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Mark Dillard

March 18, 1966 — January 5, 2023

Mark Dillard, age 56, of Albuquerque, NM passed away in his home after spending his last week surrounded by loved ones in his well-deserved retirement from Albuquerque Fire Department. He began as a cadet in the fire academy in 1996 and made his way up to dispatch by 2004. In 2006, Mark was awarded Firefighter of the Year, and throughout was known for his wild resourcefulness. Whether it was instructing the use of a shoestring to assist delivering a baby or making a sling out of brown paper towels for a dislocated shoulder at dance practice; he was never without a solution. Above all he was incredibly honest, genuinely thoughtful, and deeply loved. Mark joins his father Don and sister Carla in final rest. Those he leaves behind came from every walk of life. His mother, Gladys; sisters, Pam and Mona; daughters, Jessica and Jordan; and nieces/nephews from the Dillard, Painter, Valerio, and Kileen families. He leaves veterans, firefighters, neighbors, grade school friends, government workers, sports lovers, stoners, and all friends known as family, with the ache of grief. He rarely missed a day of word puzzles, so this cryptoquip is on the house ABQ Journal! He was a complex person, with the talent to be precise in simple words. He gave this advice to all those that looked up to him, especially his daughters and their friends. "He..."


Clue: W = D , Q = A

Answer to deciphered phrase provided in following website info.

Services will be held on Friday, January 13, 2023, 3:00 p.m., at FRENCH - Westside, with a reception to follow at 4:20 p.m. Interment will take place on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, 2:00 p.m., at Ringling Memorial Cemetery in Ringling, OK.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2023

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