too well the pain and heartache that they are experiencing. I take comfort in knowing that families are eternal and I am sure that he and Trent will be busily working together to accomplish the Lord's work on the other side. Mark was a giant of a warrior here and will continue his fight until the return of our Savior. Make no mistake about it, God is building His army.
Mark Francis Kailing returned to his Heavenly home May 21. Mark is the youngest child born to Rebecca Reynolds Silverberg and Gene Kailing (Susan). Mark was born and raised in beautiful San Francisco, Calif., and the surrounding area. He was very close in age with his only siblings, his sisters; Rachel Strom and Ariel Wundes (John).
Mark found the gospel of Jesus Christ at age 23 and it forever changed his life. He was sealed to his love, LaDena in the Logan, LDS Temple on August 13, 1992. Together they created an exciting life. They welcomed five children into their forever family; Andrew Solomon (16), Aubrielle ShaLina (15), Ammoriah Rachelle (12), Ava Olea (8), and Amari Shinehah (4).
Mark was never discouraged when life became challenging. Even when he faced the hardship of cancer for 3 1-2 years he would say, "God deserves the benefit of the doubt." Mark served in many callings in the church and was able to love and influence many people in congregations in San Francisco, Fresno, Modesto, Winnemucca, Logan and Providence. He shared with us recently; "I have experienced the choicest blessings because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I will die a very happy man."
Mark graduated as a doctor from California School of Professional Psychology, in Fresno, Calif., in June of 1996. Mark began his professional career testing and counseling at a high school in Fresno, then a rural clinic in Corcoran, Calif. He did his residency placement at Fresno City Community College and his post-doctoral internship in Modesto at a psychiatric hospital. He joined a group practice; Evergreen Family Institute in Logan, Utah. With a growing family he decided to take a psychologist position at Winnemucca Mental Health in Nevada. Eventually he opened a private practice in both Winnemucca and Logan, and has been working both locations for many years. Even through cancer treatments, Mark never quit working. Mark developed very simplified theories on life, personality, the universe, truth, etc. His ability to make the profound simple is what has made him a good teacher. Dr. Kailing touched the lives of hundreds in his years of service as a psychologist. He loved seeing the growth and improvement in the lives of others.