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Mark Anthony Chonko was born to Angela and Vincent Chonko on May 28, 1954. At an early age, he was drawn to music, the stars and all things science. He developed a deep love for nature. Mark continued his love of learning at the University of Texas in Austin where he earned his undergraduate degree in Physics and his Masters in Electrical Engineering. He used these skills for many years as an employee of Motorola and Freescale until 2009. After retirement, Mark took great joy in working with the Texas Hearing and Service Dogs and Montesino Farms and becoming a Master Naturalist. Above all, Mark was devoted to his family. His wife, Donna Sue Gaddie, and their children, Jon Matthew Chonko and Leanna Faith Chonko. Together, they enjoyed hiking, camping, raucous dinners, goofy pajamas, and more than anything they enjoyed loving their time with each other. After a long battle with glioblastoma brain cancer, Mark Anthony Chonko passed away and got a new set of wings on November 24, 2013.