Mark Alan Sanborn


March 24, 1959
- March 17, 2011

BROWNVILLE - Mark Alan Sanborn, 51, beloved husband of Merlene (Philbrook) Sanborn, passed on peacefully at their camp on Ebeemee Pond surrounded by his family on March 17, 2011 after a brief battle with cancer. He was born in Milo, March 24, 1959, son of Alan and Helene (Buckley) Sanborn.

Mark graduated from Penquis Valley High School in Milo in 1977, the University of Maine at Machias in 1983, and earned a Master of Education degree from the University of Maine in 1994. Mark was a proud member of the Penobscot Indian Nation, and a tribal employee for 25 years.

Mark shared a 32 year honeymoon with his wife Merlene. He was a devoted Dad, hero and mentor to their children, Matt Sanborn and his girlfriend Sarah Lingley of Bangor, and Mike and Heidi Sanborn of Glenburn. He leaves behind his mother Helene Sanborn of Milo, brothers Brian, wife Laura, and children Jennifer, Tristan and Brandon of Sangerville, Eric Sanborn of Portland, and his sister Renee Sanborn and her son Evan of Indian Island. Mark was predeceased by his father Alan. Mark will be greatly missed by many aunts, uncles, cousins, numerous friends, and the entire Philbrook family.

Mark touched many people with his intelligence, his wonderful sense of humor, his vast knowledge and taste in music, and by sharing his love of Ebeemee Pond. He treasured his time with family and close friends � especially Dave Philbrook, Monte and Denise Miller, and Karen and Scott Keim. In addition to volunteering for Project Linus, Mark was active in the Brownville and Penobscot Nation communities. He was a member of the PVHS Alumni Association.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 1:00 pm at the Brownville Community Church, officiated by the Reverend Ann Purdy with speakers Greg Buckley (Mark's uncle) and his friend, the Chief of the Penobscot Indian Nation Kirk Francis. A memorial scholarship fund will be established in Mark's name for a Penobscot tribal member attending Eastern Maine Community College. Contributions may be sent to EMCC Foundation, 354 Hogan Road, Bangor ME 04401.


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