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Mark E. Dutton, Sr., 77

TILTON — Mark E. Dutton Sr., 77, a longtime resident of Tilton died at his home, Sunday, March 3, 2013 with his family at his side following a period of failing health. Mark was born at the Morgan homestead, Lower Gilmanton, May 16, 1935, son of the late C. Fred and Dorothy (Edgerly) Dutton. He was lovingly raised by family members, Alice Morgan, Mary and Frank Edgerly and his "almost mother" Marian Welch. He spent his youth and was educated in Gilmanton Corner School and graduated from Pittsfield High School. He later lived in the Belmont area before moving to Tilton in 1984. For many years Mark was employed as a truck driver, retiring after thirty five years with Willeys Express, twenty five years of which he was a member of the Teamsters, Local 633. He loved listening and dancing to Old Country and Western music, working in the woods, gardening and trips to the White Mountains, and visiting with his grandchildren telling stories about his life in Gilmanton. He had a great fondness for the Old Man of the Mountain, collecting memorabilia over the years. He was a member of the American Legion. Mark served with the New Hampshire National Guard, 281st Army Band for three years, playing the Sousaphone. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1953, honorably discharged in 1956. He served with the 1st Marine Division including, Occupation in Korea.
He was predeceased by, a daughter, Cindy Sue Corson, sons Donald and David Dutton.
His family includes his wife of 28 years, Donna L. (Hosmer) Dutton of Tilton; sister, Frances Holt of White River Jct., Vermont; his children, William Dutton of Belmont, Daniel Dutton of Chichester, Douglas Dutton of Oklahoma, Mark Dutton of Belmont, Dean Dutton of Belmont, Joe Corson of Belmont, Patrick Sargent of Gilmanton Iron Works and Craig Sargent of Crestview, Florida, Loretta Fugere of Belmont, Elizabeth Fitts of Oklahoma, Dorothy Trask of Gilford, Debbie Cote of Oklahoma and Michele Foye of Lochmere; numerous grand and great-grandchildren and many cousins, nephews, nieces and friends from Maine to Florida.
Calling hours will be held Tuesday, March 12, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Franklin-Tilton Road in Tilton. Burial, with honors, will be at a later date at the Smith Meeting House Cemetery in Gilmanton. Those wishing may make memorial contributions in Mark's name to the Franklin Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, 75 Chestnut Street, Franklin, NH 03235.
For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com.
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